EagleBank Arena is Number One

EagleBank Arena has been named number one in the world for concert and event tickets

By Hailey Bullis, Staff Writer

On April 18, EagleBank Arena announced that it was named number one in the world for concert and event tickets sold in university venues for the first quarter of 2018 by Pollstar. This included family shows, concerts and other events.

Barry Geisler, the general manager for Eaglebank Arena, attributed the Arena’s success to its strong programing, “I think that the programing was very strong in the first quarter. You can tell by the variety you had there, there was a lot of family shows, ethnic music, country music. You try to get as much of everything you can and we try to get something for everybody,” said Geisler.

Geisler also added that it’s the performances and events that attract people to the shows at EagleBank. “As much as I would love to think the building is what is the attraction, the reality is it’s the performances and the attractions are the attractions,” said Geisler.

EagleBank Arena had a wide variation of shows this quarter, ranging from WWE: Road to WrestleMania and the Harlem Globetrotters to Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart.

The Arena’s most recent event was Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart, which was performed from April 12 to April 15. The arena also hosted PAW Patrol Live! where five of the six nights were sold out.

To broaden their events even more, Eaglebank also hosted country singers Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert on Feb. 9 and Feb. 15. Other concerts included Argentinian singer Ricardo Montaner, and Latin singers Romeo Santos, Maluma, and The Valentine’s Love Jam.

The total revenue made by the Arena has yet to be totaled. It takes from 6 weeks to 2 months to do so, according to Geisler.

“Clearly it was a very successful three months,” added Geisler.

Promoting for the events held at EagleBank is done through independent promoters and is generally not done by the arena itself. “We rent the building to independent promoters who advertise their shows all kinds of different ways — social media, radio, some television. There’s a variety of ways shows get promoted,” said Geisler.

Photo by Allie Thompson