Vector Arena ranked just behind NY’s Madison Square Garden
16 September 2013
Vector Arena’s ranking just behind New York’s Madison Square Garden proof kiwis love live entertainment
Vector Arena places 31st in the top 100 Arena Venues World Wide just behind Madison Square Garden in New York and ahead of all but on e of Australia’s big arena venues in the recently released Pollstar 2013 midyear report.
“We’re thrilled that Vector Arena is up there with the best Arena Venues worldwide. Its proof the Arena is delivering the sort of gigs that the New Zealand public want to go see”, Comments Brendon Hines, Vector Arena’s Managing Director.
“As the ranking is based on ticket volumes it’s also proof just how much kiwis love to see live entertainment. You only have to compare the volume of tickets sold at Madison Square Garden in New York, a total of 194,237, with those at Vector Arena, 191,464, to realise just how much the New Zealand public support and love to see the World’s top performing artists. New York City alone has twice the population of New Zealand!”.
Vector Arena expects to further climb to the top of the list of the world’s top 100 Arena Venues with twenty three shows, many of them sold out, for big acts including, Rihanna, One Direction, Beyoncé, Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Cirque du Soleil still to come before the end of 2013.
This recognition is further proof that New Zealand and Vector Arena is punching above its weight on the world stage by attracting great shows and providing sold out audiences. That’s no mean feat for a small country at the bottom of the pacific!
These rankings are important in attracting big acts to New Zealand and along with the positive experiences bands and their crews have at Vector Arena it ensures kiwis don’t miss out on seeing the world’s top performing artists.
Since opening in 2007 Vector Arena has become the venue of choice for the vast majority of big acts touring New Zealand and due to the venues state of the art set up it’s been able to host the full production of the best touring artists in the world, who more often than not used to skip New Zealand on their world tours.
“This venue is better than most in Australia, I think. It’s a beautiful, modern facility. We’ve had a good experience here, absolutely. We like it a lot! Comments Chris Kansy, production manager, Roger Waters’ The Wall Live.
As well as accommodating the big acts that attract full capacity audiences to the 12,000 seat Arena an innovative flexible capacity plan, which cleverly utilises curtains and stage placement, was introduced mid 2012. This has enabled the Arena to provide state of the art facilities as well as provide a sold out Arena concert experience for acts with smaller audiences, who might otherwise skip New Zealand on their world tour. It’s this sort of flexibility that ensured kiwis got to see the Stone Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Kenny Rodgers, New Order and the Manic Street Preachers to name a few.
Pollstar is the concert tour industry’s leading trade publication that gets its information from the agents, managers and promoters who are producing concerts.