Tucson’s Best Casino Awarded Venue of the Year for AVA Amphitheater

Monday, October 5

Oct. 5, 2015 – Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater won top prize for Casino Arena/ Amphitheater of the Year by the Casino Entertainment Awards on Sept. 30 at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.

“Hard work, dedication, and commitment to entertainment programming helped secure this award for AVA Amphitheater,” said Kimberly Van Amburg CEO of Casino Del Sol. “Building a stellar experience is the reason we see hundreds of thousands of happy concert goers and guests each year. That will always remain our priority.”

Established three years ago and sponsored by AEG Live, The Casino Entertainment Awards held at G2E are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. They were held this year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. During the first two years of this award, prestigious gaming venues such as Mohegan Sun in Conn. and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have been honored with this recognition. Hundreds of nominations were received, with AVA Amphitheater scoring the top prize as Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year. The panel of judges, which includes industry professionals, voted on programming, reviews, ticket sales, and customer service. AVA outscored the competition in all aspects of the voting criteria.

AVA at Casino Del Sol Resort has been entertaining Tucsonans for 14 years. From world-renowned acts like Alan Jackson, who played the very first and sold-out show at AVA, to other legendary acts over the years including Kid Rock, Van Halen, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Ricky Martin, Santana, Luis Miguel, and many more, the goal at AVA has always been to bring the best and brightest to its award-winning stage in Tucson.

“When we built AVA we wanted to create an experience that would stay with its visitors long after the show was over,” said Peter Yucupicio, chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. “This award is very special to us because it signifies that we have accomplished that goal. We have continued to gain national recognition for consistently exceeding guests’ expectations, and will always invest in quality acts that we are proud to host. It is a very special award for our people and a credit to the team that has worked tirelessly to always put on a good show.”