AEG Facilities fills 27 spots in top 100 venues, The O2 comes top

AEG Facilities has dominated Pollstar magazine’s 2016 Year-End Rankings of the world’s top arenas. Based on ticket sales, the top arena in the world was once again AEG Facilities’ The O2 in London, while AEG Facilities-affiliated venues accounted for four out of the top 10 arenas worldwide. Overall, the company accounted for 47% of all tickets sold in the top 20 arenas throughout 2016.

In total, AEG Facilities’ venues sold more than 12m tickets in 2016. Twenty-seven arenas owned, operated or affiliated with AEG Facilities were named in the list of the top 100 arenas worldwide for the 2016 year-end rankings as compiled by the well-respected concert and venues industry publication, Pollstar magazine.

For the 10th consecutive year since opening its doors in 2007, London’s The O2 topped the list with more than 1.5 million tickets sold in 2016. Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York ranked No. 2 in the United States and No. 7 worldwide, while Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena ranked No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 15 worldwide. Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center ranked No. 7 in the U.S., tying AEG Facilities to five of the top 10 domestic venues.

“We are proud of AEG Facilities’ rankings in Pollstar’s 2016 Year-End report, and again are excited to see our global network of elite venues leading the way in attracting and hosting the world’s greatest events,” said Bob Newman, president, AEG Facilities. “With 27 of our venues ranking in the top 100, it continues to showcase the strength of our global network and growth of our worldwide division.”

While The O2 ranks No. 1 in the world and in its respective country, AEG Facilities’ arena also rank as the top arenas in France (AccorHotels Arena), China (Mercedes-Benz Arena) and Sweden (Ericsson Globe), in addition to No. 2 and No. 3 in Germany (Barclaycard Arena & Mercedes-Benz Arena) in Pollstar’s year-end rankings.

The complete list of venues AEG Facilities owns, operates or is affiliated with that placed in the Top 100 for Pollstar’s 2016 Year-End Rankings include:

Venue and country Rank
The O2, London, United Kingdom 1
AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France 3
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York 7
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, United Kingdom 8
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China 11
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida 15
Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany 17
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California 18
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California 19
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey 21
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri 26
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany 27
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia 29
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK 32
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 46
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada 47
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55
KeyArena at Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington 56
Perth Arena, Perth, Australia 58
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky 59
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall, Australia 65
Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Canada 74
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California 76
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio 77
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas 79
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas 84
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden 92
Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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