Tuesday, August 5, 2014


(Wichita, Kan.) – The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has recognized INTRUST Bank Arena as a Top 3 finalist for the 2014 Venue Excellence Award. The awards were presented in Portland, Ore., July 28 at VenueConnect, IAVM's 89th annual conference and trade show.
In 2013, INTRUST Bank Arena was named the IAVM Venue Excellence Award Winner. Receiving a Top 3 finalist nod the very next year is an achievement unprecedented by other arenas. This prestigious award is given annually to only one arena in the world and recognizes the best arena based on four criteria used to demonstrate the ways in which the venue has excelled in the management and operation of a public assembly venue.

The criteria for the award includes: service to the community, teambuilding/professional development, safety and security, and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission, and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalists for each venue type, and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors.

“Congratulations to INTRUST Bank Arena and the SMG Wichita team for this unprecedented recognition, again being recognized as one of the best arenas in the world by IAVM,” commented SMG Senior Vice President, Entertainment, Jim McCue. “With a diverse event lineup, ranging from George Strait to James Taylor to Cher, they are having another amazing year in 2014.” 
Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Dave Unruh added, “Congratulations to SMG and everyone at INTRUST Bank Arena who worked for this honor. We at Sedgwick County are proud to be your partners, working together to bring elite entertainment opportunities to our community. Keep up the good work!”

“This recognition is a testament to the passion, energy and dedication that our staff puts into making INTRUST Bank Arena a top notch facility each and every day,” said SMG General Manager, A.J. Boleski. “This award is unique and prestigious in that it recognizes venues not based on ticket sales, rather solely on our ability to demonstrate excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues. We are honored to be recognized as a finalist in the arena category.” 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BMO Harris Bank Center Receives 2014 Illinois Excellence Award

Rockford, IL (July 30, 2014) - The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) board announced today that the BMO Harris Bank Center has been selected for the 2014 Illinois Excellence Award by the United States Trade and Commerce Research Institute (USTCRI) in the Excellence in Sports and Recreation category.

“The RAVE Board is excited that the BMO Harris Bank Center has been recognized by the United States Trade and Commerce Research Institute,” said Craig Thomas, RAVE Chairman. “The BMO Harris Bank Center is an extremely valuable asset and we will continue to pursue and schedule great events and acts at the venue for our community.”

Each year the USTCRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. BMO Harris Bank Center has been recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to its customers and community.

The BMO Harris Bank Center is managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, and has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCRI marks a significant achievement for the BMO Harris Bank Center as an emerging leader and for setting benchmarks that others within the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to select recognized companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong immersion in the business climate of Illinois.

For information on events taking place at the BMO Harris Bank Center, please visit thebmoharrisbankcenter.com

The USTCRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pensacola Bay Center Tops the Chart for Ticket Sales

Pensacola Bay Center, managed by SMG, tops the charts once again! PBC has consistently ranked in the top ten for ticket sales for buildings with capacities between 5,001 – 10,000. Last year, the venue ranked #2 in Florida and #5 in 2011-2012 (Venues Today, international trade magazine), but has climbed to #1 for concert and event grosses from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

“This building has been here for almost 30 years, come January and we are still going strong. This is another great achievement under our belt and a true testament proving that our name is out there not only locally, but nationally as well. This past year has been one of the busiest for us and we hope to continue to see a rise in frequency and level of the concert and events in the near future. As we have said before, we are constantly competing with many facilities, new and old and now not only have we changed the conversation, we are a part of it." stated Cyndee Pennington, General Manager.

Below is a list in order of rankings:

1. Pensacola Bay Center

2. CFE Arena, Orlando

3. Germain Arena, Estero

4. BankUnited Center, Coral Gables

5. Lakes RegionalPark, Fort Myers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Venues Today Announces that the SMG managed Santander Performing Arts Center is Ranked 11th in Top Stops

READING, PA—July 21, 2014— Venues Today the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meetings venues internationally has released its 2014 Mid Year Top Stops. The SMG managed Santander Performing Arts Center has ranked 11th on the list of Top Stops of venues with seating capacities of 2,000 or fewer. The rankings, announced in the July edition of the trade publication, are based on concert and event gross ticket sales from October 16, 2013 through May 15, 2014 as reported to Venues Today. 

Monday, July 21, 2014


(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena ranked as the 12th busiest arena according to the Venues Today 2014 Mid-Year Top Stops for venues with seating capacities 10,001-15,000. The rankings, announced in the July edition of the trade publication, are based on concert and event gross ticket sales from October 16, 2013 through May 15, 2014 as reported to Venues Today. 
“It has been an exciting year for INTRUST Bank Arena as we hosted the sold out George Strait ‘The Cowboy Rides Away Tour’ on April 4th,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “George Strait’s final performance sold a record number of tickets in our venue for a single day, concert event. Additionally, during this timeframe, we hosted Lady Antebellum on Valentine’s Day along with 10 days of rehearsals for the Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder prior to their first show of the tour at our venue on May 14th.” 

Venues Today is the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meetings venues internationally. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


(Tulsa, Okla.) July 14, 2014 - The SMG-managed BOK Center finished the first half of 2014 ranked 16th in the United States and 47th in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s 2014 Mid Year Top 100 Arena Venues. During the first six months of 2014, the BOK Center reported ticket sales of 142,235 tickets.

“SMG strives to bring the industry’s best concerts and live entertainment to Tulsa. This year is already off to a great start, and the lineup for the rest of the year is very strong and includes several sold out shows,” said SMG General Manager Jeff Nickler. “The credit goes to our team and also to our community who continues to show amazing support for the BOK Center.”

Through June 30, the BOK Center hosted 13 of the Top 100 Tours including: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Winter Jam, George Strait, Cher, The Harlem Globetrotters, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, Sesame Street Live and Third Day.

Upcoming events include Dodgebrawl (July 19), WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour (July 25), Michael Bublé (August 1), Professional Bull Riders (August 15-16), UFC (August 23), OneRepublic (August 28), KISS and Def Leppard (August 29) and Brantley Gilbert (September 20), Demi Lovato (September 21), One Direction (September 23), Katy Perry (October 6) and Pearl Jam (October 8). For a complete list of BOK Center events, visit www.bokcenter.com.

The O2 (London) topped the overall rankings while the Barclays Center (Brooklyn) earned the top United States spot.

The rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Pollstar totals do not include tenant sport team ticket sales. Pollstar is a weekly trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. 


(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena finished as the 27th busiest arena in the United States and 69th in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s 2014 Mid Year Top 100 Arena Rankings. Rankings are based on tickets sold worldwide for shows played between 1/1/14 and 6/30/14.
“It’s been an exciting year this far for INTRUST Bank Arena,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “We’ve hosted two huge farewell tours with George Strait and Motley Crue, and just recently announced a third with Cher’s D2K Tour set for November 3. We’re gearing up for a busy fall and look forward to continuing to bring top notch entertainment to downtown Wichita.”
INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted 11 of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours so far in 2014, including George Strait, Winter Jam, WWE, The Harlem Globetrotters, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham, The Roadshow, Brantley Gilbert, Disney Live, Sesame Street Live and James Taylor.