With the Super Bowl and the NFL season over, New York’s Madison Square Garden (MSG) reclaimed the title as the nation’s number one venue, according to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending February 14.
Taking over from Super Bowl XLIV venue Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium), which had held the top spot for three weeks running, MSG has scheduled a roster of top musical acts in the coming months which will keep its numbers strong, including the Black Eyed Peas (at number six in TicketNews’ Top Concert Events rankings this week), who arrive later this month. In addition, Michael Bublé ticket sales have been very solid (number one), and he will be performing in March. MSG also is home to the popular New York Knicks, at number six in TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings this week, and the New York Rangers. The number one venue this week power scored a 2.82.
Second place Dallas Cowboys Stadium jumped three spots this week on strong sales for this past weekend’s NBA All Star Game, which hit at number one in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. With a power score of 2.71, the venue also has a February date on the ever popular Monster Jam Trucks tour, which took number eight in Top Sports this week. Next in the rankings, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City finished at number three, up three spots from last week. The theater benefits week after week from strong ticket sales for its long-running hit musical Wicked. The Gershwin power scored a 2.35 this week.
Vancouver Olympics venue General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, held steady at number four this week. The home to the Northwest Division leading Vancouver Canucks hosts the Men’s Hockey series over the next two weeks, including such match ups as Canada vs. USA on February 21. Also on tap are the Women’s Hockey Semifinal, Bronze Medal and Gold Medal games. Following the Olympics, the venue will host a number of top-selling musical acts, including two dates on The Eagles tour, which hit at number two this week in Top Concerts. General Motors Place power scored a 2.27 this week.
L.A.’s Staples Center fell two spots to land at number five this week. Power scoring a 1.88, Staples is home to the NBA’s Pacific Division leading L.A. Lakers (at number four in Top Sports this week) and the NHL’s L.A. Kings. In music, the venue has dates on the tours of Bon Jovi (at number four in this week’s Top Concerts) in March and Taylor Swift (at number eight) in April.
American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, bumped up four to number six this week. The home to the Dallas Stars and the division-leading Dallas Mavericks also has a jam-packed schedule of musical acts this season, including Jay-Z (at number ten in this week’s Top Concerts) arriving next week and John Mayer (at number nine) in March. The American Airlines Center power scored a 1.82 this week.
Debuting at number seven this week was the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. The home to the division-leading San Jose Sharks also is set to host Rounds 1 and 2 of March’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Upcoming musical performances at the Pavilion include next week’s Bon Jovi concert and the Eagles in April. Fan favorite the WWE, coming in second in this week’s Top Sports Events, appears in March. The HP Pavilion power scored a 1.74 this week.
The TD Garden in Boston, MA dropped one this week to finish at number eight. Power scoring a 1.50, the Garden is home to the Boston Bruins and the division-leading Boston Celtics. In concerts, the Garden has John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas performing next week and James Taylor and Carole King (at number five in this week’s Top Concerts) in June.
The Pepsi Center in Denver, CO arrived in the top ten this week at number nine. Power scoring a 1.34, the Center is home to Northwest Division leaders the Denver Nuggets, also at number nine in this week’s Top Sports rankings, as well as the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. The venue also sees dates from Bon Jovi in March and Taylor Swift in April.
The Rose Garden in Portland, OR debuted in the number ten slot this week. With a power score of 1.30, the Garden hosts the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and has scheduled such top musical talent as George Strait and Reba McIntyre (at number three in Top Concerts) in March.
As winter progresses, indoor sports arenas and concert venues continue to dominate this week’s top ten. Once again, the Gershwin is 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.
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