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Philips Arena fourth busiest in the U.S.

07Philips_arena_view_460Atlanta’s Philips Arena has been ranked the fourth busiest arena in the U.S., according to industry trade magazine Pollstar.

The rankings, based on 2010 total year-end concert and event ticket sales, placed the 21,000 (concert) capacity arena behind Madison Square Garden, Staples Center in Los Angeles and Dallas’ American Airlines Arena. The venue also ranked No. 12 worldwide.

Philips, which also placed fourth on the list in 2009, scored ticket sales of more than 508,000 thanks in part to sold-out shows by Usher, Roger Waters, Justin Bieber and Zac Brown Band.

Its 2011 itinerary includes Rod Stewart/Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift and a just-announced spring Bon Jovi show.

26 comments Add your comment

atlanta man

January 27th, 2011
2:07 pm

good to know

Ekim

January 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

I’d like the world to know that I agree with Atlanta Man’s comment.

Fan

January 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

AC/DC did it for Philips…

match dot com

January 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

y’all should hook-up

Hey Dead Beat Sports Fans

January 27th, 2011
2:29 pm

I would like to see where we rank in terms of only sporting events. Probably towards the bottom because Atlanta is full of pathetic fans.

falconman

January 27th, 2011
2:29 pm

I agree dead beat. As a whole, Atlanta, doesnt support their teams very well.

Sam

January 27th, 2011
2:32 pm

Jon Bon Jovi Fan

January 27th, 2011
2:52 pm

When is Bon Jovi coming to Atlanta? When/where was that announced?

Texas Pete

January 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

Atlanta is not full of pathetic fans. There just isn’t a culture of great pro sports support here. Atlanta is an expansion city who is smack dab in the hotbed of college football country. Nevermind UGA and Tech, metro Atlanta is full of sports fans who follow just about every SEC and ACC school in addition to several other major programs around the country (I’ve known so many different Ohio State fans who live in metro Atlanta the past 10 years).

For all the attention that fans give pro sports in New York, Chicago, and Boston, people in Atlanta and other Southern cities give even more attention to their favorite college programs. I don’t really see Syracuse or Boston College burning down the house in college support.

The real fascinating thing about this report is that it doesn’t include the concerts at Gwinnett Arena. Metro Atlanta just has too many entertainment options for a poorly performing sports team to maintain high attendence numbers over time. If the Falcons make the playoffs as regularly as the Steelers, Patriots, or Colts then it’ll probably be a different story.

JuWan

January 27th, 2011
3:41 pm

where da white women?

Taylor

January 27th, 2011
3:48 pm

Widespread Panic longest running sold out concerts in Philips.. 17 shows and counting.. Read the sign the hangs from the rafters in Philips.. Great band and love going to the new years shows

JJ

January 27th, 2011
3:52 pm

I have the same question: When is Bon Jovi coming to Atlanta? When/where was that announced?

Melissa Ruggieri

January 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

BJ fans: The concert announcement came from the venue today with the news of their national ranking. They haven’t unveiled the date yet.

Bendaddy

January 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

Only 4th in the country?!?!?!? Why, we could get such better attendance if we put Arthur Blank in charge so that he could tear down Phillips and build a newer basketball/hockey arena with a retractible roof.

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JJ

January 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

Thanks Melissa for the info on Bon Jovi.

Melissa Ruggieri

January 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

Sure thing. I’m a big fan, so looking forward to it myself!

GK

January 27th, 2011
4:24 pm

With so many tickets sold, you would think they would maintain the facilities better. Maybe it’s better down low but up in the rafters where I usually sit, most of the sinks in the bathrooms don’t work, seats in the arena are broken – and they’ve been that way for months or years even.

litz

January 27th, 2011
4:27 pm

I wonder if all the concert goers walk into the building and go “geez, this place looks like it’s falling apart” like the basketball and hockey fans do …

kaiser souze

January 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

My top fav things about Philips Arena this past year. My first season as a season ticket holder by the way.
1.Roger Waters show
2.Da ladies @ the Hawks game
3.The Thrashers
4.Tie: Club section pizza/The Dream season
5. Cinnamon almonds

Brian

January 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

Too bad the Hawks and Thrashers don’t help the bottom line!

Bud

January 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

Atlantans don’t support their professional sports teams, because literally 85% of the people in metro Atlanta are originally from somewhere else and root for the teams where they came from; those 85% neither care nor support Atlanta’s teams. Such is not the case in most northern cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia or Boston, where 85% of the population is native to that town.

ASG

January 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

You can thank the Spirit Group for chasing sports fans away from Philips. They have not a clue as to what they’re doing and have no business owning one team save two. Maybe they can make some money in this lawsuit they just filed against………uh…….their lawfirm.

Loooooong time Atlanta Fan!!!!

January 27th, 2011
5:17 pm

Let’s put all this H.S. about “lousy sports-fans” to rest EH?

How many of you witnessed the absolute disgraceful performance of the Braves, and Falcons this last go’round……. Hmmmmmmmm?

THIS…. has been going on for THIRTY YEARS!!!!!!!!!
We don’t just lose!!! We lose w/ PIZAZZ!!!!!
Take your uniformed excrement, and stick it in your??????
Ear.

Loooooong time Atlanta Fan!!!!

January 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

I can’t resist.

BUD.
Exactly how the HELL long does someone have to live in, educate their children in, meet their wives in, put food on their table in… a town, before they are considered Atlanta Fans, and can no longer get a weak-assed pass as to why they don’t support the local teams?

I call BS on that one.

Loooooong time Atlanta Fan!!!!

January 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

And this……..

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Make a note of it.