New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden took the No. 2 spot on the mid-year Top 200 Arena Venues Worldwide Ticket Sales list, conducted by Pollstar.
According to the data, which was reported to Pollstar for shows played from November 22, 2018 to May 22, 2019, Lanxess Arena took the No. 1 spot with 699,924 tickets sold during the half-year. However, Madison Square Garden, which sold 667,594 tickets, grossed a total of $78,126,157, topping the German arena, which clocked in at $40,898,392. Over the past six months, the Garden hosted performers like Ariana Grande, P!nk, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and Phish.
These numbers should continue to increase through 2019 as top tours are hitting the arena later this year, including Jennifer Lopez’ It’s My Birthday: The Live Celebration Tour, Michael Buble’s LOVE Tour, John Mayer’s Solo Tour, Khalid’s Free Spirit Tour, Queen & Adam Lambert’s The Rhapsody Tour, Peter Frampton’s Farewell Tour, and The Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins Tour. Additionally, Barbra Streisand will perform a special one-off show at the venue, and Billy Joel will continue his residency.
With a capacity of 20, 789, it’s no wonder that the Garden is one of the top-selling venues of the world. It’s on every music junkies list to visit and every band’s list of venues to perform at; over the past century, it has been a host to each of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Kiss, The Police, Led Zeppelin, and Grateful Dead. Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and U2 have also graced the stage, while high-profile sporting events like NHL, NBA, and WNBA All-Star Games have taken place there.
Other U.S. venues that scored spots on the Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 200 Arena Venues list include Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, Los Angeles’ The Forum, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, among others. Check out the full list here.