Miami’s Dolphin Stadium moved into the number one spot once again in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, December 28. The stadium, which had a power score of 3.25 this week, will host the New Year’s Day Orange Bowl as well as the January 8 BCS National Championship Bowl, which claimed the number one spot this week in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events rankings.

The Gershwin Theatre moves up one to the number two slot this week on continued strong sales for its hit musical, Wicked. This week, the Gershwin had a power score of 3.22. The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, remains in our top ten this week, jumping up one to the number three slot. With a power score of 3.18, the historic Pantages will present a number of Broadway-style productions over the coming months, including “Wicked,” Dirty Dancing and Grease. Next, the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston slipped from its leader position last week down to the number four slot. The Garden, power scoring a 2.95, is scheduled to host a variety of popular acts in the coming months, including Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac and the WWE. The venue also is home to the Boston Celtics basketball team and Boston Bruins hockey team, both hitting the top ten in this week’s TicketNews Top Sports Events.

Down three slots to the number five position is Madison Square Garden (MSG), with a power score of 2.63. MSG maintained its top five performance on robust ticket sales for New York Knicks basketball and New York Rangers hockey, as well as a number of productions like the currently playing Cirque Du Soleil Wintuk, and Fleetwood Mac on their Unleashed tour. Dropping one to the number six spot is the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to being home court to the popular Los Angeles Lakers, the Center also will host two concerts by Britney Spears and two dates on the WWE tour in the coming months. The Staples Center power scored a 2.13 this week.

The Toyota Center in Houston, TX, moved up one to the number seven spot this week. Power scoring a 1.71, the Center will see the final few performances of the traveling version of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in early January, as well as Elton John and Billy Joel on their Face 2 Face tour in March and Nickelback in April. The Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago, Ill., debuts in our top ten this week at number eight. The Ford Center will be presenting a number of Broadway-style shows in the coming months, including “Wicked,” Chicago – The Musical and Rent. Due to rounding the figures out two decimal points, the venue also had a power score of 1.71 this week.

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Giants Stadium reappears in the top ten at number nine on strong ticket sales for January’s NFC Divisional Playoffs featuring its own New York Giants. The stadium has a power score of 1.62 this week. Finally, coming in at number ten is the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA. Power scoring a 1.53, the Orpheum is also a host to Broadway-style shows, with Phantom of the Opera finishing out 2008 and “Wicked” starting up in January of 2009.

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 12/28/2008

      Venue Score
1 Dolphin Stadium Tickets 3.25
2 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 3.22
3 Pantages Theatre Tickets 3.18
4 TD Banknorth Garden Tickets 2.95
5 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.63
6 Staples Center Tickets 2.13
7 Toyota Center Tickets 1.71
8 Ford Center for the Performing Arts Tickets 1.71
9 Giants Stadium Tickets 1.62
10 Orpheum Theatre Tickets 1.53
11 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.51
12 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre Tickets 1.47
13 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 1.47
14 Quicken Loans Arena Tickets 1.27
15 WaMu Theater Tickets 1.26
16 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.19
17 Qualcomm Stadium Tickets 1.02
18 United Center Tickets 1.01
19 Verizon Center Tickets 0.97
20 Mohegan Sun Arena Tickets 0.93