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Rod Laver Arena named as a top 10 highest grossing venue

Rod Laver Arena named as a top 10 highest grossing venue
November 28, 2019

International music magazine Billboard has named Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena as one of the world’s top 10 highest grossing venues over the past decade.

Built in 1988, Rod Laver Arena is in the company alongside global venues including the O2 Arena in London, New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

The venue welcomed 700,000 patrons through the turnstiles in the past year and has played host to more than 600 shows over the past 10 years, including P!NK’s record breaking run of 11 consecutive shows in front of 150,000 fans last year.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust Chief Executive, John Harnden advised "we are delighted that Rod Laver Arena finds itself in such esteemed company alongside some of the world’s most iconic venues.

“Thanks to the versatility of our venues and the expertise of our staff, the precinct hosts hundreds of diverse events throughout the year and Rod Laver Arena is no exception. Over the coming weeks it will host Elton John and The Wiggles, before the Australian Open kicks off in January.

“What makes this achievement even more impressive is that it has been done while managing construction of the $972 million Melbourne Park Redevelopment, none of which would be possible without the ongoing support of the Victorian Government.”

This builds on Rod Laver Arena ranking fifth in Billboard’s Arena Power List earlier this year (highest grossing venues for 2019), highlighting its versatility and the fact that it can ‘be configured for capacities of 16,800 in the round, 13,500 in end-stage concert mode and 7,000 in reduced concert mode."

"Pollstar, the leading trade publication for the international live entertainment industry, also recently named Rod Laver Arena as the third most popular venue (10,001-15,000 Capacity) worldwide based on ticket sales over the past decade."

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18th December 2018 - New facilities completed at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena

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2nd March 2018 - Redevelopment work recommences in Rod Laver Arena’s anniversary year

5th January 2017 - Rod Laver bronze statue unveiled at Melbourne Park

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26th January 2016 - Rod Laver, Graham Ford and David Gallop recognised in Australian Day honours

12th November 2015 - Lendlease to construct $338 million Rod Laver Arena refurbishment

2nd June 2015 - Rod Laver Arena upgrade to create a venue for international events

9th November 2012 - Rod Laver Arena a finalist in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top Arena’ Category

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


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