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Vector Arena ranked just behind Madison Square Garden in world top 100 venues list

Vector Arena ranked just behind Madison Square Garden in world top 100 venues list
September 17, 2013

The ranking of Auckland's Vector Arena behind New York's Madison Square Garden is proof that New Zealanders love live entertainment, according to the venue's management.

Vector Arena has been placed 31st in the top 100 Arena Venues worldwide in the just released Pollstar 2013 midyear report - with Vector Arena management also highlighting that the venue ranks ahead of all but one of Australia's major arenas on the list.

Vector Arena Managing Director Brendon Hines commented "we're thrilled that Vector Arena is up there with the best arena venues worldwide.

"It is proof the Arena is delivering the sort of gigs that the New Zealand public want to go see.

"As the ranking is based on ticket volumes it's also proof just how much Kiwis love to see live entertainment.

"You only have to compare the volume of tickets sold at Madison Square Garden in New York, a total of 194,237, with those at Vector Arena, 191,464, to realise just how much the New Zealand public support and love to see the world's top performing artists.

"(And) New York City alone has twice the population of New Zealand!"

Vector Arena expects to further climb to the top of the list of the world's top 100 Arena Venues with 23 upcoming shows, many of them sold out, for big acts including Rihanna, One Direction, Beyoncé, Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Cirque du Soleil still to come before the end of 2013.

In a statement, Vector Arena management highlight that "this recognition is further proof that New Zealand and Vector Arena is punching above its weight on the world stage by attracting great shows and providing sold out audiences.

"That's no mean feat for a small country at the bottom of the pacific!

"These rankings are important in attracting big acts to New Zealand and along with the positive experiences bands and their crews have at Vector Arena it ensures Kiwis don't miss out on seeing the world's top performing artists.

"Since opening in 2007 Vector Arena has become the venue of choice for the vast majority of big acts touring New Zealand and due to the venue's state of the art set up it's been able to host the full production of the best touring artists in the world, who more often than not used to skip New Zealand on their world tours."

To further fuel trans-Tasman rivalry, Vector Arena management have highlighted a comment made recently by Chris Kansy, Production Manager for Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour.

Kansy is quoted as stating that "this venue is better than most in Australia, I think. It's a beautiful, modern facility. We've had a good experience here, absolutely. We like it a lot!"

Vector Arena management conclude "as well as accommodating the big acts that attract full capacity audiences to the 12,000 seat Arena an innovative flexible capacity plan, which cleverly utilises curtains and stage placement, was introduced mid 2012.

"This has enabled the Arena to provide state of the art facilities as well as provide a sold out Arena concert experience for acts with smaller audiences, who might otherwise skip New Zealand on their world tour.

"It's this sort of flexibility that ensured Kiwis got to see the Stone Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Kenny Rodgers, New Order and the Manic Street Preachers to name a few."

26th September 2012 - VECTOR ARENA TO INTRODUCE INTIMATE VENUE MODE

28th July 2011 - DINOSAURS BREAK VECTOR ARENA ATTENDANCE RECORDS

13th September 2010 - NEW OWNER/OPERATORS AT AUCKLAND’S VECTOR ARENA

4th January 2010 - VECTOR ARENA ONE OF BUSIEST VENUES OF ITS SIZE


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