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FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE CLIMBS 48 SPOTS UP THE RANKING OF THE WORLD’S TOP VENUES IN SIX MONTHS

Aug 14, 2018

FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE CLIMBS 48 SPOTS UP THE RANKING OF THE WORLD’S TOP VENUES IN SIX MONTHS

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Ranked 58th Busiest Arena in the World and 4th in Canada according to POLLSTAR Magazine

Hamilton, Ontario (August 14, 2018) – FirstOntario Centre, managed by Spectra, was ranked the 58th busiest arena according to Pollstar’s 2018 Mid-Year Top 200 venues in the world and the 4th in Canada; ascending 48 spots from the 2017 Pollstar Year-End Rankings.

Rankings by Pollstar, a leading resource on the concert industry, are based solely on ticket sales of live events and concerts and do not include ticket sales to FirstOntario Centre’s tenant, the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs or some select events.

The venue made the enormous leap after finishing 2017 ranked 106th in the world and 7th in Canada, after selling over 163,341 tickets in 2017.

 “The Spectra team here in Hamilton is truly proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the past five years and especially over the last six months,” said Spectra’s interim General Manager Tim Murphy. “With our experience, incredible staff and relationships with key industry partners, especially Live Nation, Spectra has been able to continually build upon our success here in Hamilton year over year. We look forward to the remainder of 2018 as we continue to make our mark here in Hamilton.”

 Between January 1 and June 30, FirstOntario Centre has so far welcomed over 141,423 guests through its doors. The first half of the year included numerous world-class events including Avenged Sevenfold, Santana, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, Cirque Du Soleil’s Crystal, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Kevin Hart and a sold-out Stars on Ice show.

John Page, Spectra’s President of Content, Arenas & Stadiums, added, “The team in Hamilton has made a significant impact and will continue to proliferate the reputation of the venue and the prominence of the City as a must-stop destination for major tours and events.”

There is a lot of excitement still to come in the second half of 2018. FirstOntario Centre’s event calendar is packed with a number of exciting events, including: 

  • 6th HUM Awards – July 28*
  • Deep Purple & Judas Priest – August 28
  • 2018 CCMA Awards – September 9*
  • BTS – September 20, 22 & 23*  
  • Arjit Singh – September 28*
  • Sebastian Maniscalco – October 12
  • Marvel Universe Live – October 18 – 21* 
  • Food & Drink Fest – November 8-10
    *Only Canadian Date(s)

 Not to be left behind, FirstOntario Concert Hall ended the first half of 2018 ranked as the 139th busiest theatre in the world and 7th in Canada. The theatre is expected to continue to climb in Pollstar’s ranking by the end of the year due to the number of events already booked for the fall.

 Upcoming FirstOntario Concert Hall events include:

  •  CCMA Legends Show – September 7
  • Steve Earle – September 8
  • The Decembrists – September 17
  • Mastodon – September 19
  • The Wiggles – October 6-7
  • Queen Extravaganza – October 13
  • Jann Arden – October 14
  • Ray LaMontange – October 15
  • Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – October 21
  • Shawn Hook – October 22
  • Tash Sultana – November 13
  • Gordon Lightfoot – November 15
  • Glass Tiger – November 16
  • Three Days Grace – November 28
  • Il Divo – November 29
  • Paw Patrol Live – December 1-2
  • The Nutcracker – December 8

A key component of Spectra's success at the Core Entertainment facilities in Hamilton is their partnership with Live Nation. In the first half of 2018, Live Nation brought 15 events to FirstOntario Centre and FirstOntario Concert Hall, with another 14 more to play between the two venues by the end of the year. "Our programming focus is to bring the widest range of live entertainment to FirstOntario Centre & FirstOntario Concert Hall." said Riley O'Connor, Chairman of Live Nation Canada. "Artists are drawn to Hamilton for its warmth and energetic dedicated fans, making Hamilton a vibrant live music destination."

For a complete list of upcoming events please visit www.CoreEntertainment.ca.

 

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VENUE CONTACT:
Jill Kurtz – Assistant Director of Marketing
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ABOUT CORE ENTERTAINMENT
Core Entertainment is the engine that drives events to FirstOntario Centre, FirstOntario Concert Hall and The Studio.  Reaching fans across Southwestern Ontario, we have something for everyone whether you enjoy, sports, concerts, family shows or theatre. Core Entertainment is powered by Spectra Venue Management. For additional information, visit www.CoreEntertainment.ca.

ABOUT SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT
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ABOUT SPECTRA
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