Billboard’s Boxscore has named Red Rocks Amphitheatre as the top-grossing, most attended concert venue of any size, anywhere in the world for 2021 – the venue’s 80th anniversary. Red Rocks has broken its own season record by hosting 233 ticketed paid events including 177 concerts, 20 yoga/fitness programs and 36 movies in the Film on the Rocks series.
The previous record for shows-per-season was 2019’s 168 concerts. A handful of shows took place for audiences of 175 people in 2020 and the 2021 season began under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic with reduced capacities, seating charts promoting social distance, on-site Covid vaccination stations and uncertain fans and tours.
Because of reporting date cutoffs and promoter policy, Billboard is reporting gross ticket revenue of more than $60 million on 134 concerts. Gross reported ticket sales are received by the show promoter – not the venue – and do not account for show expenses such as venue rental, labor, payments to artists or other costs. Eventual revenues to Red Rocks are used to maintain and enhance the venues in the Arts & Venues portfolio, and provide City support for arts and cultural programs.