U.S. Bank Stadium Nominated for 2016 Pollstar Award for Best New Major Concert Venue

Friday | Nov. 11, 2016

Minneapolis, MN (November 11, 2016) – Pollstar, a world-wide concert industry magazine, announced nominations for the 2016 Pollstar Awards on Friday. U.S. Bank Stadium was included in the nominations for the category of Best New Major Concert Venue. Past winners of Pollstar’s newcomer award include the Forum (2014 – Inglewood, CA), Barclays Center (2012 – Brooklyn, NY), O2 Arena (2007 – London, UK) and the Staples Center (1999 – Los Angeles, CA). U.S. Bank Stadium is one of six venues nominated this year for the Best New Major Concert Venue award.

“We are honored to have U.S. Bank Stadium recognized as a top new major concert venue in the entertainment industry,” says Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. “This facility was designed and built to host a wide-range of events and we look forward to attracting the best talent in the concert circuit to perform in Minnesota for years to come.”

Pollstar Award nominations are chosen by a small, exclusive group of industry professionals in several categories. Venue nominations are accepted in the areas of Arena of the Year, Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue, Best New Major Concert Venue, Facility Executive of the Year, International Venue of the Year, Best Small Outdoor Venue, Nightclub of the Year, and Theater of the Year. This year’s award ceremony will take place on February 2, 2017 at Pollstar Live! Conference in Los Angeles, California.

“Hosting back-to-back stadium shows was a huge accomplishment for U.S. Bank Stadium’s staff and operations crew, welcoming nearly 100,000 guests for the inaugural concert weekend,” says Patrick Talty, General Manager for SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium. “The opportunity to premier this venue with high-caliber artists put U.S. Bank Stadium on the map and set the tone for future events with the biggest acts in live entertainment.”

This prestigious industry award nomination comes after hosting a grand opening concert weekend featuring Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour and one of Metallica’s only 2016 dates in the United States. U.S. Bank Stadium recently announced Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour, set for August 12, 2017 and has more concert announcements on the horizon for the coming year.

Pollstar is a trusted concert industry trade magazine based in Fresno, California and is a member of the Associated Press. Since 1981, this weekly publication has been serving the concert industry by supplying in-depth information to professional concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers and facility executives. More information on Pollstar and the 2016 Pollstar Awards can be found at www.pollstar.com.