Sprint Center ranked as 2nd-busiest venue in US, 7th-busiest in world

Numbers reflect first quarter of 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City's Sprint Center was the second-busiest live entertainment venue in the United States for the first quarter of 2012, according to numbers released Monday.

In its April issue, Pollstar Magazine ranked the 50 busiest venues in the world based on tickets sold for live entertainment performances between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2012.

Sprint Center, located in downtown Kansas City adjacent to the Power & Light District, came in at No. 2 in the country and No. 7 in the world.

"As Sprint Center prepares to celebrate our fifth anniversary this fall, we are delighted that Kansas City continues to demonstrate strong demand for live entertainment and set attendance marks as evidenced by the #2 ranking among US arenas," said Brenda Tinnen, general manager and senior vice president at AEG Kansas City, the company that runs Sprint Center.

The O2, in London, ranked as the busiest venue in the world, according to Pollstar . San Jose's HP Pavillion ranked as the top venue in the United States, coming in at No. 6 in the world.

In a statement on their website , Sprint Center officials credited concerts from acts like Jason Aldean , Brad Paisley, Jeff Dunham, George Strait and Martina McBride, Radiohead and Drake for the venue's high numbers to start the year.

The April issue of Pollstar Magazine hits newsstands this week.

For a look at the top 50 busiest venues in the world, in pdf format, visit http://tinyurl.com/8yoeons

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