Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Australian venues compete for Billboard magazine’s Top Arena awards

Australian venues compete for Billboard magazine’s Top Arena awards
November 10, 2011

Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena and Sydney' Allphones Arena have both been named as finalists in the prestigious 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, 'Top Arena' category.

Honouring the concert industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year, the Billboard Touring Awards are based on Billboard magazine's 'Boxscore' chart and actual box office performance between 1st October and 30th September each year.

Through the duration of the 2010/11 chart, the Rod Laver Arena hosted some of the hottest world tours including Metallica, Bon Jovi, Usher, Katy Perry and The Eagles.

Allphones Arena (the former Acer Arena) has also hosted a diverse range of major entertainment acts over the past 12 months including Metallica, Rihanna, The Eagles, Muse, The Wiggles, Linkin Park, Michael Bubl�, Lionel Richie, Alan Jackson, Usher, Santana, Neil Diamond, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus and Powderfinger along with Disney on Ice, Walking with Dinosaurs and Cirque du Soleil' Saltimbanco show.

This is the third year in a row that the Sydney venue has been a finalist in the Billboard Awards, with London's O2 winning in 2009 and 2010.

In previous years Madison Square Garden in New York had been the winner.

Rod Laver Arena and the AEG Ogden-managed Allphones Arenas are two of three finalists in the 'Top Arena' category, the O2 Arena in London being the third.

Brian Morris, Chief Executive of Rod Laver Arena manager Melbourne and Olympic Parks is delighted that the Melbourne venue is being recognised as having a global position among the top arenas in the world, stating "we are very honoured to be in this company and recognised by one of the most respected music magazines Billboard.

"Our concert business has continued to grow since we opened more than 23 years ago, Rod Laver Arena has become the number one Australian concert venue.

"Melbournians love music, they are eager to embrace the tours that come to our venue and this is reflected in our strong ticket sales. We would like to thank all of the promoters who bring these amazing tours to our venue, and all the fans who purchase the tickets and keep coming back for more."

In Sydney, Allphones Arena General Manager Paul Sergeant explains that "the past 12 months has provided music lovers with an incredible array of global superstars. We are thrilled to be nominated for a third consecutive year and, along with our colleagues from Melbourne, it shows just how strong and well regarded the live music scene is viewed around the World. We're here to serve all and thank our promoters for their fantastic support."

Michael Coppel Presents has also been nominated as Top Independent Promoter (International) .

The Billboard Touring Awards, presented by Wells Fargo Theatre, will be presented in New York tonight.

For the full list of finalists go to

Image: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne.

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see

read more



Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security


Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks



iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


TPEC Pool Enclosures

TPEC Pool Enclosures provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing residential, local government…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business