Friday, July 20, 2012

INTRUST Bank Arena Ranks 31st in the United States in Top Arena Venues

The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena finished 31st in the United States and 62nd in the world in 2012 Mid Year Ticket Sales by Pollstar, a weekly trade magazine for the concert industry. The rankings reflect tickets sold worldwide for shows played between 1/1/12 and 6/30/12.

“We're thrilled to consistently rank among the top venues worldwide,” said General Manager AJ Boleski. “The community continues to support our events, and we look forward to announcing the remainder of our line-up for the second half of 2012.”

In the first half of 2012, INTRUST Bank Arena hosted ten of Pollstar's top 100 tours: Brad Paisley, WWE, George Strait, Winter Jam, Jeff Dunham, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Barry Manilow and Nickelback.

Upcoming events include Hillsong Live (September 23), WWE RAW (September 30), Oklahoma City Thunder NBA preseason game (October 24), Carrie Underwood (October 27) and Eric Church (December 8).

Additional event and ticket information is available at

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Seven SMG Theaters Top Charts

Seven SMG-managed Venues listed in the Top 100 Theater Venues Worldwide Ticket Sales according to the Pollstar Midyear Report.

They are:
#19 Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA
#20 Moran Theater, Jacksonville, FL
#45 Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
#58 Plaza Theatre, El Paso, TX
#69 Peoria Civic Center Theater, Peoria, IL
#73 DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
#92 Terrace Theater, Long Beach, CA

Dan Spellens, SMG's Director of Theaters & Entertainment, commented on his approach to operating a top-notch theater in Long Beach, CA: 
In a marketplace inundated with owned-and-operated venues by Live Nation, AEG Live / Goldenvoice, and Nederlander concerts, we (in no particular order) ...
  1. Make certain that we are in regular contact with our content providers / partners;
  2. Constantly seek to develop new content providers / partners;
  3. Ensure that we are up-to-date with all of the artists' representatives relative to their artists' availability;
  4. Foster strong and lasting relationships with our content providers / partners, artist representatives, and artists;
  5. Make our venues as comfortable financially as is feasible for our content providers / partners;
  6. Participate in all booking-related conference calls and all other opportunities presented by SMG Corporate to move the business forward; and
  7. Present a clean, polished, well-run, and user (all users) friendly facility for all (the City of Long Beach, our content providers / partners, our performing artists, and our patrons) under any and all circumstances.