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Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion re-named Starplex Pavilion

By Preston Jones

January 03, 2017 04:45 PM

As I noted on Twitter this morning, something about the announcement of a Chicago/Doobie Brothers performance in June looked off: Starplex Pavilion?

I reached out to a Live Nation rep to confirm whether this was a typo and this afternoon, the concert promoter said the name wasn’t a mistake — the Fair Park venue once known only as Starplex is going back to that name for its 2017 season. No reason for the change was given.

The space formerly (and most recently) known as Gexa Energy Pavilion was christened thusly in 2011, originally in a three-year deal, as reported at the time by the Dallas Observer. The venue, which is managed by Live Nation, reserved the right to extend the deal as it saw fit, and did so for another two years past the original three-year expiration.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the name change was a surprise to city officials, but that the venue retained the right to call itself whatever it pleased.

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