Yum Center: Nation’s Top Arena?



I still remember the day the Yum! Center was announced. I went on the tour before it opened. I still have pictures somewhere of it while it was still under construction. The hopes were: An assist in recruiting top 10 classes and The National Championship will return to the city of Louisville. These things have come to fruition and its been almost 6 years since it opened. Is it one of the nation’s top arenas? it is on it’s way. Is it great for the city? Most people would assume the Yum was not if they went by what they heard on TV. Not true.

The Louisville Arena Authority, which oversees the finances and operations of the Yum Center, announced Monday that the Yum Center notched a record profit of nearly $1.2 million in February, powered by blockbuster concerts featuring country music artists Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton and a huge show featuring rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Actor and comedian Martin Lawrence also held a show in February.

That success has helped vault The Yum Center to eighth best arena in the country and 22nd worldwide based on ticket sales in the first quarter of 2016, according to a ranking released earlier this year by Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the concert industry.

The Yum is trending upwards. Who knows how high it will reach. The one thing we do know is that it is a great place to watch events and a great place for our UofL Cardinals to call home. To read the article from business first in its entirety, click here.

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