By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner
The Staples Center in Los Angeles set new records in a few attendance and concessions categories last month, hosting three sold concerts by Justin Timberlake on Sept. 16-17 and Sept.19, four sold out Mana’ concerts on Sept. 20-23 and two Los Angeles Kings pre-season hockey games on Sept. 15 and Sept. 18.
The records were: selling out seven concerts in eight days, which had never been done before in the arena’s eight-year history; Mana’ being the first Latin artist or group to sell out and play four consecutive nights at the venue (the only other artist to attain that feat was Neil Diamond in September 2005); food and beverage sales over the nine day run, brought in more than $1.8 million from the seven concerts and two hockey games.
Justin Timberlake’s three shows had a combined total attendance of 50,671 with tickets priced at $97.50-$56, and Mana’ had a total combined attendance of 60,000 fans over the four night run with tickets priced at $99-$55. Based on Based on an average ticket price of $76.88, the two acts grossed more than $8 million.
“Straples Center hosts over 250 ticketed events a year, and we are fortunate to have a hard-working, dedicated staff that allows us the ability to have seven huge concerts and two hockey games in a span of nine days,” said Staples Center General Manager Lee Zeidman in a statement.