Vector Arena ranked among world's best

21:38, Feb 17 2009
TOP SPOT: Auckland's Vector Arena has been named on a shortlist attempting to find the world's best concert venue.

It's not even a year old, yet Auckland's Vector Arena has made a shortlist naming the world's best concert venues.

Vector Arena is up against last year's winner, London's Wembley Arena, and five other major venues in the CIC Pollstar Awards.

Vector Arena General Manager Guy Ngata said the nomination was a "huge honour".

"It's a tribute to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes," he said.

“To be nominated alongside such established venues, when we have only been open for eight months, is testament to the great acts and great shows which have performed here,” he adds.

“And to be the only venue in the southern hemisphere to be nominated is fantastic.”


Vector Arena has played host to some of the world's biggest musical attractions, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani and Snow Patrol all performing since it opened in March.

My Chemical Romance, Kings Of Leon, Chemical Brothers and Foo Fighters are all scheduled to perform there in the next six months.

Vector's sound has been criticised, but these concerns seem to have abated since drop clothes were placed around the venue to stop echoing problems.

The winner will be announced on February 7 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The shortlist for Pollstar's International Arena of the Year:

Arena Monterrey (Monterrey, MX)
Color Line Arena (Hamburg, Germany)
Manchester Evening News Arena (Manchester, UK)
O2 Arena (London, UK)
Odyssey Arena (Belfast, UK)
Vector Arena (Aukland, New Zealand)
Wembley Arena (London, UK)

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