The newly built Barclay’s Center has been steaming right along with concert after concert, become a hot ticket for its first year of existence, and with this feat, it has ranked at number 2 on Billboard Magazine’s list global ticket sale rake-ins, only behind London’s O2 Arena. With this accomplishment, the arena, which has hosted a bevy of sold-out shows from the likes of Rihanna, to Justin Bieber, Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Beyonce and many others, it was also listed as the third highest on number of tickets sold. Approximately 657,423 tickets were sold between Jan. 1 and June 30 — the highest figure in the U.S., Pollstar reported—stacking up a hefty $46.9 million in sales to boot.
Local residents and Barclay’s CEO, Brett Yormark, chimed in about the center’s first year success:
“It’s beautiful,” said Yvette Raymond, 49, who lives near the building that opened in September. “It makes the neighborhood more lively. The neighborhood has always been good, but Barclays has made it even better.”
“We are proud to have become a destination venue that has been recognized globally in a short period of time,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center.
Senior citizen Andrea Cave, a retired teacher, said she thought the new arena was a major boost for the area.
“It’s an iconic building,” she said of the $1 billion facility on Atlantic Ave. “At one time that area was really crappy … If you walked around over there, you could get creamed. It’s much safer now.”
It also blazed pass it’s cross-town competition as well:
Barclays Center quickly outpaced its Manhattan neighbor, the venerable Madison Square Garden. The World’s Most Famous Arena, with 194,237 tickets sold, ranked No. 29 worldwide for the first half of 2013. That means the Brooklyn arena sold more than three times the number of tickets than its counterpart in Manhattan.