The Barclays Center in Brooklyn has sold more tickets than any other arena in the country for the first six months of the year and led in gross ticket sales for concerts and family events, according to Billboard and Pollstar magazines.
“We are proud to have become a destination venue that has been recognized globally in a short period of time,” Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “After receiving terrific feedback from promoters of major artists last week in Los Angeles, we are confident that we will expand our programming schedule and be in an even better position in year two of Barclays Center.”
Starting with eight sold-out shows by Jay-Z and a concert lineup that included shows by Rihanna, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, and Justin Bieber, the $1 billion arena brought in $46.9 million in ticket sales with 657,423 tickets sold between Jan. 1 and June 30. It was the second most popular arena in the world behind England’s O2 with $119 million in sales.
Madison Square Garden was fourth on the list with $39 million of ticket sales. MSG also sold just 194,000 tickets, or less than a third of the total ticket sales of the Barclays Center. Keep in mind that with both the Knicks and Rangers playing there MSG has fewer dates. They are also undergoing renovations.
The fact that MSG has sold less than a third of the tickets that the Barclays Center has, but is just $7.9 million behind in sales shows that MSG is charging significantly more for tickets. Not a bad thing if you are going to shows in Brooklyn. The Garden sold out 22 of 33 shows while the Barclays Center sold out 20 of 90.
The Prudential Center did well for itself coming in fourth place with $32.8 million sold which was good for eighth place. The other American arena that did very well was the Staples Center in Los Angeles which sold $36.2 million in tickets.