According to Venues Today's Year-End Top Stops Chart, Barclays Center was the highest grossing arena in the U.S. in the 15,001- to 30,000-seat category, for events taking place Oct. 16, 2012 to Oct. 15, 2013. It was the third biggest ticket seller in the world in the same category, behind London’s O2 and the Manchester (U.K.) Arena. There were more than 200 events (including Nets games) in 2013 and ticket grosses for 2013 were $75,067,237, excluding Nets gate.The New Year's Eve show featuring Billy Joel sold more than 17,900 tickets, an attendance record, thanks to extra seats behind the stage and in one of the clubs. So apparently it's tough to reach that claimed 18,000 capacity.
Among the highlights were three of the final dates by electronic dance music giants Swedish House Mafia, a five-show stand by Beyonce, multiple nights from Pink and Kanye West and, for the first time, the MTV Video Music Awards.
Already on tap for the first half of 2014 are a pair of shows from former venue partner Jay-Z, as well as a stop from Miley Cyrus and three nights from rock band Arcade Fire in August. On top of all that, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will make its debut at the Brooklyn venue in April.
The article notes that the expanded and renovated Madison Square Garden will be a more formidable competitor. Paraphrasing the arena's Sean Saadeh, the arena has "a staffer dedicated to hospitality who works on unique gifting for artists based on copious research to find out what the acts' interests are."
Wow. If only the arena had a staffer dedicated to telling limos they shouldn't idle on the street and park illegally.
Saadeh also said there’s a “big television event” under consideration. There was no indication it would extend to the street like the MTV VMAs.
Barclays, according to this article, "had 210 nights of programming in 2013 and expects as many or more in 2014."