SaskTel Centre ranks among world’s best for ticket sales

Pollstar ranks SaskTel Centre 85th in the world for entertainment ticket sales in 2014. Eric Beck / Global News

SASKATOON – Bruno Mars. Katy Perry. Queen + Adam Lambert. These were some of the big-name acts who performed at SaskTel Centre in 2014, helping sell over 155,000 tickets during the year.

It was enough for a music industry magazine to place the venue in the top one-hundred in the world. Pollstar ranked SaskTel Centre 85 out of 200 on the world-wide list and eighth for Canada.

This is up significantly from 2013 when close to 100,000 tickets were sold and the venue placed 129th in the ranking.

SaskTel Centre Executive Director Scott Ford says over 67 artists performed on stage in 2014, featuring a wide range of music genres and family shows.

“Thirteen of the shows at SaskTel Centre were ranked among the top 100 tours of 2014, including Katy Perry and Bruno Mars,” said Ford.

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The 2015 concert line-up is already shaping up with some big names already scheduled to hit the stage: Nickelback (March 10), Maroon 5 (March 25), Marilyn Manson (April 6), Def Leppard (April 28), Neil Diamond (April 30), Journey (July 22) and The Who (Oct. 6).

READ MORE: Ed Sheeran to play SaskTel Centre in June

The other Canadian venues in the top 100 were:

  • 11. Toronto’s Air Canada Centre – 584,729
  • 33. Edmonton’s Rexall Place – 405,408
  • 64. Winnipeg’s MTS Centre – 241,045
  • 65. Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre – 237,055
  • 66. Vancouver’s Rogers Arena – 224,400
  • 68. Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome – 210,727
  • 83. London’s Budweiser Gardens – 160,160

Pollstar collects box office reports from almost all of the world’s top-level artists, promoters and venues. The top three venues in the report were located in Britain with combined ticket sales of more than 3.8 million.

Saskatchewan Place, now the SaskTel Centre, opened in 1989 and seats approximately 13,000 concert-goers.

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