Peoria Civic Center Theater Ranks 12th Internationally on VENUES TODAY

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:35 A.M.

Peoria Civic Center Theater Ranks 12th Internationally on VENUES TODAY


















PRESS RELEASE                                  January 2, 2015


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Peoria Civic Center Theater Ranks 12th Internationally on VENUES TODAY “TOP STOPS” for 2014

Arena Also Makes List for October-November Events


(Peoria, IL.)- VENUES TODAY Magazine has released their “TOP STOP” venues worldwide, with the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center Arena landing the 11th  spot internationally, and 5th nationally in the top arena venues list and the Peoria Civic Center Theater landing the 12th  rank internationally and nationally on the top theater venues list. 


The Theater figures for tickets sold worldwide represent shows played between October 16, 2013 and October 15, 2014.  The Peoria Civic Center Theater had seven outstanding shows in that time, which contributed towards landing the Theater comfortably on this “TOP THEATER STOPS” list.  Shows in the theater included: Jerry Seinfeld; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Joe Bonamassa; Mindless Behavior; Ray LaMontagne; Jackson Browne; and Alice in Chains.   


The Arena figures for tickets sold worldwide represent shows played between October 16, 2014 and November 15, 2014.  Bassnectar: NVSB Tour was the only outstanding show during this time to land the Peoria Civic Center Arena on this “TOP ARENA STOPS” list.


“It’s always an honor to be mentioned on international top stop lists,” said Jim Wetherington, the Peoria Civic Center’s General Manager, “Landing on these lists wouldn’t be possible without the great promoters we work with, our hardworking staff, and the extremely supportive Peoria community.”      


The Peoria Civic Center was featured on the list along with other SMG managed buildings.  Other arenas include Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Intrust Bank Arena, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Richmond CenterStage, Saenger Theatre, and the Santander Peforming Arts Center.


“The fact that we have been frequently making these international lists is a sign of good things to come,” Wetherington said, “We look forward to keep rising up the lists in the future.”


About the Peoria Civic Center

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

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 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 & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.


SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities.  SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.  To learn more, visit