Oct 14, 2009

Sprint Center Earns No. 9 Ranking Among World’s Top Arenas

Top 3 in United States

In Pollstar Magazine’s 3rd Quarter Report, Sprint Center was recognized as #9 among all worldwide arenas. The current issue of the leading industry publication hits newsstands this week and also indicated that Sprint Center’s 2009 attendance to date firmly lists Kansas City’s vibrant downtown arena as No. 3 among concert venues in the United States.

“Kansas City’s appetite for entertainment is undeniable as evidenced by being ranked #9 among the world’s leading arenas,” said Brenda Tinnen, Sprint Center/AEG Kansas City general manager and senior vice president. “As we celebrate our second anniversary, Sprint Center strives to continue that momentum so that Kansas City will be positively positioned to attract future events.”

Sprint Center’s success in FY08-09 garnered its 2nd annual Arena of the Year Nomination and resulted in unanticipated revenue of more than $1.8 million for the City of Kansas City through a provision in AEG’s management agreement.

In 2009, Sprint Center has hosted dozens of sell-out concerts including Celine Dion, AC/DC, The Eagles, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Fleetwood Mac and Britney Spears. In addition, Sprint Center also hosted sold-out, nationally televised events including first- and second- rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, PBR: Professional Bull Riders and WWE Raw and SMACKdown.

Pollstar maintains an extensive database and collects box office reports from nearly 100 percent of the world’s top-level artists, promoters and venues. Rankings are based on tickets sold for live entertainment performances between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009.