Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:00 A.M.

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POLLSTAR Releases Top Venues Based On Ticket Sales


Peoria, IL.- POLLSTAR Magazine has released the top 200 arena venues worldwide, with the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center landing the 174th spot internationally, and 97th in the nation. Also, the Peoria Civic Center Theater was honored with the 70th rank worldwide and 52nd rank nationally on the top theater venues list. 


The figures for tickets sold worldwide represent shows played between October 16, 2012 and October 15, 2013. The Peoria Civic Center arena had 12 outstanding shows in that time, which contributed towards landing the venue comfortably on this prestigious list. Shows including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Winter Jam, and Jeff Dunham all sold out within that time frame.   


“It is great for our arena to be showcased on an international list,” said Jim Wetherington, the Peoria Civic Center’s General Manager.  Our theater and arena have appeared on international ’top stop’ lists more frequently in the past few years, which would not be possible without the great promoters we work with, the hard work of our staff, and the great Peoria community that supports us.”    


The Peoria Civic Center is featured on the list along with other SMG managed buildings. Other arenas include The O2 in London, BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United Center in Chicago, Illinois, Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


“This has been yet another exciting year for the Civic Center. We look forward to moving up the list in the years to come,” Wetherington said.


Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. They have been supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager, facility executive and every other entity involved in the live entertainment business for 30 years. For more information on Pollstar visit


The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit