Thanks to the World Series, both New York’s Yankee Stadium and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park made big moves in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 25. Yankee Stadium moved up two to take the number one spot this week, and Citizens Bank Park bolted up from number 15 to reach number two.

In a series that made it to number four in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events this week, the New York Yankees clinched the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in six games, winning the series 4-2 on Sunday. Citizen Bank Park’s own Philadelphia Phillies took their series against the LA Dodgers 4-1, completing their near sweep on October 21.

Both teams head to New York tomorrow, October 28, for the start of the World Series, taking the Yanks to number one and the Phillies to number two for this week’s Top Sports Events. The secondary market for Phillies tickets, with fans yearning for their team to beat the Yanks, is particularly hot as the Series approaches. The new Yankee Stadium power scored an impressive 5.40 this week, with Citizens Bank Park not too shabby at 4.44.

The World Series knocked Madison Square Garden (MSG) from number one this week (a position it had held for the past three weeks), leaving it to perform no better than number three. MSG has two very popular home teams in the New York Knicks, which start their season this week (and which hit at number seven in this week’s Top Sports Events) and the New York Rangers. In music, early November will see the long-awaited tour of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who ranked at number seven this week in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events. MSG power scored a still impressive 3.67 this week.

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The Wachovia Center also made a big move this week, up seven places from last week’s number eleven finish. With a power score of 3.60, the Center is home to the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers (also starting seasonal play this week), teams that may possibly move to paperless ticketing for their future games at the Center.

The venue also has a musical events roster that is jam-packed with top sellers. Just last week the Wachovia Center saw a performance by AC/DC (at number ten in this week’s Top Concerts), an appearance which surely boosted the venue’s performance in this week’s rankings. Miley Cyrus (at number eight in Top Concerts) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (at number four) will play in November, and the traveling Radio City Christmas Spectacular (at number two) begins its run in early December. Taylor Swift, who dominates this week’s Top Concerts rankings, will play the venue in March of 2010.

The Gershwin Theatre in New York City dropped three spots this week to land in the number five position. A perennial top fiver, the Gershwin owes its good fortune and great box office receipts to its long running hit musical, Wicked. The Gershwin power scored a 2.50 this week. Radio City Music Hall, the original home of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, dropped two from last week’s number four, but it stays strong at number six this week with a power score of 1.70.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX dropped two to the number seven position this week, power scoring a 1.54. The home of the Dallas Cowboys, at number three in this week’s Top Sports Events, will host the extremely popular Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2010.

American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX moved into the top ten this week, finishing at number eight. The Center is home to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and is also host to a number of top musical artists in the coming months, including AC/DC next week, KISS on December 6, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for two shows on December 30. The American Airlines Center power scored a 1.52 this week.

Next on the list is the seasonal debut of the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, landing at number nine with a power score of 1.40. The Center is the popular home to a number of sports teams, including Georgetown’s Hoyas basketball as well as the Washington Capitals (NHL) and Wizards (NBA). The venue acts also as a concert arena where several top selling musical acts are scheduled to appear in the coming months. Both Bruce Springsteen and Miley Cyrus perform at the Center next week, with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing two shows on December 9 and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular road show starting on December 18, and tickets are already on sale for Taylor Swift, who will perform in June 2010.

Finally, Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ takes its place at number ten this week, down one from last week’s number nine finish. Scheduled to close at the end of this NFL season, the stadium is in its final months as home to the New York Giants (at number six in this week’s Top Sports) and New York Jets. Giants Stadium power scored a 1.30 this week.

With the run up to the World Series, the stadiums belonging to the two top teams do well on the list this week. Few football venues make a showing on the list, with the weight tilted more to hockey and basketball venues as both sports are at the start of seasonal play. Indoor concert arenas stake their claim as well, while the Gershwin is the sole theatre venue to make the top ten 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.

Top Venues

Week Ending 10/25/2009

       Venue Score
1 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 5.40
2 Citizens Bank Park Tickets 4.44
3 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.67
4 Wachovia Center Tickets 3.60
5 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.50
6 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.70
7 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.54
8 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.52
9 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.40
10 Giants Stadium Tickets 1.30
11 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.30
12 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.26
13 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.17
14 Imperial Theatre – NY Tickets 1.15
15 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.13
16 Frank Erwin Center Tickets 1.13
17 Staples Center Tickets 1.11
18 Heinz Field Tickets 1.04
19 Rose Bowl Tickets 1.03
20 Nassau Coliseum Tickets 1.03