August 13, 2008 08:00 ET

StubHub Reveals America's 20 Most Rockin' Cities of 2008

Nation's Largest Ticket Marketplace Ranks Most Active Markets for Summer Concert Tickets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2008) - StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, today announced its 20 Most Rockin' Cities for 2008 based on overall gross ticket sales in each market. Over 90 North American cities/regions populate event listings on StubHub. Once again an exceptional line-up of summer tours sent fans rushing to buy tickets to watch their favorite country stars, rock legends and pop acts. Many shows sold out, some within minutes of going on sale, but a record number of fans continue to use the StubHub marketplace to find access and great values. With so many tickets changing hands, StubHub has compiled its third annual list of America's 20 Most Rockin' Cities. Summer concerts in these cities have been the most active sellers on StubHub with rankings based on total sales for concert events only, occurring between May 15th and September 15th. StubHub has also included the three best selling shows in each city for additional perspective.

For the third year in a row, New York remains America's Most Rockin' City on the strength of some very prominent shows including Billy Joel's sold out "Last Plays at Shea" in July. Boston jumped to second place this year after ranking fourth in 2007 on the strength of Kenny Chesney and Bruce Springsteen's performances at Gillette Stadium.

Richmond, Virginia took the biggest leap in this year's rankings moving up from number 17 in 2007 to number 9 in 2008. The live concert ticket market in the area was bolstered by performances from Jimmy Buffett, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Jonas Brothers and Dave Matthews Band -- the majority of which took place at Nissan Pavilion. Many fans from surrounding areas traveled to Richmond to see these bands since they did not schedule performances in Washington, D.C.

Two newcomers made their debuts in the top 20, Indianapolis came in at number 13 and Cleveland came in at number 20. Both cities hosted concerts to this summer's top acts including Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and the Jonas Brothers.

America's 20 Most Rockin' Cities:

2008 City Rank   (2007 Rank)  Top Selling Shows:

1.  New York          (1)     Billy Joel 7/18, 7/16, Bruce Springsteen 7/31

2.  Boston            (4)     Kenny Chesney 7/26, Bruce Springsteen 8/2,
                              Neil Diamond 8/23

3.  Los Angeles       (2)     Radiohead 8/24, 8/25,
                              Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 6/25

4.  Philadelphia      (5)     Kenny Chesney 7/19, Jimmy Buffett 6/14,
                              Coldplay 7/25

5.  Chicago           (3)     Kenny Chesney 6/21, Coldplay 7/23,
                              Jimmy Buffett 7/26

6.  SFBay Area        (6)     Kenny Chesney 6/8, Coldplay 7/18,
                              The Police 7/14

7.  Hartford         (10)     Dave Matthews Band 6/14, Coldplay 8/2,
                              Billy Joel 5/31

8.  Detroit           (9)     Kenny Chesney 8/2, Jimmy Buffett 6/10,
                              Bon Jovi 7/7

9.  Richmond         (17)     Jimmy Buffett 8/30, Dave Matthews Band 6/28,
                              Jonas Brothers 8/18

10. Dallas            (7)     Radiohead 5/18,
                              Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 8/27,
                              Jonas Brothers 7/9

11. Atlanta          (12)     Jimmy Buffett 6/5, Kenny Chesney 7/13,
                              Eagles 5/17

12. Las Vegas         (8)     Coldplay 7/19, Kenny Chesney 6/6,
                              The Police 5/23

13. Indianapolis    (N/A)     Kenny Chesney 9/13, Jimmy Buffett 7/29,
                              Dave Matthews Band 7/26

14. Atlantic City    (19)     Jimmy Buffett 8/24, American Idols Live 8/2,
                              Killers 8/1

15. Seattle          (16)     Dave Matthews Band 8/30, Radiohead 8/20,
                              Dave Matthews Band 8/31

16. Denver           (13)     Jack Johnson 8/17, Rush 6/25,
                              Jonas Brothers 7/19

17. Houston          (18)     Radiohead 5/17, Kenny Chesney 8/16,
                              Dave Matthews Band 8/15

18. Washington, D.C. (15)     Coldplay 8/3, Eagles 7/26, Pearl Jam 6/22

19. Miami            (11)     Dave Matthews Band 7/12, Pearl Jam 6/11,
                              Dave Matthews Band 7/11

20. Cleveland       (N/A)     Kenny Chesney 5/24, Radiohead 8/4,
                              Jonas Brothers 8/22

*Data based on sales through StubHub as of 8/07/08

"The populations of our 20 Most Rockin' Cities are home to some of the most avid music fans in the country," said Sean Pate, spokesperson for StubHub. "People of all ages came to see Billy Joel's historic 'Last Plays at Shea.' Similarly, legendary artists like Jimmy Buffett and country sensation Kenny Chesney continue to draw huge crowds year in and year out. New pop stars like the Jonas Brothers also brought out the pre-teen set in large numbers."

More Summer Concert Facts (as of 8/11/08)

The most inexpensive concert ticket sold this summer was $2 for a middle section ticket to the Dave Matthews Band concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan on June 9th. The buyer from California purchased a pair for a total cost of over $4.

The most expensive concert ticket sold this summer was $4,000 for a front row seat to the Dave Matthews Band concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on September 10th. The buyer from Connecticut purchased a pair for a total cost of over $8,000.

Top Five Summer Concerts  (ranked by sales dollar volume)

Rank  Band                    Average Selling Ticket Price

  1.  Jonas Brothers          $159
  2.  Billy Joel              $230
  3.  Dave Matthews Band      $140
  4.  Jimmy Buffett           $122
  5.  Bruce Springsteen       $194

Based on Number of Tickets Sold:

Rank  Band                    Average Selling Ticket Price

  1.  Dave Matthews Band      $140
  2.  Jimmy Buffett           $122
  3.  Jonas Brothers          $159
  4.  Billy Joel              $230
  5.  Kenny Chesney           $163

About StubHub

StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company's unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient, and highly reliable environment. All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the company's FanProtect Guarantee. Company partners include the New York Yankees, Chicago Bears and the University of Southern California along with nearly 60 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA complemented with music artists like Madonna and companies such as ESPN and American Express.

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