Consol Energy Center wins award
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The Consol Energy Center was named the nation's Best New Major Concert Venue for 2010 on Saturday at the 22nd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Los Angeles.
"I was very happy that our team was able to bring this home," says Jay Roberts, general manager of CONSOL Energy Center. "The coolest thing is, there was a great buzz about our building. The word is out that it's a good place to play. Up until this year, all I ever heard out there was, 'When are you gonna get a new building?' "
Along with being the new home to the Penguins, Consol has played host to the likes of Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Rush and the Eagles since opening in August. It also welcomed Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour, which was named Major Tour of the Year and Most Creative Stage Production.
"The fact that we've been selling a lot of tickets for these shows helps," says Mr. Roberts. "If we weren't selling, the promoters wouldn't vote for us."
The nominations were made by a cross section of more than 150 industry professionals and voting was done online by subscribers of Pollstar, the industry's leading trade publication.
Consol's competition in the major venue category were the 1STBank Center, near Denver; Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.; and Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn.
First Published February 9, 2011 12:00 am