Venues from Down Under figure prominently in a new poll of the world’s leading arenas.
Billboard’s newly-published 2019 Power Arena List rank the highest-grossing indoor venues on the planet, the so-called “lifeblood of the global concert industry.”
This year, five sites from Australia and New Zealand make the cut — that’s a 25 percent hit rate across the two categories.
Among sites with capacities north of 15,000, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena comes in at No. 4, with a 12-month gross of US$81.1 million reported to Billboard Boxscore.
Just one place below, at No. 5, is Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, which reported US$66 million during the 12-month period.
New York City’s Madison Square Garden is the daddy of them all, raking in $173.5 million during the 12-month span, during which time the room hosted shows by Drake, The Who, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel and more.
The Garden takes out for top spot in its class, ahead of London’s O2 Arena ($159.1 million) and The Forum in Los Angeles ($104.9 million).
For venues with a capacity north of 10,000, Brisbane Entertainment Centre ($40.5 million gross) just misses out on top spot, coming in at No. 2 behind Glasgow’s SSE Hydro ($64.5 million).