By Kelly McWilliams
Citi Field blasted through the competition once again to hold on to its number one perch in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 21. With an impressive power score of 5.07, the Flushing, NY stadium is enjoying strong ticket sales for Paul McCartney’s appearances on July 17, 18 and 21. The rocker also held firm to his number one position this week in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events rankings. McCartney’s dates are the first ever musical events to be held at Citi Field, the new home to the New York Mets. The Mets also are enjoying solid ticket sales this season, hitting at number five in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings.
With NHL finals done, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City moved up one this week to take the number two spot. The Gershwin benefits week after week from strong ticket sales for its popular musical, Wicked, a show which once again topped TicketNews’s Top Broadway Events, Top Theater Events and Top Combined Events rankings this week. The Gershwin power scored a 2.93 this week.
The new Yankee Stadium also moved up one this week, finishing at number three in the rankings. With a power score of 2.74, the stadium this week saw continued strong ticket sales for its New York Yankees, who decisively won the top spot in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. Fenway Park in Boston, MA followed closely behind, jumping two to land at number four. Its Boston Red Sox brought in ticket sales strong enough to take the team to number two in Top Sports Events. Fenway Park finished with a power score of 2.54.
The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater returned to the top ten this week, finishing at number five. Power scoring a 1.99, the outdoor amphitheatre has scheduled a number of top selling artists this summer, including Kenny Chesney (at number seven in this week’s Top Concert Events rankings), Aerosmith with ZZ Top (at number eight) and America’s Most Wanted Music Festival (at number ten).
Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, moved up two to land in the number six spot this week, as ticket sales for its hometown hitters the Chicago Cubs boosted the team to third place in this week’s Top Sports Events. Wrigley Field power scored a 1.84.
The Imperial Theatre in New York City stayed strong for the second week in a row, holding steady in the number seven position with a power score of 1.42. The theater is enjoying robust ticket sales for its hit musical Billy Elliot in the wake of the show’s numerous Tony Award wins earlier this month.
Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ had staying power this week, moving up two to finish in the number eight position. Also power scoring a 1.42, the stadium was helped by sales for a couple of high profile multiple date appearances by U2 in September and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in late September and early October. Springsteen’s appearances will be the final musical events ever to be held at the stadium, which will close at the end of this year’s NFL season. Giants Stadium is also home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, top sellers who are currently preparing for the 2009 season.
Madison Square Garden (MSG) made a return to the list this week, taking the number nine spot. The Garden has booked a number of top acts this summer, including Beyonce, who performed on June 22, Britney Spears for two dates in August, and Aerosmith with ZZ Top in September. MSG had a power score of 1.32 this week.
Dropping one this week, the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Corona, NY finished in the number ten slot with a power score of 1.28. The tennis stadium is home to the well attended US Open Tennis Championship, which runs from late August to early September.
Sports stadiums and outdoor concert arenas performed the best this week. The Gershwin and the Imperial stay strong in the rankings and remain the only two theater venues in the top ten.
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.