Madison Square Garden (MSG) has retained the title of number one venue for the fourth consecutive week, according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for...

Madison Square Garden (MSG) has retained the title of number one venue for the fourth consecutive week, according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 17.

MSG continues to benefit from solid ticket sales for its two popular sports teams, the New York Rangers and New York Knicks, which made it to number eight in TicketNews’s Top Sports Events rankings this week. Also boosting MSG’s numbers are scheduled performances by the Black Eyed Peas (at number six in TicketNews’s Top Concert Events rankings this week) and John Mayer (at number eight) in February, as well as Jay-Z (number four) in March. MSG power scored an impressive 3.86 this week.

The Gershwin Theatre in New York City moved up two to take the number two spot this week. Power scoring a 2.76, the theater is home to the award-winning musical Wicked, which topped TicketNews’s Top Broadway Events, Top Theater Events, Top Combined Events and even Top Vegas Events rankings this week.

The Louisiana Superdome debuted in the top ten this week, arriving at number three with a power score of 2.72. On January 16, the Superdome hosted its New Orleans Saints in divisional playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Saints won and are now headed to an NFC Championship match up against the Minnesota Vikings on January 24 at the Superdome, the game shooting to number two in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. The Superdome will also have a stop on the Monster Jam Trucks tour, at number three on Top Sports this week.

Reliant Stadium also arrived in the top ten this week, finishing at number four. With a power score of 2.55, Reliant Stadium hosts two dates on the Monster Jam Trucks tour in late January and early February. The Black Eyed Peas appear at the Stadium in March to perform as part of the Houston Rodeo. The Metrodome, home to the Minnesota Vikings, hit at number five this week. With a power score of 2.50, the Metrodome hosted the Vikings’s divisional playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys on January 17, in a game that hit at number one in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. The Vikings next meet the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship on January 24. The Metrodome also has a stop on the Monster Jam Trucks tour later this month.

In the top ten for the second week straight is Lucas Oil Stadium, which moved up three to the number six position. Home to the Indianapolis Colts, the Stadium hosted their January 16 divisional playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens in a game that made it to number six in this week’s Top Sports. The Stadium also hosts the Colts’s AFC Championship game on January 24 against the New York Jets. Lucas Oil Stadium power scored a 2.39 this week.

L.A.’s Staples Center dropped one to land at number seven this week.
Staples is home to L.A. Kings hockey as well as the Western Conference leading L.A. Lakers, which took number nine in this week’s Top Sports rankings. The venue also has a number of top musical acts scheduled in the coming months, including Bon Jovi (at number three in this week’s Top Concerts) and the Black Eyed Peas in March and Taylor Swift (at number two) in April. Staples also has a March date on the crowd pleasing WWE tour, at number seven in this week’s Top Sports rankings. The Staples Center power scored a 1.88 this week.

Falling one from last week to number eight was Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. With a power score of 1.88, the Stadium will see the NFL’s Pro Bowl played on January 31, as well as Super Bowl XLIV on February 7.

Also down one from last week was the TD Garden (Fleet Center) in Boston, MA. At number nine, the Garden is home to the Boston Bruins, currently second in their division, and the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics, which took number ten in Top Sports this week. The Garden also will see musical performances by John Mayer in February and Jay-Z in March. The TD Garden power scored a 1.65 this week.

Qualcomm Stadium home to the San Diego Chargers, was in at number ten this week. Qualcomm hosted the Chargers’ divisional playoffs against the New York Jets on January 17 in a game that hit at number five in this week’s Top Sports (game won by the Jets). The venue also sees the Monster Jam Trucks tour later this month. Qualcomm Stadium power scored a 1.54 this week.

The NFL’s playoff and Bowl venues cleaned up this week, taking a full half of the top ten. The Gershwin was once again the sole theater 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 1/17/2010

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.86
2 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.76
3 Louisiana Superdome Tickets 2.72
4 Reliant Stadium Tickets 2.55
5 Metrodome Tickets 2.50
6 Lucas Oil Stadium Tickets 2.39
7 Staples Center Tickets 1.88
8 Dolphin Stadium Tickets 1.88
9 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.65
10 Qualcomm Stadium Tickets 1.54
11 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.54
12 INTRUST Bank Arena Tickets 1.39
13 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.37
14 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.35
15 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.27
16 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.18
17 Bank Atlantic Center Tickets 1.14
18 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.12
19 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.10
20 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.06

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By Kelly McWilliams