Woodlands venue ranks as world's second most popular amphitheater, with Lady Gaga and ZZ Top on the way
The Woodlands' Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has been ranked second in a ranking of the top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on 2014 ticket sales, according toPollstar magazine, the concert industry's leading trade publication.
The amphitheater has consistently placed in the ranking's top five since 2010.
Among the venue's 17 sold-out concerts last year were Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.
"The Pavilion's 25th season proved to be one of our best seasons yet," said president and CEO Jerry MacDonald in a press release. "We would not have had such a successful season without our partnership with Live Nation, our dedicated staff and supportive community. We already look forward to a strong lineup in 2015."
Pollstar's ranking is based on third quarter ticket sales from 2014, and sales at the Woodlands venue between July 1 and Sept. 30 totaled a whopping 404,379. Among the venue's 17 sold-out concerts last year were Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.
The venue also hosted a performing arts series that included eight Houston Symphony concerts, performances by Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and the 19th Annual Children’s Festival.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. came in first, with DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich. (No. 3), Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto (No. 4), and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (No. 5) rounding out the top five
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion currently has eight concerts on sale, including Nickelback (April 1), Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (April 24), Elton John (May 1), ZZ Top & Jeff Beck (May 2) and Lana Del Rey (May 7).