For Immediate Release


West Conshohocken, PA (January 15, 2014) –  SMG-managed arenas and theatres completed another outstanding year with 31 arenas appearing on Pollstar Magazine’s annual list of the Top 200 Arena Venues.   Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, UK took the top SMG spot, finishing the year ranked second in the world with more than 1.1 million concert tickets sold. Leading the way in the United States was the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., which ranked 34th in the world with 426,536  tickets sold.  SMG had eight theatres making the list of Top 100 Theatre Venues as well as two SMG-managed stadiums made the Top 100 Outdoor Stadiums/Festival sites rankings – Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX and Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. The rankings, which were released last week, are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts and shows during 2013.

“Last year was another outstanding year for SMG. We not only achieved great rankings with our venues, but also opened new state-of-the-art arenas in Leeds, UK and Lincoln, Nebraska,” said SMG President and CEO Wes Westley.   “We’ve continued to expand our management agreements with some of the nation’s finest theatres. Our first year of operating the historic National Theatre in Washington, DC was highlighted by sales of nearly 50,000 tickets for the new musical IF/Then. Congratulations to all of our buildings that made Pollstar’s annual lists.”

Westley added: “We look forward to another great year in 2014 including the opening of the new McClane Stadium at Baylor University as well as the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.”

In all, SMG arenas accounted for more than 5.5 million concert tickets sold in 2013, while SMG-managed theatres accounted for more than 600,000 tickets sold.

The complete list of SMG-managed venues on Pollstar’s rankings includes:


Phones 4u  Arena


BOK Center

Tulsa, OK

Coliseo de Puerto Rico


Odyssey Arena


Koing – Pilsener Arena

Oberhausen, GERMANY

Metro Radio Arena

Newcastle upon Tyne, UNITED KINGDOM

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oklahoma City, OK

INTRUST Bank Arena

Wichita, KS

Van Andel Arena

Grand-Rapids, MI

New Orleans Arena

New Orleans, LA

Save Mart Center

Fresno, GA

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, NJ

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Area

Jacksonville, FL

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Baltimore Arena

Baltimore, MD

Long Beach Arena

Long Beach, CA

Selland Arena

Fresno, CA

Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza

Wilkes-Barre, PA

First Direct Arena

Leeds, UK

Laredo Energy Arena

Laredo, TX

Verizon Wireless Arena

Manchester, NH

Huntington Center

Toledo, OH

John Paul Jones Arena

Charlottesville, VA

Rogers K-Rock Centre

Kingston, CANADA

Peoria Civic Center Arena

Peoria, IL

DCU Center

Worcester, MA

CenturyLink Center

Bossier City, LA

Santander Arena

Reading, PA

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Lincoln, NE

Stockton Arena

Stockton, CA



Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Worcester, MA

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Midland, TX

Peoria Civic Center Theater

Peoria, IL

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

North Charleston, SC

DeVos Performance Hall

Grand Rapids, MI

Terrace Theater

Long Beach, CA

Landmark Theater

Richmond, WA

National Theatre

Washington, DC



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




About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com