1:53 pm February 14, 2012, by Melissa Ruggieri
Philips Arena is the third busiest arena in the nation, according to concert trade magazine Pollstar.
The 21,000 (concert) capacity venue moves up a notch from 2010 and trails the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York. The Verizon Center in D.C. and American Airlines Arena in Dallas round out the top five.
Philips also ranks 12th worldwide and was nominated by industry peers for Pollstar’s Major Arena of the Year.
Rankings are based on shows held from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2011, which for Philips included a dozen sold out shows — Taylor Swift and Jay-Z/Kanye West among them.
This year, Philips is already set to host major tours from Radiohead (March 1); Bruce Springsteen (March 18); Van Halen (April 19); Coldplay (July 2) and Madonna (Nov. 17).
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