Venue Excellence Award

The Venue Excellence Award recognizes five IAVM venues of any type within the membership which demonstrate excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues. This includes but is not limited to amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, casinos, complexes, convention centers, exhibit halls, fair/festival grounds, performing arts centers, race tracks, stadiums & university venues. IAVM takes pride in its members and member venues that excel in providing their communities with a safe and enjoyable space for all types of events and educational opportunities.

Any venue, publicly or privately owned and operated, that has demonstrated excellence within the last calendar year and has at least one current employee who is an IAVM member in good standing may apply.  Venues are eligible to win multiple VEAs; however, previous winners are eligible to apply in the third year following their most recent award.  As an example, a venue that wins in 2018 may apply for the 2021 award. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Past Recipients


Hawaii Convention Center (AEG facilities)

Honolulu, HI

State Farm Arena

Atlanta, GA

Tacoma Events & Venues

Tacoma, WA

US Bank Stadium (SMG)

Minneapolis, MN

Walton Arts Center

Fayetteville, AR



BOK Center
Tulsa, OK

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando, FL

Intrust Bank Arena
Wichita, KS

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB



Amway Center
Orlando, FL

Cox Business Center
Tulsa, OK

Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

Music City Center
Nashville, TN

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA



Fair Park - Complex
Dallas, Texas

Tobin Center for Performing Arts - Performing Arts
San Antonio, Texas

Los Angeles Convention Center - Convention Centers
Los Angeles, California

Moda Center - Arena
Portland, Oregon

EverBank Field - Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida


Prior to 2016, the Venue Excellence Awards were issued for specific categories. Review previous winners of these awards at the following links.


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