Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    Perth Arena ranked among world's best venues

    17/01/2014 12:00 AM
    • Perth Arena ranked No. 22 in list of world’s top music venues
    • Position puts arena ahead of New York’s Madison Square Garden

    Perth Arena has been ranked No. 22 in the world’s top 200 venues by respected live music industry magazine Pollstar.


    Perth Arena’s music and entertainment ticket sales were 479,524 for 2013, the venue’s first full reporting year.


    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the impressive results placed Perth Arena ahead of New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden (23) and London’s Wembley Arena (30).


    “For Perth Arena to be ranked 22nd in the world really shows that this venue has placed Perth on the international touring map, and is now a must-play destination,” Mr Waldron said.


    “The impressively high number of ticket sales shows how West Australians have embraced Perth Arena and supported the world-class entertainment secured by venue managers, AEG Ogden.


    “Seven of the world’s top 10 tours of 2013 played Perth Arena, the eighth being Bruce Springsteen who is coming next month and is playing more shows in Perth in 2014 than in any other Australian city.


    “This year we are adding to the incredible calibre of performers to visit Perth, including the Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Dolly Parton, with many more great acts yet to be announced.”


    In addition to the latest Pollstar ranking, venue industry publication VenuesToday placed Perth Arena in eighth position in the world for venues with a capacity of 15,000-30,000.


    AEG Ogden general manager, Michael Scott said they were grateful to the promoters, artists, agents and managers who included Perth Arena on their tours, but most of all to the fans.


           Fact File

    • Perth Arena, a VenuesWest venue managed by AEG Ogden, also ranked ahead of Auckland’s Vector Arena (35), Sydney Entertainment Centre (55) and Adelaide Entertainment Centre (115)
    • The ranking does not include ticket sales for sporting events, including the Perth Wildcats and Hyundai Hopman Cup

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