The SMG-managed Save Mart Center at Fresno State was the top-ranked collegiate arena in the world in 2011, as reported by Pollstar Magazine. Pollstar, the leading trade publication for the concert industry, ranks the Top 200 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales reported for entertainment events. A total of 20 college and university arenas were included in the list.
Inclusive of all arenas, Save Mart Center ranked #48 in the United States and #87 in the world.
“To be included in the Pollstar rankings is a testament to Valley
residents who support Save Mart Center through ticket sales, especially
in these tough economic times. We thank them, as this demonstrated
support, combined with our regional and national relationships within
the SMG network and touring entertainment industry, helps us continue to
attract quality entertainment events and remain the premier
entertainment venue in Central California,” said Steve Tadlock, Regional
General Manager for SMG at the arena. “As we are also the proud home of
the Fresno State Bulldogs basketball and volleyball programs, we are
extremely pleased in how we compare to other collegiate arenas.”
As the recognized global industry leader in private management of public
assembly facilities, SMG managed 36 venues listed in Pollstar's 2011
Top 200 Worldwide Arenas.