The AEG Ogden managed Allphones Arena in Sydney has been nominated as a finalist in the Top Arena category of the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards.
Announcing this today, Allphones Arena General Manager, Guy Ngata said the nomination was significant as it positioned the Arena alongside iconic international venues Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London which were the other arenas nominated.
Mr. Ngata said in the past 12 months, Allphones Arena has experienced the busiest and most star-studded event calendar of its 14 year history.
“The venue has played host to a plethora of superstar acts including Rihanna, One Direction, Beyoncé, Ricky Martin, Justin Bieber, Muse, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Queen + Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake and Robbie Williams.
“Being nominated for the prestigious Billboard Touring Award in the category of Top Arena is testament to the outstanding promoters and hirers here in Australia who keep booking our venue.
“It is also due to the hard work and efforts of the dedicated Allphones Arena team of whom I am very proud and AEG Ogden’s national and international industry networks.
“The 2013/14 year has been our busiest since opening in 1999 with some remarkable headliners paving the way for such a successful year, “Mr. Ngata said.
AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, lauded the Arena's nomination.
“We are delighted to have Allphones Arena nominated for this very significant award in such illustrious company as London's O2. The venue had another magnificent year and this nomination underpins its position as one of the world’s most successful and notable arenas. As the flagship arena in the AEG Ogden family of venues, we are very proud of this achievement”, Mr Lister said.
The 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will be presented at the Edison Ballroom, New York on 20 November, where one venue will be crowned Top Arena of the Year. All awards are judged on the period from 1 October, 2013 to 30 September, 2014.
For a full list of finalists visit Billboard Touring Awards