The Sprint Center ended 2013 as the eighth-busiest arena in the U.S. when it comes to live entertainment, and generated $1.47 million in revenue for Kansas City.
By KEVIN COLLISON
The Kansas City Star
The latest ranking by Pollstar, an industry trade publication, also listed the arena, which opened in 2007 at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard, as the 26th-busiest venue in the world. Pollstar does not include sporting events in its calculation.
Sprint Center officials also said the arena contributed $1.47 million to the city through a revenue-sharing agreement with Anschutz Entertainment Group. The Los Angeles firm contributed $53.2 million toward the $276 million project in return for a 35-year contract to manage and operate the facility.
Since the arena opened, the city has earned $9.3 million from the agreement.
The Sprint Center had multiple sold-out shows last year including Taylor Swift, Pink, One Direction, the Eagles, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood and Lady Gaga. The arena can accommodate between 14,500 and 19,000 people for concerts depending on the stage layout.
Sprint Centers continued success reflects unbridled passion for live entertainment in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest, said Brenda Tinnen, AEG Kansas City senior vice president and general manager.
The seven U.S. venues ahead of Kansas City in the 2013 Pollstar rankings were New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn.
The Sprint Center actually slipped slightly in the new Pollstar ranking. In 2012, Pollstar listed the Kansas City arena as the sixth-busiest in the U.S. and 22nd in the world.
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