New York Proud: Hometown Crowds Represent In Anthony’s Boxoffice History

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Marc Anthony And Pitbull perform together at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2013, one of Anthony’s many highlights in The Big Apple.

The Boxoffice history from Marc Anthony’s multiple-decade career stretches back to 1995 with his first solo concert recorded in the Pollstar archives, a performance at longtime Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue that has a capacity of about 1,500. But venue seating capacities quickly grew for the award-winning Latin pop star in the years following and so did the attendance figures.

Not surprisingly, fans in his hometown of New York City produced his highest attendance on record for a single headlining arena performance. The ticket count was an impressive 19,020 for a show on Feb. 6, 2016 at Madison Square Garden with gross revenue from the sold-out concert topping $2.4 million.
The archives show that numerous markets have hosted Anthony for multiple performances throughout the years, but none more than New York where there have been 54 of his concerts reported from venues located in the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
Madison Square Garden was the location for 20 of those performances beginning with his first headlining stint at the arena in 1996. Occurring on Aug. 31 of that year, he played for 13,575 fans, grossing $512,585 (valued at about $880,000 today). Then, jumping ahead 24 years, his most recent performance occurred just last year prior to the shutdown on Feb. 13. His sold-out concert that night moved 12,824 tickets for a $1.6 million take. Most of his engagements at the Manhattan arena were single performances, but twice he played for two consecutive nights – the first in 2000 with shows on Feb. 9 and 10. The ticket count was 27,984 for those shows with a gross of $1.7 million, or about $2.7 million in today’s dollars. Then on Oct. 7-8, 2007, he co-headlined a two-show run with then-wife Jennifer Lopez and drew 25,842 fans over both nights for a sales total topping $3 million (or $4 million today).
Aside from Madison Square Garden, the New York-area venue with the highest multiple-show gross for Anthony is the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. where he reached $10.4 million in ticket revenue from 98,317 sold seats at seven concerts. The largest crowd at the arena numbered 16,912 for a performance on Valentine’s Day in 2015 during his “Cambio de Piel” tour. The show also featured Tito “El Bambino” as the opening act.
In Brooklyn, the Barclays Center has five headlining performances in the archives including a sold-out show on Feb. 15, 2014 with a ticket count of 16,964, his highest attendance total reported at the arena. The $1.7 million gross is also his best box office result there.
Other arena shows include four performances between 2013 and 2019 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. with a 43,074 sold-ticket total as well as two events at the now-defunct Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., with 22,278 sold seats. His second Izod appearance was part of the 2012 “Gigantes” tour that also featured Marco Antonio Solís and Chayanne.
Two outdoor amphitheaters in the New York market also hosted Anthony in past years. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island hosted the first of five concerts there in 2000 with the most recent show occurring in 2009. Also, PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., welcomed the artist for concerts in 2000 and 2002.
Finally, Hammerstein Ballroom has one 1999 show in the archives, while The Theater at Madison Square Garden was the site for an October 2003 event dubbed “An Intimate Evening with KTU” featuring Anthony, Ricky Martin and Donna Summer. A single show at the now-shuttered Roseland Ballroom in 1999 is also in the archives along with a five-night run at Radio City Music Hall in 2016 that grossed $4.3 million from 28,425 tickets.
He had previously played Radio City in October 2001 as part of the “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon” benefit concert with 5,708 in attendance. The performance included a host of celebrity appearances as well as musical performances by Nelly Furtado and Dave Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Sean Lennon, Dave Matthews and many more. 

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