The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, claimed the title of top venue this week, according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending...

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, claimed the title of top venue this week, according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, December 20.

This week’s ticket sales for the stadium’s two top-ranked January games took the Bowl past all competitors. The first scheduled match-up comes on New Year’s Day, when the Rose Bowl will see the Ohio State Buckeyes play against the Oregon Ducks. On January 7, the venue will host the BCS National Championship Game, which this year pits the Texas Longhorns against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Sales for Crimson Tide tickets once again took this game to number one in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events rankings for this week. The Rose Bowl power scored a 3.09.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) was knocked from last week’s number one, finishing this week in the number two spot with a power score of 3.04. MSG remains a strong contender week after week on the strength of its legendary sports teams and some popular performing artists. MSG is the long-time home to both the New York Knicks, whose receipts brought them to number six in this week’s Top Sports Events, and the New York Rangers. It also serves as an arena for musical artists and touring shows, drawing such acts as the Black Eyed Peas (at number seven in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events rankings this week), John Mayer (at number ten) in February and Michael Bublé (number three) in March.

Up two from last week, the number three Gershwin Theatre in New York City also stays strong in the top five on robust ticket sales for its Tony Award winning musical Wicked. The production once again took first place in TicketNews’s Top Broadway, Top Theater and Top Events rankings this week. The Gershwin power scored a 2.51 this week.

The TD Garden (Fleet Center) moved up three this week to the number four slot. Both the venue’s Eastern Conference leaders the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins ranked in the top ten in this week’s Top Sports Events, at numbers three and seven, respectively. The Garden also will see musical performances by the likes of John Mayer in February and Jay-Z in March. The venue finished the week with a power score of 2.46.

Radio City Music Hall in New York City dropped two this week to take the number five position as its hit production, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, slowly begins to wind down its seasonal run. Power scoring a 2.41, the venue’s well-loved holiday show still managed to make it to number two in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events and to number five in Top Events this week. Lady Gaga, hitting at number five in this week’s Top Concerts, takes Radio City’s stage for four performances in late January.

Holding firm at number six this week was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Home to both the Western Conference-leading LA Lakers, at number two in Top Sports, and the LA Kings, the venue is also scheduled to host such musical artists this season as Taylor Swift (once again leading the Top Concerts rankings), Jon Bon Jovi (at number eight in this week’s Top Concerts) and Michael Bublé. Staples Center power scored a 2.35 this week.

Up three in the rankings, the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA landed in the number seven spot, power scoring a 1.64 this week. The Center is home to the popular Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, and it also will host performances by John Mayer, who arrives in February, and Taylor Swift, performing two shows in March. The venue also has a date on the crowd pleasing WWE (at number eight in Top Sports) this February.

Up one from last week, the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, finished at number eight, power scoring a 1.63. The Orpheum, bringing Broadway style shows to west coast audiences, is currently running a production of “Wicked” through March.

In at number nine, Fenway Park made an out-of-season appearance in the top ten this week, performing well on strong sales for its special event, the Winter Classic: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers. Bruins ticket sales for this event brought it to number four in this week’s Top Sports Events. Fenway Park power scored a 1.62.

Finishing out the top ten this week was the Virginia/August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Broadway’s home to the long-running hit musical Jersey Boys (at number two in Top Broadway, Top Theater and top Events this week), the theater power scored a 1.62.

Large performance arenas and theaters dominated the top ten this week. Venues hosting specialty sporting events made a good showing as well.

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 12/20/2009

       Venue Score
1 Rose Bowl Tickets 3.09
2 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.04
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.51
4 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.46
5 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 2.41
6 Staples Center Tickets 2.35
7 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.64
8 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.63
9 Fenway Park Tickets 1.62
10 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.62
11 United Center Tickets 1.49
12 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.20
13 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.06
14 Pepsi Center Tickets 1.05
15 Amway Arena (formerly TD Waterhouse Centre) Tickets 0.99
16 American Airlines Center Tickets 0.95
17 LandShark Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 0.95
18 Air Canada Centre Tickets 0.91
19 Bank Of America Theatre (formerly Lasalle Bank Theatre) Tickets 0.90
20 Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena) Tickets 0.89