PAVILION A POST-IKE SUCCESS STORY

16 Jan

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands ranked sixth in a listing of the top 100 amphitheaters in the world, based on the number of tickets sold in 2009.  According to the Jan. 18 edition of Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication, The Pavilion’s ticket sales totaled 346,519 for shows played between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. 

The Pavilion’s sixth-place ranking comes despite opening a month later than normal due to reconstruction from damage sustained by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The Pavilion reopened May 1, after undergoing a $9.5 million renovation and expansion.  “Our 20th season could not have been better. Along with celebrating our 20 years, opened with a newly renovated and expanded venue to a sold-out weekend of performances by the Dave Matthews Band and Kenny Chesney,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. 

The Pavilion had 14 sold-out concerts in 2009 including the Dave Matthews Band May 1, Kenny Chesney May 3, Buzzfest XXII May 10, No Doubt May 31, Aerosmith July 17, Coldplay July 22, Def Leppard Aug. 19, Incubus Aug. 21, Lil’ Wayne Aug. 22, Crosby, Stills and Nash Aug. 28, Depeche Mode Aug. 30, Nickelback Sept. 12, Blink-182 Sept. 24 and Buzzfest XXIII Oct. 24. 

In addition to its lineup of contemporary or mainstream entertainment in 2009, The Pavilion hosted eight Houston Symphony concerts, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and The United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus and the 14th Annual Children’s Festival. 

“The Pavilion is such a unique venue because of the variety of events we offer. We can host Buzzfest one day and a Houston Symphony performance the next,” MacDonald said. “I think this sets us apart from most other venues in the United States.” 

Pollstar magazine provides music business professionals with the most reliable and accurate source of information on the industry.

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