AEG Facilities once again dominated Pollstar’s 2017 first quarter rankings, with 24 affiliated arenas appearing on the list of the top 100 arenas worldwide. With the two top arenas in the world, 65 percent of ticket sales in the Top 5 arenas based on concert and show ticket sales were sold in AEG Facilities arenas. In total, AEG Facilities accounted for more than 3 million tickets sold in the first quarter of 2017, accumulated from the top 100 venues across 4 continents. Overall, 24 venues owned, operated or affiliated with AEG Facilities were named in the list of the top 100 arenas worldwide, including four of the top 10-accounting for 50 percent of global ticket sales, five of the top 15, eight of the top 30, and 15 of the top 50 arenas for the first quarter of 2017.
Statistics and rankings were compiled by the well-respected concert and venue industry publication Pollstar magazine. Pollstar is the leading international publication for the concert industry, which publishes quarterly, mid-year and annual rankings of top arenas in ticket sales worldwide.
AEG Facilities’ The O2 in London, which has led the rankings every year since it opened in 2007, once again tops the list at No. 1, with more than 570,000 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2017, while The SSE Hydro (Glasgow, United Kingdom) ranked No. 2 worldwide. Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany) ranked No. 5 worldwide while Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.) came in No. 7 worldwide and No. 1 in the United States. Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany) ranked No. 5, giving AEG Facilities four venues in the top 10 worldwide.
“Pollstar’s first quarter rankings showcase AEG Facilities’ strength as the industry leader in attracting the world’s greatest events as the world-class arenas in our portfolio continue to perform at record levels,” said Bob Newman, president, AEG Facilities. “We look forward to an even more successful year.”
The complete list of venues AEG Facilities owns, operates or is affiliated with that placed in the Top 100 for the 2017 first-quarter rankings include:
The O2, London – 1
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK – 2
Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany – 5
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. – 7
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin – 12
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai – 16
Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. – 19
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio – 22
Ericson Globe, Stockholm – 32
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London – 33
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif. – 37
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev. – 42
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, Calif. – 48
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. – 49
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. – 50
Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Canada – 51
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. – 53
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. – 58
Perth Arena, Perth, Australia – 62
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. – 65
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall, Australia – 69
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 70
KeyArena, Seattle – 76
Target Center, Minneapolis – 77
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, Calif.), StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, Calif.), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), LeSports Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, Hawaii) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.