Peoria Civic Center's Theater and Arena Rank in the International Top 200 on POLLSTAR's

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Peoria Civic Center's Theater and Arena Rank in the International Top 200 on POLLSTAR's

PRESS RELEASE                            January 15, 2014


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For Immediate Release


Peoria Civic Center’s Theater and Arena Rank in the International Top 200 on

 POLLSTAR’s “2014 Year-End Worldwide Ticket Sales”


Peoria, IL.- POLLSTAR Magazine has released their “2014 Year-End Worldwide Sales List,” with the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center Arena landing the 101st rank nationally and the 169th  rank internationally in the top arena venues list and the Peoria Civic Center Theater landing the 94th rank nationally and the 117th  rank internationally on the top theater venues list. 


The Theater and Arena figures for tickets sold worldwide represent shows played between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.  The Peoria Civic Center had several outstanding shows in that time, which contributed towards landing the Theater and Arena on these lists.  Shows in the Theater included: Jerry Seinfeld; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Joe Bonamassa; Mindless Behavior; Ray LaMontagne; Jackson Browne; and Alice in Chains.  Shows in  the Arena included:   Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Monster Jam, Hunter Hayes, Santana, PBR Peoria Invitational, Bassnectar: NVSB Tour, A Night For Richard, Disney LIVE!, WWE LIVE!, Winter Jam, 2014 Spring Fling, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.   


“The Peoria Civic Center continues to put Central Illinois on the map as a prime market for live entertainment,” said Jim Wetherington, the Peoria Civic Center’s General Manager, “The success of the Peoria Civic Center relies on the community continuing to buy tickets and support events.”      


The Peoria Civic Center was featured on the list along with other SMG managed buildings.  Other SMG managed buildings include: BMO Harris Bank Center, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, Santander Performing Arts Center, and the Verizon Wireless Arena.


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