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Tuesday, July 16 —Two international publications have ranked the Wharton Center for Performing Arts as one of the best theaters around the globe for ticket sales.
Venues Today magazine ranked the theater as the 10th best venue internationally for its size of 2,001 to 5,000 seats. The ranking was based on mid-year gross figures from last November through May. A hefty push to the 10th spot was largely due to the “HAMILTON” gross during the week of May 21-26, which was $2,591,188.
Pollstar Magazine’s mid-year issue ranked Wharton Center 51st in the top 200 theater venues in the world, based on ticket sales.
Upon the good news, the Wharton stated the following:
“We are thrilled to be ranked by both magazines in the top ten venues of our size,” said Mike Brand, Wharton Center’s executive director. “Both of these lists included venues from all over the world, and we are proud to be recognized. We rank even higher than some larger markets. The rankings send a message to producers and promoters that Michigan State University’s Wharton Center is the place to be and we continually prove that each year! Wharton Center is a major contributor to the local economy. When you add up the numbers, the Center has a huge impact in the mid-Michigan region, including patron visits to restaurants and hotels, as well as the ripple effect of our own expenditures and local employment.”