Bridgestone Arena recorded the eighth-highest ticket sales among arenas worldwide during the first half of 2015, according to Pollstar.
Ticket sales at Bridgestone were 312,563 through the end of June, which puts the arena second in the nation behind the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The arena with the highest ticket sales was The 02 in London with 973,902 sales. A list of the top 100 arenas can be found here.
Pollstar also found that the average ticket price hit an all-time high of $76.20.
Three permits have been issued related to the installation of new seats at the Bridgestone Arena, according to Metro Codes Department documents.
North Berwick, Maine-based Hussey Seating Co. will handle the work, with the permits valued at a collective $1.33 million.
The Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County owns the arena, with Powers Management (a subsidiary of the Nashville Predators parent company) serving as manager of the facility.
Concert industry magazine Pollstar named Bridgestone Arena the Arena of the Year at its annual awards, held Sunday at the Ryman Auditorium.
The arena was the Susan Lucci of the award; this was its 11th nomination and eighth in a row, but its first win.
Release from the Predators after the jump.
Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, was named 2014 Arena of the Year by Pollstar Magazine on Saturday night during the Pollstar Live! Concert Industry Awards Ceremony at Ryman Auditorium. This is the first time that Bridgestone Arena has taken home top venue honors after being nominated 11 times, including receiving nominations in each of the past eight years.
“It is the mission of every employee at Bridgestone Arena to ensure that a world-class experience is delivered to every guest, partner, performer and player that walks through our doors,” Bridgestone Arena and Nashville Predators COO Sean Henry said. “Receiving acknowledgement as Arena of the Year is both exciting and humbling and is a testament to our commitment to be at the forefront of this industry and our mission to be the ‘number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States.’ We thank our partners in the Mayor’s office, Metro Council and the Sports Authority and the performers, promoters, agents and managers who bring quality entertainment to Nashville for sharing our vision and helping us fulfill this mission.”
Pollstar Magazine focuses primarily on the concert industry and also reports on news regarding sports and entertainment. The nominating committee is comprised of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business, including arena managers, artists, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. The winner of this prestigious award is determined by the international readership of Pollstar.
2014 Bridgestone Arena Highlights:
· Twenty-one sold out Nashville Predators games, including 17,401 in attendance on Dec. 30 vs. St. Louis, the largest crowd in the history of Nashville Predators hockey
· Host to the 2014 47th Annual CMA Awards
· Host to the 2014 CMT Music Awards
· Bridgestone Arena played host to the following stars, acts and more over the course of 2014:
o Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus (seven shows)
o Keith Urban
o Kings of Leon
o Brad Paisley
o Imagine Dragons
o Demi Lovato
o Bruce Springsteen
o WWE Smackdown
o WWE Night of Champions
o Monster Jam
o George Strait
o Arcade Fire
o Keith Urban’s We’re All for the Hall
o Sesame Street Live
o Miley Cyrus
o Katy Perry
o Professional Bull Riders
o Billy Joel
o KISS and Def Leppard
o A Day to Remember
o Ed Sheeran
o Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers
o Disney on Ice: Frozen (10 shows)
o Casting Crowns
o Motley Crue
o The Black Keys
o Marvel Universe Live
o Justin Timberlake
o Paul McCartney
o James Taylor
o Kelly Clarkson’s Miracle on Broadway
o Bassnectar 360
o CMA Country Christmas
Over the course of 2014, Bridgestone Arena underwent a wave of renovations, beginning early in the year on Jan. 9 when it opened the Nissan SoBro entrance at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun, uniting the arena with the Music City Center and the new businesses in Nashville’s booming SoBro (south of Broadway) district. Additional renovations include the installation of the new HVAC system, new carpet in several levels, exterior LED boards, free WiFi arena-wide and the opening of Tavern ’96, Bridgestone Arena’s first full-time restaurant.
At the start of the Nashville Predators season on Oct. 9, Bridgestone Arena debuted several additional renovations that took place during the summer months. The arena opened a new 8,000 square foot Nashville Predators Team Store on the Fifth Avenue side of the building, offering an unprecedented selection of merchandise. The American Born Moonshine Bar, Club Tropicana Bar and Grille, Mocking Bird Distillery’s Tito’s Handmade Vodka and The Barrel House joined an already expansive list of food and drink options open to patrons during events. On top of the new options, The Patron Platinum Club underwent renovations that included new furniture, lighting and an enhanced menu. Bridgestone Arena also opened a new Performer’s Level club, the Lexus Lounge, which offers luxurious amenities such as personal concierge service, plush seating, special-themed buffets and a full bar to members at both hockey games and arena events.
Stretching into 2015, Bridgestone Arena continues to undergo renovations in an effort to improve patrons’ experiences during their visits. This summer, all of the seats in the Arena’s lower bowl will be replaced, followed by the replacing of the seats in the club level and upper bowl in the summer of 2016.
The NHL’s Nashville Predators have been the primary tenant of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 – just two years after the venue opened its doors for its first concert. On Oct. 17, 2014, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman visited Bridgestone Arena to announce that the arena, the Predators and the city of Nashville had been named hosts of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and festivities that will take place on Jan. 30 and 31, 2016. The awarding of the NHL All-Star Game comes on the heels of the announcement in October 2013 with the Southeastern Conference that Bridgestone Arena would be the home of 12 consecutive SEC Basketball Championships, including the 2015 SEC Tournament in March.
Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the United States over the past decade and a half. Bridgestone Arena was named the sixth-busiest building in the U.S. by Pollstar Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and was named the Academy of Country Music’s Large Capacity Venue of the Year in March of 2014. Bridgestone Arena’s Senior Vice President of Booking David Kells has also recently received recognition; he received his third consecutive Pollstar Facility Executive of the Year nomination in November, weeks after being named IEBA’s Venue Executive of the Year.
The NCAA announced preliminary round sites for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 men's basketball tournaments today. Bridgestone Arena will host the first two rounds in 2018 — the round of 64 and 32 are back to being to referred to as the First and Second Rounds. It has previously hosted the early rounds in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2012.
Bridgestone is fresh off hosting the Women's Final Four in 2014. The sites for the 2017-2020 Women's Final Four will be announced at halftime of the Baylor-Kentucky game which tips off at 6 p.m. tonight. Nashville has submitted a bid for those events as well.
Work is ready to begin on an interior rehabbing of the event-level hospitality space at Bridgestone Arena, according to Metro Codes Department documents. The effort will include removing existing storage space and result in the creation of a lounge area. Nashville-based Knestrick Contractor, Inc., has the permit, valued at $2.27 million.
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.
By Steven Godfrey
After a summer of speculation, the Southeastern Conference officially announced Tuesday that Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena would become the de facto home for its annual men's and women's basketball tournaments over the next 12 years.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced that Bridgestone would host the league’s men's basketball tournament nine times from 2015 to 2025, with breaks in 2018 and ‘22, and the women's tournament three times in 2018, ‘22 and ‘26.
Joined by Nashville Sports Council President and CEO Scott Ramsey, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President and COO Sean Henry and Nashville Sports Council Board of Directors Chair Deb McDermott, Slive praised the city of Nashville for its past efforts in hosting the mens’ tournament four times, most recently this year, and labeled the city as “proven host that provides a wonderful experience.”
“The idea of going long-term is something we’d been discussing for a few years. The last three or four months, we’ve felt like we’ve had it done… Their decision was whether or not to move the event around the footprint of the SEC and once they sat down in May, we’d just hosted the event successfully. It was a matter of securing this event long-term, as many times as possible, to create a little equity in the brand,” Ramsey said.
Slive said that the move towards a primary location would create the same annual tradition for the SEC fan base that its football and baseball championships provide in Atlanta and Hoover, Ala., respectively, as well as allow the league to improve the in-game experience. According to Slive, feedback indicated that a traditional basketball-scaled arena was preferable to an indoor stadium sized for football.
“Fans love to travel, but if you know where you’re going to stay and how to get there, you know where you’re going to eat and you like the music there, it certainly takes away some unnecessary anxiety about it,” he said.
In addition to a track record of successfully hosting the mens tournament, Ramsey cited the addition of the Music City Center convention space and more hotels to the downtown Nashville area as key factors in securing the agreement.
According to numbers released by the Nashville Sports Council, the total economic impact of the four previous men's tournaments dating back to 2001 is estimated at $56 million, and $35 million for the previous five women's tournaments.
The event marked a public display of affection between two unlikely sports entities — the Southeastern Conference and the NHL. Slive repeatedly praised the Nashville Predators throughout the press event, and Ramsey said that the length of the agreement couldn’t have been created without involvement from Henry and the Predators.
As the primary tenant of Bridgestone Arena, the Predators receive a financial cut of every event in the building. However, the Predators will now lose a week’s worth of potential home games each March in the heart of the NHL’s postseason push.
“It’s the right thing to do for everyone here today, but it’s also the right thing to do for this hockey team. It’s bad in the sense we’re out of the building for eight days during the playoff push. The more home games you have, the better it is for your team,” Henry said.
“But at the same time, it’s about building your fan base, and doing that by bringing the building and the team together as one. The stronger the building is, the stronger the team is. The more people who see this building in this community as a place to be, it will benefit our hockey team.”
Nashville is also conveniently located in relation to the University of Kentucky, the SEC’s Tiffany basketball program and one of the most popular and successful brands in the sport. Slive downplayed the relative ease with which Kentucky’s enormous fan base could travel to the city.
“Guess what, they only get one vote at the table. They’re just one school of 14,” Slive said with a laugh.
Bridgestone Arena during the third quarter ranked fifth in the United States and 17th in the world for concert ticket sales, according to international trade publication Pollstar and its Third-Quarter Ticket Sales Report.
For the year, the SoBro-based facility has seen gross ticket sales of $35,578,517 and 343,273 tickets sold (with an average ticket price of $103.64).
This is Bridgestone Arena’s third consecutive U.S. Top 10 ranking, up two spots from Pollstar’s mid-year rankings.
Buildings in the U.S. top 10 include the following: 1) Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; 2) Staples Center in Los Angeles; 3) Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; 4) American Airlines Center in Dallas; 5) Bridgestone Arena; 6) Philips Arena in Atlanta; 7) Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.; 8) SAP Center at San Jose; 9) Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.; and 10) Toyota Center in Houston.
"Bridgestone Arena continues to rise up the ranks and has become a regular tour stop for the nation’s top shows,” David Kells, Bridgestone Arena vice president of booking, said in a release. “Fans fill the seats at Bridgestone Arena night after night because of the full-spectrum of high-quality entertainment."
2013 Bridgestone Arena Highlights
Host to the CMT Music Awards and 47th Annual CMA Awards
Record-setting March for Bridgestone Arena, with 329,002 guests walking through the doors.
Six sold out Nashville Predators home games, five consecutive days of SEC Men’s Basketball (13 total games) and four sold out concerts created the most attended March in the history of Bridgestone Arena, and the second most attended month in building history.
Bridgestone Arena is currently in the midst of a streak of 14 events — seven hockey and seven shows — in 20 nights from October 8-26.
Notwithstanding NHL games, 41 events have been schedule at Bridgestone Arena this year
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