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The Pavilion Ranked No. 4 Outdoor Amphitheater in the World for 2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion recently ranked fourth in the top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold in 2021, according to Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication. The Pavilion’s ticket sales totaled 256,807 for concerts between November 19, 2020 and November 17, 2021, which also places the venue second in the world in terms of gross sales for the year.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has ranked fourth in the top 100 amphitheaters in the world according to Pollstar magazine.

Despite being shuttered since March 2020, The Pavilion was very fortunate to maintain full-time staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge in solid financial shape. As a result, the venue has been able to continue its mission work, remain largely open and – perhaps most importantly – present a diverse and star-studded season.

“This is a testament to the venue’s commitment to presenting arts and entertainment as well as the community’s ongoing support of The Pavilion,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “We are truly excited to be back hosting live events alongside our partner Live Nation and thank all the loyal fans for following health and safety guidelines to make this happen. We are looking forward to an even better season in 2022.”




The Pollstar report is reflective of this season’s world-class entertainment including Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum, Jonas Brothers, Pitbull with Iggy Izaela, Brooks and Dunn, Maroon 5, Kings of Leon, Slipknot and many more. In addition to its lineup of contemporary entertainment, The Pavilion presented a successful performing arts season, with performances by the Houston Symphony and The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, in addition to several educational outreach programs.

Other venues recognized on Pollstar magazine’s list include Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO at No. 1, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN at No. 2, DE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, MI and The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Other Texas venues on the list include Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas at No. 10, Toyota Music Factory in Irving at No. 33, Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels at No. 37 and Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin at No. 46.




Pollstar is the only trade publication dedicated to exclusively covering live events worldwide that supplies in-depth information to event professionals including artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, facility executives and production companies. The publication releases rankings on a quarterly basis.

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Opened in 1990, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Pavilion is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.