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Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 157 in Top 200 worldwide arenas based on 2017 ticket sales

Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 157 in Top 200 worldwide arenas based on 2017 ticket sales
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From a press release:

The SMG-managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township was ranked No. 157 in the Top 200 arenas in the world in event ticket sales, according to Pollstar’s “2017 Mid-Year Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 200 Arena Venues” report in a recent issue of Pollstar magazine, one of the leading industry publications.

“Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Northeastern Pennsylvania continues to be a worldwide leader in the sports and entertainment business,” said SMG General Manager of Mohegan Sun Arena Brian Sipe.

“If you look at the list of the top markets in the entire world and to know that we, at just under 10,000 seats, are ranked right beside them, I think that is a testament to the success of our arena. Thank you to the ticket buyer, the promoters, the agents, our employees, our authority, and the citizens who support our venue!”

Out of the seven Pennsylvania arenas in the Top 200, the Mohegan Sun Arena comes in fifth behind the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (No. 37), the PPG Paints Arena (No. 41) and Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh (No. 147), and the Santander Arena in Reading (No. 150). Following Mohegan Sun is the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park (No. 168) and the Giant Center in Hershey (No. 200).

Rankings for this report were determined by total paid attendance numbers as reported to Pollstar (concerts and family shows only) held between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. During this time, Mohegan Sun Arena hosted 22 ticketed event performances, including the sold-out Thomas Rhett concert on March 9 and sold-out WWE Monday Night Raw televised event on June 5.

Mohegan Sun Arena also hosted performances by Brad Paisley, Newsboys, Alan Jackson, Bryan Adams, comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the final performances of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the state of Pennsylvania. Due to submission deadlines, some event attendance numbers were not included in this ranking.

Mohegan Sun Arena also hosted numerous sporting/community/retail events that were not included in the Pollstar report rankings, including 25 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey games, the Pennsylvania State Junior Wrestling Tournament, Monster Jam, PIAA District 2 High School Basketball Championships, the NEPA Home and Garden Show, the Employment Expo 2016, the Drink”aPalooza” Wine & Whiskey Festival, Marywood University Commencement, King’s College Commencement, Luzerne County Community College Commencement, University of Scranton Commencement, Crestwood High School graduation, plus several other private trade shows.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ranked 93rd in the continental United States for ticket sales during this time, according to the report, and ranked 157th in the world.

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.