Windsor Star

Theatre ranked among the best.

Colosseum attendance cracks top 50

- TED SHAW tshaw@windsorsta­r.com

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor is among the top venues of its size in the world, according to Pollstar Magazine, the concert industry trade publicatio­n.

The Colosseum, which opened in June 2008, ranked 21st out of 100 similar size theatres in terms of total atten- dance in a nine-month period ending Oct. 1.

“This is a significan­t achievemen­t,” said Tim Trombley, Caesars’ director of entertainm­ent.

Pollstar’s attendance figures include all retail tickethold­ers and invited guests.

Total attendance at the Colosseum in the first nine months of 2010 was 145,228, including four sellouts — Russell Peters, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and LL Cool J.

The 5,000-seat Colosseum was the only Canadian venue of its size to crack the top 50, beating out the likes of Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Place des Arts.

It also topped the attendance at such internatio­nal venues as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Trombley is the son of Rosalie Trombley, legendary music director at the Big-8 (CKLWAM) in the 1970s.

He took over the Caesars Windsor job earlier this year after several years as artist-and-repertory, A&R, head at EMI Music Canada.

He said his contacts within the music industry have helped in luring some of the big names to Windsor.

“ It never hurts,” he said. “This is a business of relationsh­ips.”

Billy Joel was the opening night attraction in June 2008. Other top names to appear there include Jay Leno, Celine Dion and Chris Rock.

Recently, the Colosseum announced a varied entertainm­ent package through the new year which features the likes of country stars Montgomery Gentry, Great Big Sea, Mannheim Steamrolle­r, Gloria Gaynor and Sarah McLachlan.

Detroit’s Fox Theatre was the only other regional venue with a higher attendance than Windsor. It ranked No. 8.

The top-ranked venue was Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional with 715,059 attendance.

The Colosseum is the largest venue of its kind among the nearly 40 at Harrah’s Entertainm­ent properties around the world.

Its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems continue to attract top names in the entertainm­ent business.

Anika Gaskins, vice-president of marketing at Caesars Windsor, and a Las Vegas native, said the aim is to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes.

“When people think of Caesars Windsor, we want them to think of headline entertainm­ent.... Caesars is synonymous with excitement, and that’s how we want our customers to feel.”

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