SUNRISE, Fla. – Trade Publication PollStar announced today that the BankAtlantic Center ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 13 in the world in the publication’s mid year arena venue rankings. The national and worldwide rankings are the highest in the history of the BankAtlantic Center. The ‘Center of it All’ had an exciting first six months of entertainment to begin 2009 including big shows such as Beyonce, Fleetwood Mac, Il Divo, 15 performances of Cirque Du Soleil – Saltimbanco, Iron Maiden, Yanni Voices, Celine Dion, The Eagles, Dancing With The Stars, WWE Raw, Don King’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on HBO, and more.
“Quite simply, the first half of 2009 was an incredible six months of entertainment at the BankAtlantic Center,” Sunrise Sports & Entertainment president & chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. “These record-breaking Pollstar rankings, coupled with our exciting and diverse event schedule, are further proof that the BankAtlantic Center continues to be the premier South Florida destination for entertainers and fans alike. Moving forward we will continue to maintain an aggressive programming strategy with a number of big shows already on tap for the summer of 2009.”
The BankAtlantic Center ranked ahead of such renowned venues as the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, the Bell Centre in Montreal, Madison Square Garden in New York, the Izod Center in New Jersey, American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, and more.
“We appreciate the continued support from all the promoters, agents and entertainers who played an important role in helping us achieve this record-breaking ranking,” said SSE vice president of event programming Sid Greenfeig. “We look forward to welcoming them back for future concerts at our venue.”
Upcoming shows at the BankAtlantic Center include Metallica, the Jonas Brothers, Aerosmith, Depeche Mode, Monster Jam Summer Heat and more.
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. Home to more than 200 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center was a finalist for Arena of the Year in annual awards given by trade publication Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of Sawgrass Live presented by BankAtlantic.