The Wells Fargo Center’s busiest year on record has earned the venue a coveted Top-5 (No. 4) ranking in ticket sales among all North American arenas in 2018 from industry publication Pollstar. In addition, the 807, 370 tickets sold in 2018 notched a Top-10 ranking (No. 7) among all arenas worldwide over the last calendar year.  Both distinctions are awarded as the venue continues to expand upon its robust event schedule amid a $250 million transformation.   


In 2018, the Philadelphia sports and entertainment venue hosted a record number events, including: 51 concerts, six WWE events, highlighted by a sold-out Royal Rumble weekend, and a 22-show Disney on Ice run.  Impressively, the Wells Fargo Center remained open throughout phase III of an extensive multi-year redesign, hosting a grand total of 2.6 million fans when you factor in attendance for events featuring the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Soul and Villanova basketball. 


“We’re thrilled to earn this recognition, especially as we continue to transform the Wells Fargo Center into the most technologically-advanced and fan friendly arena in the world,” said Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Spectacor. “Philadelphia is home to the most passionate fans alive and our entire team is committed to delivering a best-in-class live event experience.”      


The Wells Fargo Center further cemented its reputation as a “must play” destination for A-List touring acts in 2018, hosting 34 of the Top-100 Worldwide Tours.  Among Pollstar’s Top-10 tours making a stop in South Philadelphia were Philadelphia’s hometown girl P!nk, Bruno Mars, who played three sold-out shows at the building over an 11-month span, Justin Timberlake and U2. The variety and broad spectrum of events at the Wells Fargo Center in 2018 is a testament to the building’s promise that it provides “something for everyone.”


“2018 was the busiest year in the history of the Wells Fargo Center, and we are thrilled to receive a No. 4 ranking among all arenas in North America,” said Mike Scanlon, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Wells Fargo Center. “This ranking speaks to the amount of work our staff puts in every day, the great partnerships we have formed with sponsors, promoters and touring shows throughout the industry, and of course, the fans who continue to come out in droves to see their favorite artists and athletes perform.”


Spectra, an industry leader in venue management, oversees the booking of all live entertainment for the Wells Fargo Center.


“Spectra’s booking team works seamlessly with the Wells Fargo Center’s leadership and ticketing operations to bring a variety of shows—from Disney on Ice to Michelle Obama to Bruno Mars—to Greater Philadelphia’s diverse audience,” said John Page, Spectra’s President of Content, Arenas & Stadiums. “The team has helped solidify the reputation of the venue and the prominence of the City as a must-stop destination for major tours and events.”


2018 Worldwide Arena Ticket Sales

  1. Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  2. Forum – Inglewood, CA
  3. WiZink Center – Madrid, SPAIN
  4. The SSE Hyrdo – Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
  5. AccorHotels Arena – Paris, FRANCE
  6. Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
  7. Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
  8. Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  9. Lanxess Arena – Cologne, GERMANY
  10. 3Arena – Dublin, IRELAND