Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX took charge once again in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, August 2. Helping the venue bounce back to number one this week were ticket sales for its own Dallas Cowboys, who made a big move to number three in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events rankings this week. The stadium also will host the Texas Longhorns (at number eight in this week’s Top Sports Events) in their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in December, and it has the NBA All-Star Game (at number seven in this week’s Top Sports Events) in February 2010. Also helping the venue’s numbers this week is an August date with Paul McCartney, who took fourth place in this week’s Top Concert Events, and an October stop on U2’s tour, ranked at number three in Top Concerts. Dallas Cowboys Stadium finished the week with a power score of 3.65.

The Gershwin Theatre in New York City also showed upward mobility this week, moving up three to land in the number two position and power scoring a 2.80. The theater continues to enjoy solid box office returns from the hit musical Wicked, which for the second week in a row topped Ticketnews’s Top Broadway Events, Top Theater Events, and Top Combined Events rankings.

Fenway Park held steady in third place this week, power scoring a 2.40. Hometown favorites the Boston Red Sox kept ticket sales strong this week, moving them up to number two in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events rankings. The park also will see two dates on the very popular Paul McCartney tour later this month. The new Yankee Stadium also held its position of last week, following Fenway at number four. The Stadium’s own New York Yankees kept ticket sales strong enough to take the number one spot in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. The New Yankee Stadium power scored a 2.25 this week.

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Next in the rankings, Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ dropped four spots this week to take the number five position.. Power scoring a 1.43 this week, the Stadium is home to the football’s popular New York Giants and New York Jets, who will see their final seasons this year at the venue, which is scheduled to close after this year’s NFL season. In the coming months, a number of top selling artists are booked to play the venue for the final time, including U2 for two dates in September and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (at number two in this week’s Top Concerts), there for five performances in late September and early October as the final musical act to ever play the venue.

The Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, OK, showed staying power this week, holding firm in its sixth place finish of last week. The Center is host to numerous top selling acts this season, including Paul McCartney and America’s Most Wanted Music Festival (at number seven in this week’s Top Concerts) in August, the well-attended WWE tour in September, and the Dave Matthews Band (at number six in Top Concerts) in October. The Bank of Oklahoma Center finished the week with a power score of 1.43.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) returns to the top ten this week in the seventh position, power scoring a 1.42. As the venue prepares to host the upcoming season for the New York Rangers and New York Knicks, it will also host some top musical performers in the coming months, including Britney Spears in August, Aerosmith with ZZ Top in September and Bruce Springsteen for two dates in November.

In at number eight and power scoring a 1.38, the MGM Grand Garden Arena hit it big this week on strong ticket sales for November’s Manny Pacquiao match vs. Miguel Cotto (at number four this week in Top Sports Events). The Arena also will host an October date on the AC/DC tour.

The Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA made a comeback this week, returning to the top ten at number nine. With a power score of 1.32, the theater, known for bringing Broadway style performances to west coast audiences, is currently hosting its own long-running production of “Wicked”. Closing out the top ten this week, the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY finished at number ten with a power score of 1.29. This outdoor amphitheatre is famous for hosting top musical acts throughout the summer, and in its remaining schedule this season the venue will see dates by such artists as Crosby, Stills and Nash this weekend, Marc Anthony in late August and The Killers in September.

Outdoor venues and sports stadiums ruled the top ten this week. Losing the Imperial Theatre but gaining the Orpheum this week, the top ten is left with a total of two theater venues.

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Top Venues

Week Ending 08/02/2009

      Venue Score
1 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 3.65
2 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.80
3 Fenway Park Tickets 2.40
4 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 2.25
5 Giants Stadium Tickets 1.43
6 Bank Of Oklahoma Center Tickets 1.43
7 Madison Square Garden Tickets 1.42
8 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.38
9 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.32
10 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.29
11 Fedex Field Tickets 1.24
12 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.13
13 Imperial Theatre – NY Tickets 1.09
14 Wachovia Spectrum Tickets 1.05
15 Candlestick Park Tickets 1.05
16 Wrigley Field Tickets 1.02
17 Soldier Field Stadium Tickets 0.99
18 Citizens Bank Park Tickets 0.98
19 Arrowhead Stadium Tickets 0.88
20 Caesars Palace Colosseum Tickets 0.87