Industry trade publication Pollstar announced the nomination of Ruth Eckerd Hall for Theatre of the Year. Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated along with these prestigious venues:  The Beacon Theatre in New York, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Radio City Music Hall in New York and The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Criteria for the nomination included showcasing superior programming, effective promotion, quality production values and staff, an exemplary experience for fans and artists and consistent box office success.

Nominations for those actively involved with live performance in 2021 were submitted by the Pollstar Awards nominating committee made up of agents, promoters, managers, producers, production professionals, venue representatives, Pollstar Boxoffice reporters and other tour professionals.

“To be nominated again is a tremendous honor for our team, especially in these challenging times. We feel the love from our Tampa Bay community but this is different,” said Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Susan Crockett.  “When our industry peers nominate us as best in the nation, it confirms Ruth Eckerd Hall is a leader in driving the highest standards, from booking to load out.”

The Pollstar Awards recognize and honor the most successful artists, executives, venues, events and companies in the global live entertainment industry. The 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards will be presented February 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. In 2002 and 2008, Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated by Pollstar for Theatre of the Year. In 2020, Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Theatre of the Year. 

In 2020, Pollstar named Ruth Eckerd Hall the #1 venue in Tampa, #4 venue in Florida, #5 venue in the United States and #5 venue in the world of theatre venues with 2,500 seats or less.