Apr 26, 2017


The USF Sun Dome, operated by Spectra Venue Management and located on the campus of the University of South Florida, received another distinguished honor in its fifth year of operation following its $35.6 million renovation in 2012. Based upon total gross ticket sales and attendance from December 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2016, the USF Sun Dome once again ranked 4th among all University venues in the nation with a capacity of 10,001-15,000 according to Venues Today Magazine.

The USF Sun Dome has ranked among the Top 5 University venues in the nation for the past five years, moving up from the #5 spot to #4 last year.

Venues Today Inc. is the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners, and suppliers to music, sports, and meetings venues internationally with an average of 1,500-2,000 venues reporting.

This recognition also follows the USF Sun Dome being ranked by Venues Today Magazine this past June as the #2 overall venue in the state of Florida in its capacity size, a ranking the Sun Dome has now received the past four consecutive years.

“We are very proud to have been consistently ranked in Venues Today’s Top 5 University Top Stops in the nation over the last five years,” says Spectra’s Trent Merritt, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the USF Sun Dome. “It is a credit to our Spectra Venue Management staff and our partnership with the University of South Florida and the USF Athletic Department. We look forward to continuing to bring a diverse selection of concerts and shows to the Greater Tampa Bay area.”

In 2016 the USF Sun Dome hosted a variety of concerts with artists that included Carlos Vives, Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Hillsong United, NEEDTOBREATHE, Juvenile, and For King & Country, among others. Other events that contributed to the venue’s #4 ranking include Katt Williams’ “Conspiracy Theory” Tour, Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps, Tony Rock and Cocoa Brown, and George Takei presented by the USF College of Arts and Sciences.

Upcoming events at the USF Sun Dome include the return of Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps, Sommore and Bruce Bruce on March 11th, Casting Crown’s “The Very Next Thing Tour” on March 18th, Charlie Wilson with special guest Fantasia on March 23rd, and Spring Jam with Guy featuring Teddy Riley, Dru Hill, 112 and more on April 21st.

Four other university properties Spectra by Comcast Spectacor operates also made the list, including Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, CFE Arena in Orlando, FL, the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, VA and The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.

All Sun Dome ticketed events are available through charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Sun Dome Box Office. You can also become a fan and follow the USF Sun Dome on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USFSunDomeArena and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/USF_SunDome for special sneak peeks and daily updates. Check out the Sun Dome online at www.SunDomeArena.com.

About Spectra
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, Ticketing & Fan Engagement and Corporate Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

About Comcast Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Spectacor’s three core businesses are the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center Complex, and Spectra, a hosting and entertainment firm specializing in Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, Ticketing & Fan Engagement and Corporate Sponsorships. Learn more at ComcastSpectacor.com.