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Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 126 in Top 200 worldwide arenas, 3rd in Pa. in 2017 ticket sales

Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre ranks 126 in Top 200 worldwide arenas, 3rd in Pa. in 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 once again ranked in the Top 200 arenas in the world in event ticket sales according to Pollstar’s “2017 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. 126, the Mohegan Sun Arena ranked 15 spots higher on the list than in 2016, with nearly 10,000 more tickets sold in 2017 for concerts and family shows, according to the report. This makes the local arena the third bestselling arena in Pennsylvania, 77th in the United States, and 126th in the world.

“Third in the state of PA is a great achievement that shows that Northeastern PA is a must-play for any tour that’s on the road,” says SMG General Manager of Mohegan Sun Arena Brian Sipe.

“2017 brought us our first WWE Raw televised event in almost 10 years that showed us internationally to the world, plus other sold-out events, including Thomas Rhett, Jeff Dunham, Alan Jackson, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was also great to be one of the last markets to host the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and many other great types of family entertainment, including the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, and Paw Patrol Live. Thank you to the ticket buyer, the promoters, the agents, our employees, our Authority, and the citizens who support our venue!”

Mohegan Sun Arena hosted 33 ticketed event performances, including sold-out performances from country superstars Thomas Rhett and Alan Jackson, WWE Raw, and holiday performances from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and comedian Jeff Dunham. 2017 also featured performances from comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, rock legend Bryan Adams, Christian rock group Newsboys, country megastar Brad Paisley, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, Paw Patrol Live, Disney Live, and a farewell and record-breaking performance of the 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, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

Mohegan Sun Arena also hosted several events that are not included in the Pollstar report, including 46 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey games, Monster Jam, World Championship Ice Racing, the NEPA Home and Garden Show, Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention, Employment Expo 2017, Wine and Whiskey 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, PA State Junior Wrestling Championships, 14th annual Toys for Tots Open Skate, American Bridal Show, plus several other private trade shows.

Other venue rankings within the state include the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (No. 24), the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (No. 48), the Santander Arena in Reading (No. 146), and the Giant Center in Hershey (No. 151).

Recent Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza rankings:

2017 – Ranked 126th with 112,149 tickets sold
2016 – Ranked 141st with 102,612 tickets sold
2015 – Ranked 157th with 67,517 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.