Grand Rapids — Billboard magazine recently dropped their mid-year charts, and SMG-managed Van Andel Arena can be found among the top venues in the world. In fact, the Grand Rapids venue can be found right at the top!
Billboard lists Van Andel Arena as the #1 venue in North America (#6 worldwide) for all venues with a capacity range of 10,001-15,000. Additionally, DeVos Performance Hall came in as the #13 theater venue worldwide. Billboard used total reported gross ticket sales from November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 to rank venues around the world.
“We are thrilled with the great start we have had in the first half of the year,” said SMG Regional General Manager Richard MacKeigan. “We are very proud of the incredible community we have here in West Michigan, and this ranking is an affirmation of that. What we do wouldn’t be possible without their support, as well as from the Grand Rapids-Kent County/Convention Arena Authority, SMG corporate, and promoters around the industry. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
Events such as Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake, Dierks Bentley, Metallica, KISS, Bob Seger, and several others contributed to the numbers at Van Andel Arena over that time period. At DeVos Performance Hall, Brit Floyd, Aziz Ansari, John Mellencamp, Harry Connick, Jr., Straight No Chaser, RBRM, and many more helped fill the seats.
Both venues are looking to keep the momentum going with Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss on August 9, Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson on August 13, Chris Stapleton on August 16, Alabama on August 23, and JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M. The Tour on August 27 at Van Andel Arena and “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 26, Why Don’t We on August 26, Cedric “The Entertainer” on September 7, Serie Latina presents La Santa Cecilia on September 20, and comedian Eddie B on September 21 at DeVos Performance Hall.
Tickets for all events can be purchased in person at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices and online at Ticketmaster.com.
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Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 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 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As a 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 & Soldier 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 companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com