TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 31, and Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium) has kept its...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 31, and Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium) has kept its number one perch for the second consecutive week. Hitting the top spot hard with a monster power score of 12.60, the Stadium has benefited from excellent sales for the hottest games in town as the NFL season draws to a dramatic close.

On January 31, the venue hosted the annual Pro Bowl, and on February 7 it will see underdogs the New Orleans Saints play the powerhouse Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Colts tickets for the big match up took this event to number one in both TicketNews’ Top Sports Events and Top Combined Events this week.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) remained a solid number two for the second week running. Ticket sales for MSG’s two popular hometown teams, the New York Rangers and New York Knicks (at number nine in Top Sports this week), help to keep the venue in the top three week after week. Also boosting MSG’s numbers are scheduled performances by the Black Eyed Peas (at number four in TicketNews’ Top Concert Events rankings this week) and John Mayer (at number five) in February, as well as Michael Bublé (number six) in March. MSG power scored a 3.40.

With NFL playoff stadiums dropping out of the top ten, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City made a comeback this week, up five spots to take the number three position. Despite last week’s less impressive finish, the Gershwin is rarely out of the top five due to continued robust sales for its blockbuster musical, Wicked. The Gershwin power scored a 2.26 this week.

The TD Garden in Boston, MA edged up two to take the number four spot this week. Power scoring a 2.15, the Garden is home to the legendary Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, which currently lead their division and grabbed number five in Top Sports this week. The Garden also will see musical performances by John Mayer in February and Jay-Z (at number nine in this week’s Top Concerts) in March. In addition in June, the Garden will have two dates on the popular James Taylor and Carole King tour, which hit at number one in Top Concerts this week.

The Dallas Cowboys Stadium made a post-playoff appearance in the top ten this week, landing at number five and power scoring a 1.63. On February 14, the Stadium will host the NBA All Star Game, which finished at number six in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. The venue also will see a February date on the kids’ favorite Monster Jam Trucks tour, which took number two in Top Sports this week.

Next in the rankings, the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA lengthened its stay in the top ten this week, dropping down two to the number six position. Wachovia is home to the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, and it also will host a date on the crowd-pleasing WWE tour (at number three in Top Sports) this week. Later this month comes an appearance by John Mayer, and this year’s quadruple Grammy winner Taylor Swift (at number three in Top Concerts) arrives for two shows in March. The Wachovia Center power scored a 1.61 this week.

The Hollywood Bowl made its debut in the top ten this week, coming in at number seven and power scoring a 1.39. The Bowl will host three dates on the James Taylor/Carole King tour in May, and the Dave Matthews Band plays the outdoor arena in August.

L.A.’s Staples Center reappeared in the top ten after one week down to number 14. Staples is home to L.A. Kings hockey as well as Pacific Division leading L.A. Lakers. The venue also has a number of top musical acts scheduled in the coming months, including and the Black Eyed Peas and Jon Bon Jovi (at number seven in this week’s Top Concerts) in March and Taylor Swift (at number three) for two shows in April. The Staples Center power scored a 1.26 this week.

The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. held steady at number nine this week. Power scoring a 1.18, The Center will host a number of top musical acts in the coming months, including John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas in February, Jay-Z and Jon Bon Jovi in March, and the James Taylor/Carole King tour and Taylor Swift in June. The venue also is home to Washington Wizards basketball and the NHL’s Southeast Division leaders the Washington Capitals.

Reliant Stadium also made it back into the top ten after a one week hiatus. Finishing the week at number ten and power scoring a 1.14, the Stadium’s numbers got a boost from a two-date appearance this week by the popular Monster Jam Trucks tour. The Black Eyed Peas appear at the Stadium in March to perform as part of the Houston Rodeo.

Indoor sports arenas and concert venues populated the top ten this week. The appearance of one amphitheatre on the list indicates that the start of outdoor concert season can’t be far away. The Gershwin is once again the sole theater venue in 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 1/31/2010

       Venue Score
1 Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 12.60
2 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.40
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.26
4 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.15
5 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.63
6 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.61
7 Hollywood Bowl Tickets 1.39
8 Staples Center Tickets 1.26
9 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.18
10 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.14
11 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.12
12 Philips Arena Tickets 1.08
13 Pacific Coliseum Tickets 1.06
14 HP Pavilion Tickets 1.06
15 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.02
16 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 1.02
17 Bank Atlantic Center Tickets 1.00
18 Mohegan Sun Arena – CT Tickets 0.99
19 Fenway Park Tickets 0.96
20 General Motors Place Tickets 0.94