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St. Pete Times Forum Ranks Second Busiest Venue in U.S.

For 11 years the St. Pete Times Forum has consistently ranked in the top 10 arenas (15,000 seats and above) for tickets sold to concert and events. The arena has ranked second in the world for the same tickets sold to concerts and events six times and has ranked number one in North America four times in the past 5 years. Pollstar – the international newsweekly of the music industry, and one of the concert industry’s leading publications, released a report today on ticket sales for the first half of 2008, which ranks the St. Pete Times Forum as the second most successful venue in the United States for number of tickets sold to concerts and events.

“This is a tribute to our team,” said Ron Campbell, President of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, “Our team works feverishly to acquire concerts and solid community events that serve our area. We take great pride in consistently reaching out to organizations in our area that use our venue. We are very pleased to receive this ranking, and we'd also like to congratulate the other Florida venues, including the BankAtlantic Center for its number 8 US ranking, as well as American Airlines Arena, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and Amway Arena, for their placement in the top 50. Florida continually proves to be a strong live entertainment market, and Tampa particularly shows its market strength - with our venue selling almost as many tickets for concerts and events as the two South Florida arenas combined.”

“We are proud of the strong fan base that exists for the sporting and concert events we present at our venue,” states Sean Henry, Chief Operating Officer. “Our aggressive booking and marketing strategies that allow us to work with all promoters and partners, including AEG Live, Live Nation, Feld Entertainment, WWE, Gary Shaw Productions, Beaver Productions, XFC and so many others, are what makes our business so successful. We are proud of these relationships, and would like to sincerely thank all of our partners for helping us to achieve this status. Our team is the hardest-working team in the industry and our rankings are proof of their efforts,” he continued.

According to Pollstar, the St. Pete Times Forum ranked as the number two arena in the United States, and eleventh in the world, with a total of 236,038 tickets sold to concerts, events and family shows for the period of 1/1/08 – 6/30/08. The study ranked the top 100 venues in the world by actual ticket sales for concert events and family shows.


The following chart summarizes the Pollstar report:


Top Ten Arena Venues –




Madison Square Garden Arena

New York, NY


St. Pete Times Forum

Tampa, Florida


Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA


Toyota Center

Houston, TX


HP Pavilion At San Jose

San Jose, CA


Honda Center

Anaheim, CA


The Palace of Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills, MI


BankAtlantic Center

Sunrise, FL


Amway Arena

Orlando, FL


Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT

The Venues Today report ranks the St. Pete Times Forum as the sixth most successful venue in the world with gross ticket sales of $25,437,677 to concerts and events for the period of October 16, 2007 to May 15, 2008.

The ranking announcements have arrived just days after OK Hockey LLC, led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie, closed on its purchase of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum and approximately 5.5 acres of adjacent land from Palace Sports & Entertainment.

During the first half of 2008 the St. Pete Times Forum has hosted a variety of world-class acts including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, George Strait, Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Disney On Ice present Princess Wishes.

The St. Pete Times Forum has much more in store for the remainder of 2008 with a line-up of events including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, George Michael, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block, and Sarah Brightman. Many more exciting events are soon to be announced.



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