Sprint Center Opens 2014 As America’s Fourth Busiest Arena
Kansas City, MO (April 14, 2014) – Pollstar Magazine, the leading concert and venue industry publication, released 2014 first quarter rankings for live entertainment and concert ticket sales. In the first quarter issue which hits newsstands this week, Sprint Center was named fourth busiest arena in the United States and earned the 14th spot among worldwide venues.
“Being named the fourth busiest arena in the United States is an honor to be celebrated by fans throughout Kansas City and the entire Midwest region,” said Brenda Tinnen, Sprint Center/AEG Kansas City general manager and senior vice president. “Sprint Center is humbled to begin 2014 with continued success.”
With the exception of Sprint Center, located in Kansas City, Mo. three of the top four US venues are located in the northeast (New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia). Fewer than 6,800 tickets separated venues in the second through fourth slots. Pollstar collects box office reports from nearly 100 percent of the world’s top-level artists, promoters and venues. Rankings are based on tickets sold for live entertainment performances between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2014.
On Jan. 18, 2014, Sprint Center set a one show attendance record when 19,591 fans witnessed George Strait’s ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ Farewell Tour. In addition to hosting more than 100,000 basketball fans for the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, Sprint Center hosted diverse programming from a variety of genres including Jeff Dunham, Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum, as well as family shows and motorsports events.
About Sprint Center/AEG Kansas City
Sprint Center is Kansas City’s home for live entertainment and sporting events. Anchor to more than $6 billion of reinvestment in a revitalized downtown Kansas City, the award winning venue has welcomed nearly 7 million guests attending nearly 750 events. Having exceeded attendance and financial projections in each year since opening in 2007, AEG/Sprint Center has provided nearly $9.3 million in unanticipated revenue to the City of Kansas City, Mo. through a revenue sharing provision in the arena management agreement. For additional information, visit www.sprintcenter.com, www.twitter.com/sprintcenter or www.facebook.com/sprintcenterkc.