Bridgestone Arena ranks sixth in 2013 ticket sales

Bridgestone Arena ranked sixth in U.S. ticket sales in 2013 among the nation’s entertainment venues, according to trade publication Pollstar.

This is the third time in the last four years (the facility was not in the top 10 for 2012) that Bridgestone Arena has received the distinction of being one of the nation’s busiest venues. Of note, the arena — the anchor tenant for which is the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators — has been a finalist for Pollstar’s Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award in each of the past seven years.

“Thanks to the outstanding support of Bridgestone Arena patrons, staff, performers, promoters and the city of Nashville, the arena has become one of the premier stops on U.S. tours,” David Kells, Bridgestone Arena vice president of booking, said in a release. “We take pride in keeping this building at the forefront of the industry, and look forward to 2014 as we continue to build Bridgestone Arena’s reputation of truly being one of the best in the business.”

Bridgestone Arena sold 448,148 tickets during 2013.

The top 10 arenas for ticket sales in the United States in 2013 were as follows:

1. Barclays Center (Brooklyn)

2. Staples Center (Los Angeles)

3. Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia)

4. Philips Arena (Atlanta)

5. Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)

6. Bridgestone Arena (Nashville)

7. Madison Square Garden (New York)

8. Sprint Center (Kansas City)

9. The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)

10. American Airlines Arena (Miami)

On Jan. 9, Bridgestone Arena opened the Nissan SoBro entrance located near the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun Street. Additional updates and renovations to the facility include the installation of a new HVAC system, new carpet in several levels and exterior LED boards.

In addition to Bridgestone Arena being a nominee for 2013 “Arena of the Year,” Kells has been nominated for Pollstar’s “Facility Executive of the Year” award for the second straight year.

Pollstar officials will recognize the winners in February when they visit Nashville for their annual conference and show.