Oklahoma artists, venues top ticket sales charts
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
1/12/11 at 5:11 PM
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Oklahoma again made the top 100 lists in worldwide ticket sales, according to numbers recently released by industry tracker Pollstar Pro.
Nationally, Tulsa's BOK Center also made it to No. 10 in ticket sales in 2010, according to Pollstar Pro, with 360,871 tickets sold.
The venue ranks No. 23 in worldwide arena ticket sales, with the Oklahoma City Arena at No. 96 on that chart, with 124,766 tickets sold. In 2009, the venue ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 20 worldwide in arena ticket sales.
“We are very grateful for the continued success after two and a half years," said John Bolton, BOK Center General Manager, in an email to the Tulsa World.
"The support and interest in the building from Tulsa and the surrounding communities is remarkable.”
Carrie Underwood (Checotah), Kings of Leon (Oklahoma City), Rascal Flatts (Picher) and other musicians with Oklahoma ties broke into the Top 100 in concert ticket sales. Cain's Ballroom, Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma promoters DCF Concerts and more also cracked the worldwide Top 100 charts, too:
And, while the Sooner state remains strong on ticket sales, the national outlook isn't as bright, Pollstar Pro reported. The magazine estimated that overall ticket revenue for major North American concerts fell to $4.25 billion from 2009’s record of $4.6 billion.
It's the first time since 1995 that concert industry ticket sales have shown any decline. Still, the 2010 numbers are nearly four times what they were in 2000, when the industry hit $1.7 billion in ticket sales.
Ticket prices have also risen dramatically, the site's report showed. Average ticket price 10 years ago was around $40. Today, it's closer to $63, down about $6 each on average from a high in 2008.
Worldwide Top Concert Tours:
1. Walking With Dinosaurs, 1,943,508 tickets sold
2. Bon Jovi, 1,909,234
3. AC/DC, 1,820,962
4. Black Eyed Peas, 1,909,234
5. U2, 1,312,784
21. Carrie Underwood, 669,569
22. Toby Keith, 660,128
25. Brooks & Dunn, 632,186
31. Rascal Flatts, 583,056
45. Kings of Leon, 394,099
74. Alice in Chains, 237,016
Nationwide Top Arena Sales:
1. Madison Square Garden Arena, New York, NY, 1,152,792 tickets sold
2. Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif., 650,553
3. American Airlines Center, Dallas, 518,646
4. Philips Arena, Atlanta, 508,267
5. Sprint Center, Kansas City, 482,842
10. BOK Center, 360,871
Worldwide Top Concert Promoters:
1. Live Nation, 25,139,310 tickets sold
2. AEG Live, 12,502,833
3. Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur (Germany), 2,579,582
4. MSG Entertainment, 2,481,529
5. Feld Entertainment, 2,473,990
48. SMG, 309,209 (Manages the Oklahoma City Arena and the BOK Center, among others)
100. DCF Concerts (Oklahoma City, Tulsa) , 102,308
Worldwide Club Venue Sales:
1. Terminal 5, NY, NY, 303,980 tickets sold
2. 9:30 Club, Washington DC, 259,792
3. Ancienne Belgique, Brussels Belgium, 233, 450
4. The Pageant, St. Louis, 186,342
5. The Joint, Las Vegas, 163,769
31. Cain’s Ballroom, 77,812
Worldwide Arena Venue Ticket Sales
1. 02 – London, UK, 1,737,654 tickets sold
2. Madison Square Garden Arena, NY, NY, 1,152,792
3. Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, UK, 1,077,620
4. Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, 680,222
5. 02 – Dublin, Ireland, 656,174
23. BOK Center, 360,871
96. Oklahoma City Arena, 124,766
Worldwide Amphitheater Ticket Sales
1. DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich., 688,023 tickets sold
2. Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia, 402,030
3. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, The Woodlands, Texas, 366,864
4. Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind., 365,415
5. Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey, 361,961
63. Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater, 62,099 tickets sold
Carrie Underwood performs at the BOK Center in this Oct. 10, 2010. file photo. The Checotah native's "Play On" tour ranked No. 21 worldwide in ticket sales, according to Pollstar Pro. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file
People line up to purchase Sean Hannity Freedom Concert merchandise Friday night at the BOK Center. KEVIN PYLE/ For The Tulsa World