CLEVELAND, Ohio – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has been ranked 27th among 200 arenas in the world for entertainment ticket sales, according to the trade publication Pollstar.
In 2020, the arena was ranked No. 45.
The ranking – which does not include sporting events – covers the period from mid-November 2020 through mid-November 2021. Arenas – like many venues and stadiums – did not host games and events as a result of coronavirus pandemic restrictions, many of which went into effect in March 2020. The first major ticketed event at the arena since the beginning of the pandemic came on July 23, 2021, when WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to town.
The magazine’s ranking is by tickets sold. Gross amounts range widely depending on the specific shows being held. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse sold 117,383 tickets for shows during the period evaluated, which covered about 20 events – though several were free.
This month, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has 21 dates with scheduled events – 15 were hockey and NBA games, while six included family events, concerts and a comedy show. Barring Covid cancelations or postponements, the Harlem Globetrotters are scheduled for two games Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra is set to play Thursday, Dec. 30.
The first big event scheduled in the arena in 2022 is Disney on Ice, set for Jan. 7-16.
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville topped the ranking, with 336,227 tickets sold.
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