Hosted an NHL PreSeason game between Vancouver and Ottawa with sold out attendance over 7,000. Other sold out shows included, Little Big Town, Chris Tomlin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dan + Shay, Casting Crowns, Rock the Rink, Dallas Smith & Dean Brody, For King & Country and The Offspring and Sum 41.
2019 was the first season for our professional basketball team, Fraser Valley Bandits. Fall of 2019 brought 31 events in 50 days welcoming almost 49,000 patrons. 2019 - #1 venue in Western Canada (5,001-10,000 capacity), Pollstar. 2019 - #13 venue in Canada for venues of all size, Pollstar. 2019 - finished the year $218,000 better than budget
Since 2015, the Abbotsford Centre has exceeded its budget threshold by over $1.1 million dollars, including coming in $219,562 under budget in 2019. The operation of the venue has changed a lot without the tenant hockey team and due to these changes, we have shown major savings in our budget. Without the tenant hockey team, we have also greatly increased our events which have provided significant revenue to offset our expenses and keep our budget low.
Spectra Venue Management continues to deliver quality programming to the residents of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. In 2019 we continued to create new opportunities for venue usage and ticket sales. The team is proud to have created memories for 153,845 ticketed guests through 2019, which generated $6,976,833 in ticket sales. The following are some highlights from the past twelve months
The Abbotsford Centre was abuzz in the fall, hosting 31 event days in a 50-day stretch, from September 14th to November 3rd. The Fraser Valley Taco Festival kicked things off, followed by Rock the Rink rehearsals, Touch A Truck, Casting Crowns, Rock the Rink, Cheech & Chong, Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Showcase, Shinedown and Papa Roach, PBR, UFV Men’s Volleyball Fundraiser, Rascal Flatts and more. The venue saw over 48,000 patrons in total attend events during this time, with four sell-out crowds - the Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators preseason game, Dallas Smith & Dean Brody, The Wiggles and for King & Country. The Abbotsford Centre also announced Old Dominion, Mini Pop Kids, TobyMac, Johnny Reid, Jeff Dunham, Alice Cooper and Celtic Illusion during this time, setting the venue up for a busy start to 2020.
Professional basketball returned to BC on May 9, 2019, when the Fraser Valley Bandits of the CEBL kicked off their inaugural season at the Abbotsford Centre as one of six teams in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). The home opener saw a total 3,800 attendees with an average attendance of 2,000 fans per game thereafter.
The Abbotsford Centre in partnership with The Fraser Valley Bandits & City of Abbotsford, was host to an NBA Finals Viewing Party where the Toronto Raptors faced off against the Golden State Warriors for Game 5. This unique and free community event drew in a crowd of approximately 1,500 fans who were able to watch the game together on the jumbotron. The Raptors had the opportunity to win the series, but ended up falling to the Warriors 105- 106, forcing a game 6. Although this was a free event, patrons were still able to purchase food & beverage items from the concession stands, resulting in $7,800 in sales.
Pollstar is a trade publication that covers the concert and event industry. They supply information to professional concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers, facility executives and other entities involved in the live entertainment business. Based on the number of tickets sales in 2019, Pollstar placed the Abbotsford Centre as the #13 venue in Canada and #158 in the world with 91,169* tickets sold.