Submitted. The Abbotsford Centre, a venue operated by Global Spectrum, climbed the international rankings claiming 164th in Pollstar Magazine’s 2014 year-end Top 200 Arena Venues Worldwide ticket sales report. The Abbotsford Centre ranked second in British Columbia and 13th in all of Canada. The 2014 results were the highest ranking for the Abbotsford Centre by Pollstar since the venue opened in 2009. The rankings are based solely on ticket sales to 2014 concerts and family shows, and do not include ticket sales to sporting events.
Pictured at right:Toby Mac at Abbotsford Centre. Photo by Darkworks Photography
The Abbotsford Centre was also recently named first in Western Canada and second in the Pacific Northwest for venues between 5,001 to 10,000 capacity by Venues Today, another leading live entertainment business magazine.
“These achievements wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our community, our friends at Invictus Entertainment Group, Live Nation, LMG Concerts and all of the various promoters and shows that we have had the pleasure of working with throughout the year,” said Andrew Nash of Global Spectrum, General Manager at the Abbotsford Centre, “I’m also extremely proud of all of the members of our team who worked so very hard to create memorable experiences for everyone who attended.”
The Abbotsford Centre experienced an exciting 2014 leading up to this acknowledgement as the building hosted sold-out shows, including Florida Georgia Line, Hedley, John Fogerty, and tobyMac (holds venue attendance record). World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) made its debut appearance in the Fraser Valley in 2014, and country superstars Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley also played to capacity crowds at the venue. The Abbotsford Centre was also nominated for Major Facility of the Year Award (under 8,000 capacity) at Canadian Music Week last May.
Global Spectrum operates three other venues in British Columbia. They include Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, BC as well as the South Okanagan Events Centre and Memorial Arena in Penticton, BC.