Dec. 20th, 2010

Billboard Magazine Ranks Boardwalk Hall Among America's Top 10 Mid-Sized Venues

Venues: Billboard Magazine has ranked Boardwalk Hall among the top mid-sized event venues in North America and worldwide, the seventh time in the past decade the seaside arena has earned the distinction.

Boardwalk Hall grossed $15 million in ticket sales—which determines rank—during 2010, landing it sixth among venues that seat between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The 14,770-seat space beat out First Mariner Arena in Baltimore and Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., for the first slot in North America.

Boardwalk Hall topped all other mid-sized venues worldwide in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008 and bested other North American spots of its size in 2004, 2007 and 2010, according to ACCVA vice-president of marketing Maureen Siman.

During 2009, Boardwalk Hall attracted far fewer concerts—just six—that draw bigger crowds and generate more revenue than other events, general manager Greg Tesone said.

Bookings improved during 2010 with a record-high 15 shows that included sellout crowds for Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Nickelback, The Black-Eyed Peas and a three-day succession of Phish performances were among, according to a statement released Thursday by the Atlantic City Visitors and Convention Authority and Tesone of SMG Management.

ACCVA runs Boardwalk Hall in conjunction with Philadelphia-based SMG, an undertaking that costs about $6.5 million a year, according to a PowerPoint presentation compiled by Tesone.

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