Best-Selling Venues of 2019 include MSG, Arrowhead Stadium

With so much entertainment to go around in 2019, major venues around the country faced stiff competition to become the supreme seller. Ultimately, the year’s best-selling venues include a mix of ballparks, stadiums and theaters, led by “The World’s Most Famous Arena” – Madison Square Garden.

The New York staple ranked first once again for its wide array of events. MSG clocked the most ticket sales thanks to being home to two professional sports teams and hosting dozens of sold-out concerts and other special events. Its best-selling show occurred over the summer when Queen and Adam Lambert’s successful Rhapsody Tour rolled through.

Claiming the second spot among the year’s best-selling venues is Arrowhead Stadium. Given the overwhelming force the Kansas City Chiefs are when it comes to ticket sales, their home turf firmly stands as the best-selling NFL stadium.

Four other NFL stadiums joined Arrowhead in the year-end Top 20 list, while two theaters made the cut: Broadway’s Hamilton-dwelling Richard Rodgers Theatre and Las Vegas’ Park Theater at Park MGM.

See the Top 20 best-selling venues of 2019 below.

Top 20 Best-Selling Venues of 2019

Sales RankVenueCity, StateBest-Selling Event
1.Madison Square GardenNew York, NYQueen & Adam Lambert – Aug. 6
2.Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MOAFC Championship Game – Jan. 20
3. TD GardenBoston, MANHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 – June 12
4. Staples CenterLos Angeles, CABoxing: Errol Spence Jr. v. Shawn Porter – Sept. 28
5. Richard Rodgers TheatreNew York, NYHamilton – Oct. 11
6. Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GASuper Bowl LIII – Feb. 3
7. Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TNLoretta Lynn All-Star Birthday Concert – Apr. 1
8.T-Mobile ArenaLas Vegas, NVCanelo Alvarez v. Daniel Jacobs – May 4
9.MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJBTS – May 18
10.American Airlines CenterDallas, TXCrossroads Guitar Festival – Sept. 21
11.Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COBillie Eilish – June 5
12. Toyota CenterHouston, TXAndrea Bocelli – Dec. 12
13. Pepsi CenterDenver, COElton John – Feb. 7
14.AT&T StadiumArlington, TXDallas Cowboys v. Green Bay Packers – Oct. 6
15.AmericanAirlines ArenaMiami, FLAndrea Bocelli – Feb. 14
16.Park Theater at Park MGMLas Vegas, NVAerosmith – Apr. 26
17.Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, PAQueen & Adam Lambert – Aug. 3
18.Dodger StadiumLos Angeles, CAPaul McCartney – July 13
19.Minute Maid ParkHouston, TXWorld Series Game 6 – Oct. 26
20.NRG StadiumHouston, TXThe Rolling Stones – July 27

Highest-Selling Events Per Venue

The year’s Top 20 venues may be some of the most visited in the U.S. and is easy to see why they are the best-selling. However, many have the element of surprise when it comes to the lone event that contributed the most to their success. Sporting events were noted as the best-selling event in only seven venues, including Super Bowl LIII and Game 6 of the World Series.

Concerts garnered the highest sales of most top venues with a diverse mix of artists in the spotlight. Grammy-nominated Billie Eilish boosted the yearly sales at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, while classical crossover giant Andrea Bocelli had the best-selling show both in Houston and Miami. Music City came out in droves to see an All-Star Birthday Concert honoring Loretta Lynn at Bridgestone Arena and the Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring Eric Clapton caused the biggest commotion at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

Major headlining acts like BTS, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney scored the most sales in U.S. stadiums. And despite Lady Gaga having the most in-demand Las Vegas residency of the year, Aerosmith bested her for the opening night of their Deuces Are Wild residency. Both regularly headline the Park Theater at Park MGM.

Best-Selling Venues by Region

Although Madison Square Garden, the Richard Rodgers Theatre and Boston’s TD Garden all landed in the top 5, Northeastern venues were the least represented on the top 20 best-selling venues list.

Nearly half of the year’s top 20 venues are located in the Southern region of the U.S., with five found in Texas alone. West Coast markets – primarily Los Angeles and Las Vegas – accounted for 30 percent of the list.

Want to see more posts like this? Check out the rest of our 2019 Year in Review series here.

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