Qudos Bank Arena welcomed over 1,066,607 ticketed patrons in 2018, the largest ticketed crowd to attend the Arena for live entertainment since opening just over 19 years ago.

2018 proved yet again why Qudos Bank Arena has continued to be ranked in the Top 10 Arenas in the world; and was recently voted ‘The Number One Venue in Australasia’ by Pollstar. Qudos Bank Arena is the largest indoor live entertainment Arena in Australasia with a capacity of up to 21,389 patrons; and with another year of exciting and diverse artists and live entertainment set to appear at Qudos Bank Arena in 2019, it is envisaged that more attendance records will be broken before the year is out.

To celebrate achieving in excess of 1million ticketed patrons, the lucky 1,000,000th patron to be scanned in through Qudos Bank Arena’s turnstiles won our ‘Golden Ticket’ - providing the winner with 2 tickets to attend every ticketed event hosted at Qudos Bank Arena in 2019. The figure, which does not include guests welcomed for Business Events throughout the year - such as functions, conferences, seminars and exhibitions – is a phenomenal achievement and one of a number of records broken last year worth celebrating!

The “#1millionthQBA Golden Ticket” winner was Kayla from Pymble, who arrived at Qudos Bank Arena to attend Shania Twain’s Now – Tour 2018 with her mother and 2 sisters. “I could not have been more shocked – I was telling one of my sisters in the car on the way here, that I have never won anything! I’m just so excited I could cry!” Kayla stated when being awarded the prize. 

Steve Hevern, General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena said “Qudos Bank Arena hosted over 110 ticketed shows throughout 2018, and with that level of event activity likely to continue in 2019, we couldn’t be happier for Kayla who will get to enjoy even more great events over the next 12 months.  2018 was a special year, and the huge accomplishments is credit to the entire team that work so hard every day to provide our clients, patrons and guests with outstanding customer service that keeps them coming back”.

The exciting news of breaking our attendance record and welcoming 1,066,607 ticketed patrons, follows on from other amazing record breaking events at Qudos Bank Arena in 2018:
  • P!NK – Beautiful Trauma World Tour (9 shows) – broke three Arena records for ‘Total Ticket Sales for any Artist”;  “Total Ticket Sales for a Female Solo Artist’ and “Longest run of shows ever for a solo artist at the Arena”.
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic World Tour (5 shows) - broke the Arena record for ‘Total Ticket Sales for a Male Solo Artist’.
  • Kevin Hart – The Irresponsible Tour (2 shows) – broke Qudos Bank Arena’s record for ‘Total Ticket Sales for a Comedy Act’
Some of the other exciting and captivating shows that called Qudos Bank Arena home in 2018 included; Cher, Panic! At the Disco, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Céline Dion, Kendrick Lamar, Niall Horan, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Harry Styles, 21 Pilots, Lana Del Ray, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Fall Out Boy, Queen + Adam Lambert, Roger Waters, The Wiggles, Paramore, Russell Peters, Carl Barron, Hacken Lee x Joey Yung, Tony Robbins, Mayday, Jacky Cheung, Supremacy Australia, Invictus Games 2018, Disney on Ice, CrossFit Games 2018, Harlem Globetrotters, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Aus-X Open, Intel Extreme Masters, Professional Bull Riders Wold Cup, Ice Hockey Classics (USA V Canada), School Spectacular 2018, Grease - The Arena Experience.

Qudos Bank Arena is also home to the Sydney Kings’ NBL team, who with a star studded roster including NBA Superstar Andrew Bogut, and previous NBL MVP’s in Jerome Randle and Kevin Lisch are set to play Finals for the first time at Qudos Bank Arena in 2019.
About Qudos Bank Area

Qudos Bank Arena is managed by AEG Ogden, part of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the world’s largest entertainment groups. Managing more than 120 of the world’s premier venues and playing host to the world’s greatest performers, AEG’s absolute priority is to exceed the fans’ expectations.

Qudos Bank Arena, recently ranked number one for the highest record selling venue in Australasia was originally built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and has now established itself as one of Australia’s major concert venues. This colossal Arena has played host to a number of international superstars including P!NK, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Cher, Bruno Mars, Kevin Hart, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Other events include family shows such as Disney on Ice, The Wiggles and indoor sport, such as Fast4 Tennis, International Netball and AUS-X Open Motocross. Qudos Bank Arena is also home to the Sydney Kings.

The venue also includes 52 corporate suites which have established the benchmark for corporate entertaining at comparable venues in Australia. Qudos Bank Arena is also one of the preferred locations for conferences, gala dinners and product launches in Sydney Olympic Park. The multiple venue spaces that include a glazed Grand Foyer, a spectacular Grand Ballroom and a wide variety of other spaces capable of numerous configurations from 20 to over 21,000 patrons for all event requirements.
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About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading Sports, Live Entertainment and Venue Management Company.
Throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, AEG Ogden manages indoor entertainment arenas including Qudos Bank Arena, Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, RAC Arena in Perth, and Dubai Arena (opening April 2019); convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oma, and ICC Sydney; and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. AEG Ogden is also progressing the new Brisbane Live arena and entertainment precinct for Brisbane.
AEG owns, operates or manages over 150 iconic venues across five continents, including a number of major arenas which are home to NBA, WNBA and NCAA teams. It also manages privately owned shareholdings in some 12 major sports franchises internationally including the LA Lakers (NBA), LA Kings (NHL) and LA Galaxy (MLS).
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