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Arena at Gwinnett ranked one of the top venues worldwide

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Dave Matthews Band fans rock out in the front row among thousands at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in 2012.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Dave Matthews Band fans rock out in the front row among thousands at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in 2012.

AT A GLANCE

Venues Today Top Stops for venues with 10,001-15,000 capacity

  1. Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre
  2. O2 World, Hamburg, Germany
  3. Sydney Entertainment Centre
  4. Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
  6. 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore
  7. Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario
  8. Atlantic City, (N.J.) Boardwalk Hall
  9. Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
  10. Gwinnett Center, Duluth

DULUTH -- Never been to the Arena at Gwinnett Center? It's about time. The venue was recently hailed as one of the top arenas worldwide.

According to Venues Today and Pollstar Magazine, two entertainment industry publications, the arena made the lists based on box office sales and attendance figures during the 2012 calendar year for live entertainment.

"We had a fantastic year of events from NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships to Dave Matthews Band," said Joseph Dennis, general manager at Gwinnett Center. "We are privileged to be in such a great community that supports the events that come to the arena."

Other performances included Blake Shelton, TOOL, George Strait and Martina McBride, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Antebellum, One Direction, American Idol LIVE!, Carrie Underwood, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Disney on Ice.

Venues Today looked at the numbers from Oct. 16, 2011, to Oct. 15, 2012, to rank the arena fifth domestically and 10th worldwide with year-end gross ticket sales of $10,073,326.

Pollstar counted the tally from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2012, and rated the venue 32nd domestically and 66th worldwide, based on an arena attendance of 207,076 tickets sold.

"The Arena will celebrate 10 years of entertainment in February, and we couldn't be more excited for what's to come this year," said Dan Markham, director of arena booking at Gwinnett Center. "We look forward to a strong lineup in 2013, so stay tuned for more announcements."

For information about upcoming shows, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Comments

JHogan 1 year, 10 months ago

This is great! Who'd ever a- thunk that a backwoods Georgia county could produce an output like this!? Certainly not I, who was raised in the tradition that everything the "state" did was wrong and bad.

Clearly, it is not.

Looking at the schedule for all 4 of these venues, it is apparent that the secret of success in this business is the ability to have them occupied as many days a year as possible.

Compare the success of the Gwinnett Arena area to the more-or-less failed effort with Coolray Field. The one thing that's different is public attendance.

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