Manchester Arena GM makes Billboard top bosses list

Posted on 03 Nov 2016

Billboard magazine have revealed their list of Top Arena Managers - a ranking of the top 20 venue execs driving the $20 billion global concert industry - which includes James Allen, General Manager for SMG Europe’s flagship venue Manchester Arena.

The arena executives were chosen for their leadership of the venues that dominate Boxscore rankings in two categories: buildings with a capacity of 15,001 or more, and those with a capacity of 10,001 to 15,000. Allen and Manchester Arena ranked fourth in the 15,001 or more category,

The rankings are based on ticket grosses reports to Boxscore in the first eight months of the chart year (10 November 2015 through 18 July 2016).

“It’s fantastic to see James and the team from Manchester Arena delivering another impressive performance against a backdrop of a year with considerable content out in stadiums and festivals,” said John Sharkey, SMG Executive Vice President, European Operations. “It once again shows the strength of Manchester as a market and the Arena as a key asset for the UK live touring industry.”