Pine Knob named world's best amphitheater, 2 other Detroit venues receive big honors

Pine Knob Crowd at WYCD Hoedown 2022
Photo credit Kyle Beery/WWJ

CLARKSTON (WWJ) – The world’s best amphitheater can be found right here in Metro Detroit.

Pollstar Magazine named Pine Knob Music Theatre the top amphitheater in the entire world in its 2022 Year-End Rankings after reporting $36.9 million in overall gross ticket sales.

The honor caps off what was a big year for the venue, which saw the iconic Pine Knob moniker return to use in the venue’s 50th anniversary year. The name returned after 20 years of being called DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The venue also earned the top honor in 2019, the last full concert season prior to this year, which saw countless big names come through, including Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Pitbull, Backstreet Boys and more.

“It gives us immense pride to have Pine Knob Music Theatre recognized as the number one ranked amphitheater in the world,” said Howard Handler, President of 313 Presents, per a press release. “From the moment we announced the return of Pine Knob Music Theatre… concertgoers and artists showed overwhelming enthusiasm for the return to our roots.”

Pine Knob wasn’t alone in getting recognition in Pollstar’s Year-End Rankings. Downtown Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena and the historic Fox Theatre were ranked in the top 15 in their respective categories.

LCA, home to the Pistons, Red Wings and top-tier concerts, ranked No. 10 in the U.S. for Top 200 Arenas in gross ticket sales with $75.4 million.

The Fox, meanwhile, ranked No. 15 in the country for Top 200 Theatres, with $24.8 million in gross ticket sales.

“This year marked our industry’s return to a full event schedule at our six venues since 2019, and it was great to see people gather and enjoy live entertainment once again,” Handler said. “To have three ranked in the top 15 in their respective categories, it shows Detroit truly is an entertainment mecca and we are extremely grateful for the continued patronage of our guests.”

Pollstar’s 2022 Year-End Rankings covered dates reported by tours and promoters from November 18, 2021 through November 16, 2022.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Kyle Beery/WWJ