According to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 12, Madison Square Garden (MSG) stays on top for the fifth week in a row. Power scoring an impressive 4.13 this week, MSG continues to enjoy robust ticket sales for shows by artists like AC/DC and Tina Turner.

Shooting into second place this week with a power score of 3.44 is Tropicana Field, home to baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. The stadium is scheduled to host as many as four ALCS games between the American League East champs and the division’s number two team, the Boston Red Sox. Dropping one slot to third place this week is the ranking’s top Broadway venue, the Gershwin Theatre. Still riding high on the popularity of its blockbuster musical, Wicked, the Gershwin remains a major contender among our top three venues. The theater had a power score of 2.82 this week.

Holding steady in the number four position for two weeks in a row is Texas Stadium, football’s home to fan favorites, the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium power scores a 2.44 this week. Following close on its heels is the second football venue in this week’s rankings, Giants Stadium. Dropping two places this week to the number five position, the home field of the New York Giants and New York Jets comes in with a power score of 2.21.

Ushering in the holiday season is the first appearance of Radio City Music Hall in our venues rankings. The New York City theater’s Christmas Spectacular draws crowds from across the country each year, and this remarkable popularity moves the theater into sixth place this week with a power score of 1.87. Next at number seven with a power score of 1.83 is the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. The Center is host to a variety of popular artists with top ticket sales, including Tina Turner, the Eagles and Coldplay, as well as holiday favorites, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and a traveling company of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular.

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Boston’s Fenway Park moves back into the top ten this week with the Red Sox still in the playoff hunt. The Stadium, in at number eight with a power score of 1.61, will host three ALCS games. Dropping down two to the number nine position this week is the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. With a power score of 1.60 this week, the Center maintains its top ten ranking again this week on strong ticket sales for top-selling artists like Madonna and Metallica, as well as two scheduled shows for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Down from the number five slot last week, the Cotton Bowl Stadium arrives in the number ten position this week. Home to college football’s Cotton Bowl, the stadium carries a power score this week of 1.58.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales for venues from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given venue’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales for a venue, and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare venues within a particular category.

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Top Venues

Week Ending 10/12/2008
      Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 4.13
2 Tropicana Field Tickets 3.44
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.82
4 Texas Stadium Tickets 2.44
5 Giants Stadium Tickets 2.21
6 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.87
7 Toyota Center Tickets 1.83
8 Fenway Park Tickets 1.61
9 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.60
10 Cotton Bowl Stadium Tickets 1.58
11 Citizens Bank Park Tickets 1.48
12 TD Banknorth Garden Tickets 1.38
13 Dodger Stadium Tickets 1.37
14 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre, NY Tickets 1.33
15 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.13
16 Heinz Field Tickets 1.07
17 FedEx Field Tickets 1.06
18 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 0.99
19 American Airlines Center Tickets 0.99
20 Pepsi Center Tickets 0.97