Radio City Music Hall in New York City retained its title of top dog in TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, December 6. With an impressive power score of 4.22, the venue continued its domination of the rankings on strong ticket sales for its Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which ranked at number two in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events and at number three in Top Events this week. Lady Gaga, hitting at number three in this week’s Top Concerts, takes Radio City’s stage for four performances in late January.

Second in the rankings this week was the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, another venue hitting a seasonal high on sales for two games. New Year’s Day’s Rose Bowl, which is the oldest and most widely attended college football bowl in existence, provides the yearly match up between representatives of the Big Ten and Pac 10. This year, the Bowl pits the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Oregon Ducks. Sales for Ducks tickets took the game to number two in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. On January 7, the venue will host the BCS National Championship Game, with the match up this year between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Sales for Crimson Tide tickets took this game to number one in this week’s Top Sports Events. The Rose Bowl power scored a 3.84 this week.

Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, took over the number three spot this week, making it into the top ten for the first time since late September. Power scoring a 2.97, the Stadium benefits from strong ticket sales by the New England Patriots, which lead the AFC East standings at 7-5. Also boosting the venue’s numbers this week are scheduled dates from Taylor Swift (topping both the Top Concerts and Top Events rankings) in June and Bon Jovi (at number eight in Top Concerts) in July.

The Gershwin Theatre in New York City dropped two this week to land in the number four position, power scoring a 2.70. The Gershwin is a perennial top fiver due to continued brisk ticket sales for its long-running hit musical Wicked.

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Next in the rankings, Madison Square Garden (MSG) fell one spot to take number five this week. MSG is home to the popular New York Knicks (at number six in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings) and New York Rangers, but it also hosts top sellers in the music industry with John Mayer (at number nine in this week’s Top Concerts) playing two shows in February and Michael Bublé (at number six) appearing in March. MSG power scored a 2.57 this week.

Also dropping in the rankings this week was Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, which fell three spots to number six. The 8-4 Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East, and the team’s ticket sales this week took them to the number nine spot in Top Sports. The venue also enjoyed good returns from the December 5 Big 12 Football Championship between the Texas Longhorns and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a game that ranked number three in this week’s Top Sports. The Longhorns defeated the Cornhuskers to move on to the January 7 BCS Championship. Dallas Cowboys Stadium ended the week with a 2.53 power score.

The Georgia Dome dropped two this week, finishing at number seven. The home field for the 6-6 Atlanta Falcons was host on December 5 to the well-attended SEC Football Championship (hitting at number four in this week’s Top Sports) between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide (a game won by Alabama). The Georgia Dome power scored a 2.12 this week.

Finishing at number eight, the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA moved back into the top ten after a week at number eleven. Power scoring a 2.01, the Center is home to the very popular Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, as well as providing performance space for top musical artists. Upcoming shows at the Center include John Mayer in February and Taylor Swift for two shows in March.

Down just one this week to number nine was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Home to both the LA Lakers, which took number five this week in the Top Sports rankings, and L.A. Kings, the venue also will host such acts this season as Bon Jovi, Michael Bublé and Taylor Swift. The Staples Center power scored a 1.61 this week.

Rounding out the top ten this week, the TD Garden (Fleet Center) was down four from last week’s number six. Strong sales from the Garden’s two legendary teams, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, keep this venue a strong contender during this season. The Garden also will see musical performances by such acts as John Mayer in February and Jay-Z in March. The venue finished the week with a power score of 1.57.

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Pro football and college bowl games ruled the list this week, with a number of performance venues staying strong as well. The Gershwin was the sole theater venue making 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 12/6/2009

       Venue Score
1 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 4.22
2 Rose Bowl Tickets 3.84
3 Gillette Stadium Tickets 2.97
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.70
5 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.57
6 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 2.53
7 Georgia Dome Tickets 2.12
8 Wachovia Center Tickets 2.01
9 Staples Center Tickets 1.61
10 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.57
11 INTRUST Bank Arena Tickets 1.54
12 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.36
13 Colonial Life Arena Tickets 1.34
14 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.26
15 LandShark Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 1.21
16 United Center Tickets 0.95
17 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Tickets 0.94
18 Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena) Tickets 0.93
19 University Of Phoenix Stadium Tickets 0.90
20 Qualcomm Stadium Tickets 0.87

Last Updated on December 14, 2009