Giants Stadium bolted to the top of the charts in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 7. Power scoring a 4.06, the Stadium can thank monster sales on Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tickets for its meteoric rise. Springsteen, dominating all rivals in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events this week, has a five-day engagement at the Stadium running from late September to early October. U2, hitting at number eight in Top Concerts this week, also helps the venue with sales for its two night gig there in September. Giants Stadium is of course host to the very popular New York Giants and New York Jets, with preseason play for both teams starting in August.
The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, maintained its momentum this week, moving up a big six spots to the number two position. It’s hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers, are up 2-0 in the NBA finals against the Orlando Magic in a series which hit at numbers one (Magic) and two (Lakers) in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. Game three of the finals will be played tonight in Orlando’s Amway Arena, and the Staples Center will host games six and seven, if necessary. In concerts, the Staples Center will have a date on the American Idols Live tour (hitting at number four in Top Concerts) in July and has tween faves the Jonas Brothers (at number five) booked for three dates in August. The Staples Center power scored a 3.47 this week.
Home to the Orlando Magic, the Amway Arena dropped two to the number three spot this week, power scoring a 3.33. The Magic hope to gain some ground on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight when the Amway Arena hosts game three of the series. Next up is the Gershwin Theatre in New York City, NY, down one this week to the number four spot. The Gershwin continues to enjoy robust ticket sales for its long-running hit musical Wicked, which took top honors once again this week in TicketNews’s Top Broadway Events, Top Theater Events and Top Combined Events rankings. The Gershwin power scored a 2.84 this week.
The new Yankee Stadium moved up one to finish at number five on strong ticket sales for the hometown team, the New York Yankees. Ticket sales for the team also proved strong enough to move the Yankees up one in Top Sports Events, taking them to the number three spot. The new Yankee Stadium power scores a 2.59 this week.
The Nikon at Jones Beach theater in Wantagh, NY stayed strong this week in the top ten, moving up one to the number six slot. This outdoor venue has booked a number of popular acts this summer, including Kenny Chesney (at number nine in Top Concerts) in June, the Dave Matthews Band (at number two) for two dates in July, and Blink 182 with Weezer (at number three) in August. The Nikon at Jones Beach theater power scored a 2.33 this week.
Fenway Park in Boston, MA dropped again, falling from last week’s number four to finish this week at number seven and power scoring a 2.24. Ticket sales for the legendary Boston Red Sox seem to have taken the team up one to the number four spot in Top Sports Events, although the winding down this week of popular NBA and NHL playoffs likely made some room for the team as well. Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL jumped two this week to finish in the number eight spot with a power score of 1.56. Helping to keep the venue performing well are strong ticket sales for Wrigley’s hometown hitters the Chicago Cubs, who moved up one to finish at number five in Top Sports Events this week. Wrigley also will host two dates on the popular Elton John and Billy Joel Face 2 Face tour in July.
Returning to the top ten after a two week absence, the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, finished at number nine this week with a power score of 1.55. The Orpheum continues to enjoy robust ticket sales for its west-coast production of the blockbuster musical “Wicked”. Finally, rounding out the top ten this week was Dallas Cowboys Stadium, which dropped one to the number ten position. With a power score of 1.47, the Stadium will host top summer acts like the Jonas Brothers in June and U2 in October. The Stadium’s own Dallas Cowboys are gearing up to start preseason play in August.
Sports stadiums and outdoor arenas took over the top ten this week, with NBA finals venues still making a good showing in the rankings. The Orpheum rejoined the Gershwin to represent theater venues this week.
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.