St. Pete Times Forum Ranks Fourth in the United States by Pollstar
Award Based on 2010 Worldwide Mid-Year Ticket Sales
Tampa Bay – The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida has been ranked fourth in the United States and twelfth in the world on the Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues list by Pollstar in its 2010 Mid-Year Special Edition. The award was based on tickets sold worldwide as reported to Pollstar for shows played in the first half of 2010 (1/1/10 - 6/30/10).
Pollstar is a publication that gets its information primarily from the agents, managers and promoters who are producing concerts.In its mid-year recap, Pollstar reported that the St. Pete Times Forum sold over 231,000 tickets from January through June of 2010.
Pollstar also compiled a list of the Top 100 North American Tours. Of the top 10 concert tours on the list, six were hosted by the St. Pete Times Forum, including Bon Jovi, Carole King & James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer and Michael Bublé. The St. Pete Times Forum was also noted for its sold-out April 17, 2010 Bon Jovi concert, which was named as one of the Top 100 Concert Grosses worldwide. Acts scheduled for the remainder of 2010 include American Idol Live!, Tom Petty, Carrie Underwood, Roger Waters, Justin Bieber and Andre Rieu with many more great shows still to be announced.
‘We always take great pride in our rankings amongst the nation’s busiest venues,” said Elmer Straub, the Times Forum’s Vice President of Event Booking. “Our employees work hard to maintain that status and it’s important to be able to provide great entertainment options for consumers in Tampa Bay and from all around the state of Florida. Additionally, we need to thank the performers, along with their promoters and agents for making Tampa Bay and the St. Pete Times Forum a priority on their national tours.”
In addition to its national and international recognition, the St. Pete Times Forum leads the state of Florida as the highest ranked venue in ticket sales. Earlier this year, the arena was named as the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. The 21,500-seat arena will serve as the venue for the 2011 NCAA Men’s First and Second Rounds, 2012 Frozen Four and 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The arena will also host a preseason National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Miami HEAT and Orlando Magic. The in-state matchup will feature league superstars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. The game is scheduled for October 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Although not included in the aforementioned compiling, the St. Pete Times Forum is home to the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team and five-time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm arena football team. The playoff-bound Tampa Bay Storm will conclude their regular season against the Orlando Predators on July 31, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.