Bruno Mars & Cardi B Set Single-Night Record at Atlanta Arena Over Super Bowl Weekend

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Cardi B performs onstage during Day 3 of Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena on Feb. 2, 2019 in Atlanta. 

Super Bowl LIII (Jan. 31) championed the New England Patriots during the game and Maroon 5 at halftime. But during the weekend leading up to the main event, Atlanta sported a string of buzzy events at State Farm Arena.  

On Thursday, Jan. 31, hometown rapper Ludacris sold out the arena at 11,149 tickets, grossing $1.3 million, according to new reports to Billboard Boxscore. The following night, Aerosmith and Post Malone teamed up to sell out at 12,894 tickets and gross $3.6 million, enough to hit the top five of Billboard's Boxscore chart. The weekend reached fever pitch on Saturday, Feb. 2, when Bruno Mars and Cardi B sold out the arena at 14,152 tickets and $6.5 million, reaching No. 2 on the Boxscore chart.  

  

Not only did Mars and Cardi B beat out the competition during Super Bowl weekend, they set a record for the 20-year-old arena. Their $6.473 million gross is now the highest single-night gross in the history of State Farm Arena (previously Philips Arena). The only engagement at the same venue to outperform the pair is Garth Brooks’ string of seven shows from Sept. 19-27, 2014, pulling in $6.634 million. See below for the top 10 engagements of all time at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, including two of this month’s events.  

Artist – Gross (Number of Shows; Dates)  

Garth Brooks - $6.634 million (seven shows; Sept. 19-27, 2014)

Bruno Mars and Cardi B - $6.473 million (one; Feb. 2, 2019)

Drake - $5.755 million (three; Nov. 16-18, 2018)

Eagles - $3.859 million (two; Oct. 20-21, 2017)

Barbara Streisand - $3.856 million (one; Nov. 2, 2006)

Aerosmith and Post Malone - $3.624 million (one; Feb. 1, 2019)

Madonna - $3.553 million (two; Aug. 19-20, 2001)

U2 - $3.501 million (two; Nov. 18-19, 2005)

Paul McCartney - $3.477 million (two; May 12-13, 2002)

Madonna - $3.451 million (two; July 24-25, 2004)

Both co-headlining pairings were rare opportunities to see artists across genres collaborate, though each made their fair share of sense. Aerosmith and Post Malone had previously shared the stage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, performing a medley of hits including Post’s “Rockstar” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” Mars and Cardi B duetted on 2018’s “Finesse (Remix)” before releasing the 2019 follow-up single “Please Me.” Cardi B was scheduled to support Mars’ 24K Magic Tour last year but had to cancel due to her pregnancy.

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