St. Augustine Amphitheater is the best in the US, 2nd in the world for ticket sales

St. Augustine is home to one of the best-selling amphitheaters in the world and the country’s best-selling, according to information released this week.

Pollstar magazine’s 2022 Mid-Year Ticket Sales Report indicates that St. Augustine’s Amphitheater sold the most tickets among amphitheaters nationwide from January 1 to June 27. The venue ranked second in ticket sales during the same period among amphitheaters worldwide.

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The amphitheater beat out bigger, older venues, such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

“It’s exciting to see because it tells us we’re doing something right,” said Gabe Pellicer, general manager of St. Augustine Amphitheater and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater sold 106,646 tickets from Jan. 1 through June 27 and earned more than $7.29 million in gross revenue, according to the release.

The second best-selling amphitheater, the Red Rocks Amphitheater, sold 57,423 tickets and grossed over $3.2 million.

St. Augustine's Amphitheater on Anastasia Island is the nation's best-selling amphitheater and the world's second-best seller for ticket sales from Jan. 1 to June 27, according to Pollstar Magazine.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater has a capacity of about 4,800 people, Pellicer said. The Red Rocks Amphitheater can accommodate over 9,000 people.

The best-selling amphitheater venue in the world was the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia, with 127,030 tickets sold and over $11.12 million in gross revenue.

Daily’s Place Amphitheater in Jacksonville just outside the top 5

Other local sites were in the top ranks.

Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place Amphitheater was in sixth place, with 32,591 tickets sold and more than $2.25 million in gross revenue.

West Palm Beach’s iTHINK Financial Amphitheater ranked 12th with 17,223 tickets sold and $970,199 in gross revenue.

Year-to-date, St. Augustine Amphitheater, also known as The Amp, has hosted about 40 ticketed events, according to a press release from the site. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, The Amp had 30 ticketed events with 74,226 guests midway through the year. At that time, it was No. 2 in the United States and No. 3 in the world among amphitheaters.

Pellicer said he and other officials knew before the report was released that the year had been strong, with more shows and some artists holding multi-night shows.

“It’s more than likely because we have artists who…choose to play here and choose to play here for multiple nights, which has made such a big difference,” he said.

So far this year, performances at the St. Augustine Amphitheater have included three nights by Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Billy Strings, two nights by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and three nights by rock band Widespread Panic, among others, according to the statement.

“Looking ahead, St. Augustine Amphitheater will close out 2022 with a strong lineup of artists including Whiskey Myers (Sunday, July 17), Buddy Guy & John Hiatt (August 6), Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (Sunday, July 15). September), Jack White (September 19), Earth, Wind & Fire (September 27), Bonnie Raitt (November 12), and many more,” according to the site.

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