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Monumental Sports & Entertainment celebrates 2016 with No. 7 and No. 8 ranked arenas

January 17, 2017
EagleBank Arena ranked No. 7 nationwide and No. 11 worldwide for grossing venues; No. 42 in ticket sales nationwide

Verizon Center ranked No. 8 nationwide and top 20 worldwide for grossing venues;  No. 9 in ticket sales nationwide

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) celebrates 2016 with Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena recording an impressive set of year-end rankings across three leading trade publications: Billboard, Venues Today and Pollstar. Billboard and Venues Today track the top grossing venues based on capacity, and Pollstar ranks the top 200 selling arenas for ticket sales based on capacity for events and concerts, with professional and college sports teams attendance figures excluded.

Verizon Center ranked No. 8 nationwide and No. 13 worldwide for top grossing venues with a capacity of 15,000-plus according to Billboard and No. 9 nationwide and No. 12 worldwide for top grossing venues with a capacity of 15,000-30,000, according to Venues Today. The arena also ranked No. 9 in ticket sales nationwide and No. 22 worldwide amongst the top 200 arenas according to Pollstar.


The arena entertained 2.7 million people in 2016 across 218 events, which included a run of 95 events in 70 days during the first quarter. The 2.7 million annual attendance figure marks the highest annual attendance figure for the building since 2013 when taking into account the three professional sports teams (NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics), the college team (NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball) that call the arena home in addition to the concerts, family shows, sporting events and meetings .


“Several major touring acts hit the road during 2016 providing for another stellar year of ticket sales and events at Verizon Center, ranking us once again amongst the top venues in the country,” said MSE president of venues David Touhey. “Our first quarter of the year was exceptionally busy for the arena having held 95 events in just 70 days across varying concerts, the ACC Tournament, AIPAC and our teams.”


Verizon Center catered to 29 concerts and top touring acts in 2016 including two consecutive sold-out shows each for Drake, Paul McCartney and Adele. Bruce Springsteen also recorded his 10th sold-out concert for the arena, which is the most sold-out shows by any one artist in building history. Additional concert highlights included Carrie Underwood’s first ever performance at Verizon Center, and shows from Justin Bieber, Muse, Rihanna, Duran Duran, The Who, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Selena Gomez, Barbra Streisand, Pitbull, AC/DC with Axl Rose, Sia, Stevie Nicks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more. World-class sporting events that took place throughout the year included the annual Washington International Horse Show and the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, which has now played the arena twice throughout the 19 year history of the building. First time events for the arena included the exhibition games for the World Cup of Hockey and meetings for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Family shows also took to the stage in 2016 with WWE’s Battleground Pay Per View, the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.


EagleBank Arena ranked No. 7 nationwide and No. 17 worldwide for top grossing venues with a capacity of 10,001-15,000, according to Billboard, and No. 9 nationwide and No. 11 worldwide for venues with a capacity of 5,000-10,000, according to Venues Today. The arena also ranked No. 42 in ticket sales nationwide amongst the top 200 arenas according to Pollstar.


The arena attracted to 477,000 people in 2016 hosting 139 events, including college basketball games, concerts, family shows and other special events, marking the seventh highest annual attendance figure in building’s history. EagleBank Arena, home court for both George Mason University men’s and women’s basketball teams, continually ranks amongst the top university venues in the country and in the state of Virginia.


“We’re excited to continue being one of the top university venues’ in the country and the world,” said EagleBank Arena general manager Barry Geisler. “Each year we look to present a diverse schedule of events across a variety of musical genres, as well as events that attract people from different cultures. 2017 will be no different, as we’ve already booked several events across the  entertainment spectrum, including event seminars and meetings.”


EagleBank Arena marked another record year having been ranked No. 1 across venues in the state of Virginia for the second year in a row according to Venues Today. Event highlights for the year included 28 high school graduations, 19 concerts from Chance the Rapper, Casting Crowns, Alabama, The 1975, Troye Sivan, Brand New, Alan Jackson, Dear Jerry with the Avett Brothers, Marc Anthony, Newsboys, Fifth Harmony, Prophets of Rage and more. Amongst family shows, there were 16 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shows, nine Disney on Ice shows, five Sesame Street Live shows, three Harlem Globetrotters games, two Disney Live shows and a WWE Live event. Additional events included three comedy shows, Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller On Tour, Women of Faith, Maks and Val On Tour and Michael Flatley.