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VT SPOTLIGHT

MIDWEST MANEUVERING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13

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MIDWEST•2015

Based on concert and event grosses from Feb. 1, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015, as reported to Venues Today.

Katy Perry performs at Van Andel Arena in Grad Rapids, Mich.

VENUE, LOCATION

NO. OF SEATS

TOTAL GROSS

ATTENDANCE SHOWS

> 15,001 AND MORE CAPACITY 1. BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

18,041

$16,855,175

323,883

2. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

18,568

$16,494,278

470,604

52 54

3. Target Center, Minneapolis

19,500

$16,403,646

353,471

62

4. Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City 20,817

$12,162,769

262,835

42

5. Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

17,000

$9,563,573

188,966

26

6. Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

18,500

$7,354,526

95,196

14

7. Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium

23,425

$5,100,335

120,000

3

8. Target Field, Minneapolis

39,504

$4,936,161

42,416

1

9. United Center, Chicago

25,000

$4,775,223

41,873

3

10. Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

16,000

$3,988,262

35,123

4

1. Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

12,000

$12,243,379

227,235

40

2. Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.

15,000

$6,984,926

132,254

30

3. iWireless Center, Moline, Ill.

12,000

$4,687,851

132,770

29

4. Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis

10,600

$4,485,909

103,745

35

5. Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

10,500

$3,425,104

132,000

30

6. Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.

11,000

$3,342,074

122,049

37

7. Allen County War Mem. Col., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 13,000

$2,557,297

78,056

25

8. Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center Arena

> 10,001-15,000 CAPACITY

12,145

$2,537,194

63,406

22

9. Denny Sanford Premier Cntr., Sioux Falls, S.D. 12,000

$1,399,257

24,802

7

10. Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

$1,306,864

15,266

3

11,200

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14 VENUES TODAY APRIL 2015

Blue Man Group, John Legend and Reba in 2014. Joan Squires, president of Omaha Performing Arts, which manages both venues, said they have a $40-million annual economic impact on the community, while bringing in over 2.3 million people. “We strive to bring a wide variety of performances,” said Squires, “from the best of touring Broadway to jazz, popular artists, and speakers and try to reach all market segments and lots of performance genres.” The inaugural Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament was held at XCEL ENERGY CENTER in St. Paul, Minn., in March. The sixteam tournament was a popular draw, attracting more than 41,000 fans for the five games. The event will be coming back to Xcel Energy Center again in 2016. “Being the first one, it actually had the feel of being something new with all the Big 10 teams here and all their bands,” said GM Jack Larson. “There was a lot of excitement in the building.” BOK CENTER’S 2014 season brought many major country acts to Tulsa, Okla., like the sold-out George Strait show at the SMG venue in April. But GM Jeff Nickler said they have worked hard to go beyond country shows to bring in big pop acts like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars last year and attract fans from Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. “Tulsa is known as a country market historically,” said Nickler, “but we worked really hard to change that perception and to generate concert traffic with all genres of music. That variety is huge and has been a huge part of our success.” In September, BOK Center booked One Direction’s only arena date on the entire North American stadium tour, selling out the arena and grossing $981,875. “We place such an emphasis on booking and being aggressive to get shows,” said Nickler, “and it really paid off for that one. The crowd was electric, and the amount of excitement and hype around that show in the community was through the roof.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >

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MIDWEST•2015

Based on concert and event grosses from Feb. 1, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015, as reported to Venues Today. VENUE, LOCATION

NO. OF SEATS

TOTAL GROSS

ATTENDANCE SHOWS

> 5,001-10,000 CAPACITY 1. Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio

7,860

$4,967,026

115,829

2. U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

10,000

$3,394,153

123,324

37

$1,110,373

26,161

6

3. Freedom Hill Amph., Sterling Heights, Mich. 8,500

33

4. Amsoil Arena, Duluth, Minn.

8,500

$919,826

24,519

11

5. UIC Pavilion, Chicago

10,000

$913,843

16,948

2

6. Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio

5,700

$693,654

12,077

7

7. U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, Ill.

7,600

$597,572

12,361

6

8. BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, Ill.

10,000

$438,634

7,053

1

9. Viaero Event Center, Kearney, Neb.

5,500

$351,708

6,175

7

10. KC Live!, Kansas City, Mo.

8,000

$274,855

9,979

2

123

> 2,001-5,000 CAPACITY 1. Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

2,600

$16,709,125

241,409

2. Orpheum Theater, Omaha, Neb.

2,598

$14,398,081

219,043

134

3. Des Moines (Iowa) Performing Arts

2,735

$12,945,690

211,573

120

4. Chicago Theatre

3,604

5. Fox Cities Perf. Arts Center, Appleton, Wis. 2,072

$12,841,400

239,114

79

$8,695,226

138,067

120

6. DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich. 2,404

$6,238,301

139,317

170

7. State Theatre, Minneapolis

$5,582,171

107,417

75

2,181

8. Arvest Bank Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

3,200

$5,185,854

122,531

79

9. Peabody Opera House, St. Louis

3,100

$4,973,275

99,617

66

10. Riviera Theatre, Chicago

2,300

$4,190,560

123,626

52

> 2,000 OR FEWER CAPACITY 1. Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center Theater

1,942

$3,449,312

65,797

57

2. Holland Perf. Arts Center, Omaha, Neb.

2,000

$3,213,873

85,090

82

3. Royal Oak (Mich.) Music Theatre

1,700

$2,427,933

82,156

71

4. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit 1,560

$2,121,556

49,875

35

5. Vic, Chicago

1,400

$1,724,760

56,672

48

6. Mill City Nights, Minneapolis

1,500

$1,392,293

55,267

120

7. Victory Theatre, Evansville, Ind.

1,950

$1,098,595

29,129

40

8. Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1,901

$1,073,515

23,264

22

9. Park West, Chicago

1,000

$801,410

29,541

46

10. Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

1,014

$782,557

21,746

29

Compiled by Daniel Gray, [email protected]

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TECH UPGRADES Quality sound equals a quality show, which made new systems worth investing in for two venues. An entirely new sound system was installed at HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER to better support the popular shows and speakers that come to the facility. SMG16 VENUES TODAY APRIL 2015

managed PEORIA (Ill.) CIVIC CENTER THEATER also spent $600,000 to upgrade its sound system to a line array. Now, all the comedians and smaller concerts can use the sound system without any extra equipment. “It’s really made a difference in the performances,” said GM Jim Wetherington, “and it made it more economical for the shows to

come in because they don’t have to bring in sound.” FOX CITIES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER recently installed a telecoil hearing

loop into the main theater. With the system, a wire loop transmits sound signals from the speaker system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids or to assisted hearing devices that can be checked out. Van Laanen said the addition of the hearing loop has made a big difference to a major part of the performing arts center’s audience. “We’ve had incredible stories from people who felt that they could no longer enjoy live performances and now with the addition of the telecoil they’ve been able to come back and really feel part of the community again,” said Van Laanen. “Suffering from hearing loss can really be something that makes you feel isolated and separated from society, so we’ve had some very heart warming stories.” In September, XCEL ENERGY CENTER installed a whole new Daktronics video board, scoreboard and ribbon board display system. The $6-million project brought a center-hung video board that is almost six times larger than the previous one into Xcel Energy Center, as well as a new outdoor marquee. THE BOOKING GAME After a 2014 Broadway season that had its ups and downs, especially among single ticket buyers, PEORIA (Ill.) CIVIC CENTER THEATER recently announced a 2015 season that will include a week of Book of Mormon in June and a week of Kinky Boots in September. Normally the theater gets splits and not full weeks, so GM Jim Wetherington is hopeful that the long runs of big-name shows will bring their season ticket base up. Already, the theater is looking forward to its 2016 season by locking in a show for an even longer, two-week run. “We’re really trying to reach further out to get the anchors for the seasons and working with the agents to get those done,” said Wetherington. What’s normally an arena manager’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 >

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