23 SMG Venues Ranked in Pollstar’s 2015 Mid-Year Charts

West Conshohocken, PA (July 13, 2015) – SMG-managed venues accounted for more than 3.1 million concert tickets sold through the first half of 2015 while landing 16 arenas on Pollstar Magazine’s mid-year list of the Top 100 Arena Venues and 5 theaters on the Top 100 Theaters mid-year chart.  The rankings were released on July 10, 2015 by the industry trade publication.

“We continue to do strong business in our U.S. arenas and theaters” said SMG Executive Vice President, Doug Thornton. “Our venues have worked closely with of our promoter partners to deliver a number of great performances so far this year, which is great news for the fans and communities that we serve. We are very pleased to see these fantastic results and look forward to a successful second half of the year.”

Manchester Arena took the top SMG spot, ranking second in the world with 761,563 tickets sold. Leading the way in the United States was the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK, which ranked 47th in the world with 142,235 tickets sold.

SMG’s John Sharkey EVP Europe said “I am delighted that Manchester has delivered a great first half in its 20th anniversary year with some great runs and some terrific artists. I am equally pleased that our First Direct Arena in Leeds reached the top 20 for the first time and that all five European arenas made it into the top 30. It is testimony to the hard work and success delivered by all our team and the great relationships we enjoy with some of the best promoters in the business.”

The complete list of SMG-managed venues in the Pollstar mid-year rankings includes:


Manchester Arena Manchester, United Kingdom

First Direct Arena                                            Leeds, United Kingdom

Odyssey Arena                                                  Belfast, United Kingdom

Konig – Pilsener Arena                                   Oberhausen, Germany

Metro Radio Arena                                           Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Chesapeake Energy Arena                              Oklahoma City, OK

Coliseo de Puerto Rico                                    San Juan, Puerto Rico

BOK Center                                                       Tulsa, OK

Van Andel Arena                                              Grand-Rapids, MI

Save Mart Center                                             Fresno, CA

CenturyLink Center                                         Bossier City, LA

INTRUST Bank Arena                                    Wichita, KS

Smoothie King Center                                     New Orleans, LA

Times Union Center                                        Albany, NY

Richmond Coliseum                                        Richmond, VA

Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza            Wilkes Barre, PA



N. Charleston PAC                                             N. Charleston, SC

Wagner Noël PAC                                              Midland/Odessa, TX

DeVos Performance Hall                                  Grand Rapids, MI

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts    Worcester, MA

Altria Theatre                                                      Richmond, VA

Peoria Civic Center Theater                              Peoria, IL

Saenger Theater                                                  Pensacola, FL


Pollstar is a weekly trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. Rankings are published on a quarterly basis.