U.S. Bank Stadium Nominated for 2016 Pollstar Award for Best New Major Concert Venue
Minneapolis, Minn. (November 11, 2016) – Pollstar, a world-wide concert industry magazine, announced nominations for the 2016 Pollstar Awards on Friday. U.S. Bank Stadium was included in the nominations for the category of Best New Major Concert Venue. Past winners of Pollstar’s newcomer award include the Forum (2014 – Inglewood, CA), Barclays Center (2012 – Brooklyn, NY), O2 Arena (2007 – London, UK) and the Staples Center (1999 – Los Angeles, CA). U.S. Bank Stadium is one of six venues nominated this year for the Best New Major Concert Venue award.
“We are honored to have U.S. Bank Stadium recognized as a top new major concert venue in the entertainment industry,” says Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. “This facility was designed and built to host a wide-range of events and we look forward to attracting the best talent in the concert circuit to perform in Minnesota for years to come.”
Pollstar Award nominations are chosen by a small, exclusive group of industry professionals in several categories. Venue nominations are accepted in the areas of Arena of the Year, Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue, Best New Major Concert Venue, Facility Executive of the Year, International Venue of the Year, Best Small Outdoor Venue, Nightclub of the Year, and Theater of the Year. This year’s award ceremony will take place on February 2, 2017 at Pollstar Live! Conference in Los Angeles, California.
“Hosting back-to-back stadium shows was a huge accomplishment for U.S. Bank Stadium’s staff and operations crew, welcoming nearly 100,000 guests for the inaugural concert weekend,” says Patrick Talty, General Manager for SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium. “The opportunity to premier this venue with high-caliber artists put U.S. Bank Stadium on the map and set the tone for future events with the biggest acts in live entertainment.”
This prestigious industry award nomination comes after hosting a grand opening concert weekend featuring Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour and one of Metallica’s only 2016 dates in the United States. U.S. Bank Stadium recently announced Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour, set for August 12, 2017 and has more concert announcements on the horizon for the coming year.
Pollstar is a trusted concert industry trade magazine based in Fresno, California and is a member of the Associated Press. Since 1981, this weekly publication has been serving the concert industry by supplying in-depth information to professional concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers and facility executives. More information on Pollstar and the 2016 Pollstar Awards can be found at www.pollstar.com.
About U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium, owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is a multi-purpose stadium and home to the Minnesota Vikings. The 66,200 seat stadium is located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This state-of-the-art facility hosts prominent national and international programming including the Minnesota Vikings, concerts, family shows, college and high school sporting events, conventions, trade/consumer shows, and corporate or private meetings and other community events. U.S. Bank Stadium opened on July 22, 2016 and has been chosen as the site of the Summer X Games (2017 and 2018), Super Bowl LII (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four (2019).
U.S. Bank Stadium is an SMG managed facility. M Hospitality is the official food and beverage provider for U.S. Bank Stadium.
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Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.