Tacoma, Wash. Along with the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and Avril Lavigne coming from the Tacoma Dome, there's another: ka-ching.
The Tacoma Dome, the top indoor entertainment venue in the Pacific Northwest by attendance, grossed $11.6 million in concert ticket sales in 2002 through Dec. 20, breaking its previous record of $10.8 million in 2000.
The Dome's share of concert ticket revenue totaled $1.4 million through the end of November, with another $5.1 million from hosting other events such as boat shows and professional wrestling.
"All of us are pleased with the run we have," Mike Combs, Tacoma's director of public assembly facilities, told The News Tribune of Tacoma recently. "We just hope we can maintain that momentum."
Despite the economic slowdown and lower concert attendance across the country, shows ranging from Britney Spears to the Rolling Stones helped boost sales at the dome, which the city of Tacoma owns.
Acts including Guns N' Roses, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, blink-182 and Green Day played at the arena in 2002.