According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, March 14, Madison Square Garden (MSG) has held firm to the number one...

According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, March 14, Madison Square Garden (MSG) has held firm to the number one title it reclaimed last week. Helping MSG’s numbers are strong sales for Michael Buble (at number three in this week’s Top Concert Events), who appears later this week, and James Taylor and Carole King (at number seven in Top Concerts), with three dates scheduled for June.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to MSG for 24 performances this month, and the WWE tour, at number two in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings, arrives in June. MSG also is home to the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers. MSG power scored a 3.09 this week.

The Gershwin Theatre in New York City hit high numbers again this week, moving up one slot to the number two position and power scoring a 2.46. The Gershwin continues to benefit from strong sales for its hit musical Wicked, which took number one in this week’s Top Broadway, Top Theater and Top Events categories.

Radio City Music Hall made a big move this week, up five to the number three spot. Power scoring a 2.32, Radio City will host the Glee Live tour (at number two in Top Concerts) for three shows in May and Conan O’Brien (at number ten in Top Concerts) for two dates in
June.

Next, Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX dropped two to land in the number four spot. Reliant is hosting the Houston Rodeo, where both the Black Eyed Peas and Brooks and Dunn (at number eight in Top Concerts) will make appearances this week. Later this month, college basketball fans will see the NCAA Tournament’s South Regionals played, and FIFA’s Mexico team (at number seven in Top Sports) will play an as-yet undetermined opponent at the venue on May 13. Reliant Stadium power scored a 2.05 this week.

The Pepsi Center in Denver, CO holds steady at number five this week, power scoring a 1.83. The venue is home to the NBA’s Northwest Division leaders the Denver Nuggets as well as the second in division Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. In music, the Pepsi Center will see dates from Michael Buble at the end of this month and from James Taylor and Carole King in July.

Making another big push this week was the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA, up four spots from last week’s number ten. Helping the venue’s numbers are dates this week on the tours of Michael Buble and Taylor Swift (at number four in Top Concerts), as well as James Taylor and Carole King in June and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (at number six) in July. The venue also is home to the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. The Wachovia Center finished the week with a power score of 1.48.

Dropping one this week, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV came in at number seven with a power score of 1.34. The Arena has the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley bout, coming in at number six in this week’s Top Sports, booked for May 1. The Arena also hosts both Brooks and Dunn and the Eagles (at number five in Top Concerts) in April.

L.A.’s Staples Center dropped one to take the number eight position this week. Staples is home to the NBA’s Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Lakers (also taking number eight in Top Sports this week) and the Los Angeles Clippers, as well as the NHL’s LA Kings. The popular WWE tour arrives tonight, and in music, Staples has dates on the tours of Michael Buble and Taylor Swift in April. The Staples Center power scored a 1.31 this week.

The American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX moved back into the top ten this week, finishing at number nine with a power score of 1.30. The arena is home to the Dallas Stars and the Southwest Division leading Dallas Mavericks (at number nine in this week’s Top Sports). Jon Bon Jovi arrives for two shows in April, and the WWE tour arrives in June.

The Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO also made it back into the top ten this week, landing in the number ten spot. A March 15 performance by Bon Jovi helped boost the venue’s numbers, as are scheduled dates by Taylor Swift in April and James Taylor and Carole King in May. The Sprint Center ended the week with a power score of 1.26.

Indoor sports arenas and concert venues continue to dominate the top of the rankings. The Gershwin Theatre remains the sole theater venue in the top ten.

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 3/14/2010

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.09
2 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.46
3 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 2.32
4 Reliant Stadium Tickets 2.05
5 Pepsi Center Tickets 1.83
6 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.48
7 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.34
8 Staples Center Tickets 1.31
9 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.30
10 Sprint Center Tickets 1.26
11 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.19
12 Fenway Park Tickets 1.16
13 Hollywood Bowl Tickets 1.16
14 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.13
15 United Center Tickets 1.12
16 Bridgestone Arena (Formerly Sommet Center) Tickets 1.04
17 Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 1.02
18 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 0.94
19 Xcel Energy Center Tickets 0.93
20 Target Field Tickets 0.93

By Kelly McWilliams