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Jan 22, 2010

Target Center Ranked Among World’s Best Arenas in 2009

Pollstar, one of the entertainment industry’s leading trade publications, just released its 2009 year-end rankings and Target Center, owned by the City of Minneapolis and managed by AEG Facilities, finished #1 in the Twin Cities, #14 in the United States and #30 worldwide based on the number of event tickets sold in 2009.

“I am extremely proud of this year-end ranking! In 2008, we ranked #16 nationally and this year we moved up to #14. 2009 was an extraordinary year of events and I want to thank our venue staff, management team, promoters and city partners for their dedication and hard work in reaching this goal” said Steve Mattson, General Manager, Target Center. “Additionally, we couldn’t have achieved this ranking without the support of the fans who bought tickets to the events.”

Target Center hosted 15 of the top 50 North American tours of the year including Jonas Brothers, Metallica, Britney Spears, Nickelback, Miley Cyrus, Lil’ Wayne, American Idols Live, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift. Concert promoters bringing these shows to the arena included AEG Live, Jam Productions and Live Nation.

Additionally, Target Center was also recognized in 2009 by Venue’s Today, another leading industry publication, with the Steward of Sustainability award for the successful completion of Target Center’s green roof project. The arena’s green roof is the fifth largest extensive green roof in the U.S. and the largest in Minnesota. It is also the first green roof installed on an arena in North America.

Other AEG affiliated facilities which Pollstar ranked in the top 50 arenas worldwide in 2009 include: O2 Arena (London) - #1, Color Line Arena (Hamburg) - #11, Sprint Center (Kansas City) - #16, Staples Center (Los Angeles) - #25, O2 World (Berlin) - #37, Prudential Center (Newark) - #39 AT&T Center (San Antonio) - #42, AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami) - #49.
For more information regarding Target Center’s green roof project and the arena’s 2010 confirmed event calendar, visit www.targetcenter.com
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About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across four continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), Color Line Arena (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.