June 9, 2015


AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida was recently ranked fifth in the world by Venues Today magazine. The rankings are based on worldwide ticket sales for concerts, events and family shows in venues seating 15,001 or more from March 16 – April 15, 2015.

The 02 Arena – London
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville
American Airlines Center – Dallas
The Forum – Inglewood, California
AMALIE Arena – Tampa, Florida
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Philips Arena – Atlanta
Olympic Stadium – Montreal
Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas
Ethias Arena – Hasselt, Belgium

“We were very proud to host such a strong run of events in March and April of 2015, welcoming many notable acts including: the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, Eric Church, the NCAA’s Women’s Final Four, The Who with special guests, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and 98ROCKFEST. That’s only the beginning, there are more great events in the coming months,” said Elmer Straub, Vice President of Event Booking for Amalie Arena.

Amalie Arena recently hosted a sold-out RUSH concert (Sunday, May 24) and is welcoming other notable artists this summer including “the King of Bachata” Romeo Santos on June 19, Charlie Wilson with KEM and Joe on June 20, Imagine Dragons on July 10, Ariana Grande on July 16, Sam Smith on July 21, Cirque du Soleil presents “Varekai” August 4-9, WWE Raw on August 31 and more!

Venues Today is a leading international trade publication that has covered the business side of entertainment and sports, particularly as it relates to venues. Its readers include managers, owners, operators and bookers of arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums, performing arts centers, convention centers, fairgrounds and equestrian centers.

AMALIE Arena/Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC:

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC is an entity established by Jeff Vinik in March, 2010 to manage the National Hockey’s League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm and the leasehold rights to Amalie Arena, the 19,204-seat downtown Tampa home in which the teams play their games. The venue opened in 1996 and was named the Ice Palace at the time, but it became Amalie Arena in September, 2014 when the family-owned, Tampa Bay-based AMALIE Oil Company elected to partner with Vinik and Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment. Since Vinik’s purchase in 2010, he has led a complete brand and business transformation of the Lightning, the Storm and the arena which was anchored by a mostly private $60+ million dollar renovation of the publicly owned facility.

Visit AmalieArena.com for a full schedule of upcoming events.