NEPA Scene Staff

Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 141 in Top 200 worldwide arenas, 4th in PA in 2016 ticket sales

Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 141 in Top 200 worldwide arenas, 4th in PA in 2016 ticket sales
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

From a press release:

The SMG-managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township was once again ranked in the Top 200 arenas in the world in event ticket sales, according to Pollstar’s “2016 Year End Worldwide Ticket Sales: Top 200 Arena Venues” report in a recent issue of Pollstar magazine, one of the leading industry publications.

Coming in at No. 141, the Mohegan Sun Arena ranked 16 spots higher on the list than in 2015 with over 35,000 more tickets sold in 2016 for concerts and family shows, as reported to Pollstar.

“To be one of the top venues in our very large state and to be in the Top 150 in the entire world for venues of all sizes is truly an accomplishment we are proud of,” said SMG General Manager of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Brian Sipe.

“Whether one of our patrons came to one of our many family attractions like Disney on Ice or Monster Jam; one of our many capacity concerts including Blake Shelton, Barry Manilow, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra; or you were a fan of WWE, we thank you for coming to support your venue in this great city! 2016 was our best year in the past four years, we couldn’t have done it without the agents, promoters, and touring personnel who decided that Wilkes-Barre was a must-play city on their tour!”

During 2016, Mohegan Sun Arena hosted some incredible touring artists and performances, including 11 acts that ranked in the Top 100 tours in the world for ticket sales, according to Pollstar.

Mohegan Sun Arena hosted 38 ticketed event performances, including the sold-out Elton John and Blake Shelton concerts; comedians Jeff Dunham, Amy Schumer, Gabriel Iglesias, and Louis C.K.; music legends Barry Manilow and Dolly Parton; two holiday performances from Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Chris Young, Shinedown, WWE Live and WWE Smackdown Live, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Disney Live, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Rankings for this report were determined by total paid attendance numbers as reported to Pollstar (concerts and family shows only) held between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.

Mohegan Sun Arena also hosted several events that are not included in the Pollstar report, including 44 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey games, Monster Jam, the NEPA Home and Garden Show, Hot Tub and Swim Spa Blowout Sale, Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention, Employment Expo 2016, NEPA Beer Festival, Marywood University Commencement, King’s College Commencement, Luzerne County Community College Commencement, University of Scranton Commencement, Crestwood High School graduation, PIAA District 2 High School Basketball Championships, 13th annual Toys for Tots Open Skate and Holiday Open House, two Donald Trump presidential campaign rallies, plus several other private trade shows.

Mohegan Sun Arena ranked fourth in the state of Pennsylvania for ticket sales during 2016, according to the report. Other venue rankings within the state include the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (33rd), the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (46th), and the Giant Center in Hershey (96th).

Recent Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza rankings:

2016 – Ranked 141st with 102,612 tickets sold
2015 – Ranked 157th with 67,517 tickets sold
2014 – Ranked 127th with 98,956 tickets sold
2013 – Ranked 148th with 81,360 tickets sold

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is owned by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, a government body appointed by Luzerne County. The arena is managed by SMG, the world leader in entertainment and sports facilities management with catering and concessions services provided by SAVOR… at Mohegan Sun Arena.