According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, February 1, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL decisively wins the number one spot for the second week in a row, ending the week with an impressive power score of 15.81. On February 1, the stadium was host to Super Bowl XLIII, where the Pittsburgh Steelers upended the Arizona Cardinals in exciting fashion. Also bolstering the stadium’s performance this week is an upcoming date on the Monster Jam Trucks tour, very big on kids’ wish lists this season. Madison Square Garden (MSG) once again follows Raymond James Stadium, holding at number two this week with a power score of 3.07. The venue is host to a number of top-selling artists this season, including Fleetwood Mac, The Dead, and the Dave Matthews Band. MSG is also home to the popular New York Knicks, a team which shows up week after week in the top ten of TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings.

The second concert venue on this week’s list, TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA, comes in at number three, power scoring a 2.00. Up two from last week’s number five, the Garden is home to both the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, two teams who often land in the top ten of TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings. The Garden also will see a number of dates by popular artists in the coming months, hosting Fleetwood Mac, Britney Spears and the WWE tour in March and Bruce Springsteen on the U.S. leg of his new tour in April.

Holding steady at number four this week is the Gershwin Theatre. Barely edged out for third with a power score of 1.99, the Gershwin enjoys strong sales week after week for its hit musical Wicked. Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX drops two to the number five slot this week. The Stadium’s roster of upcoming shows, such as the Monster Jam Trucks and WWE tours, keep this venue a top ten finisher. The Stadium power scores a 1.93 this week.

The Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco leads the second half of this week’s top ten venues. In at number six with a power score of 1.78, the theater offers West Coasters a taste of Broadway, currently hosting a production of the popular musical “Wicked”. Yet another concert venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, makes this week’s list, now up one to number seven. With a power score of 1.74, the MGM will play host to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton bout on May 2, an event that owns the number four slot in this week’s TicketNews Top Sports Events rankings. The venue also will see dates on a number of popular tours in the coming weeks, including the Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears and Fleetwood Mac.

Down one this week to number eight, Fenway Park continues to benefit from fans’ dreams of spring, with ticket sales for the new season of Boston Red Sox baseball remaining brisk. The ballpark has a power score of 1.26 his week. Holding on to its number nine position of last week the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA, carries a power score of 1.20. The center will see dates on the tours of artists Fleetwood Mac and Nickelback, as well as a stop on the WWE tour, in the coming months. Finally, in at number ten this week is a return visitor, the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. With a power score of 1.16, the Toyota Center has a star-studded line up of talent in the coming months, including performances by Elton John and Billy Joel on their Face 2 Face tour, Bruce Springsteen, Nickelback and Il Divo.

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.

Top Venues

Week Ending 02/01/2009

      Venue Score
1 Raymond James Stadium Tickets 15.81
2 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.07
3 TD Banknorth Garden Tickets 2.00
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.99
5 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.93
6 Orpheum Theatre Tickets 1.78
7 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.74
8 Fenway Park Tickets 1.26
9 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.20
10 Toyota Center Tickets 1.16
11 St Pete Times Forum Tickets 1.15
12 Staples Center Tickets 1.07
13 AT&T Center Tickets 1.06
14 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre Tickets 1.02
15 Susquehanna Bank Center Tickets 0.98
16 Pepsi Center Tickets 0.96
17 Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace Tickets 0.91
18 Alpine Valley Music Theatre Tickets 0.87
19 US Airways Center Tickets 0.86
20 Pantages Theatre Tickets 0.84