TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, May 9, and Boston’s TD Garden took the number one spot for...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, May 9, and Boston’s TD Garden took the number one spot for the week.

The Garden is home to the Boston Celtics, which are in Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series tied 2-2. The venue hosted games three and four of the series, (up to number six in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings), and will have game six later this week.

In addition, the Garden’s Boston Bruins are in Eastern Conference semifinal play against the Philadelphia Flyers, leading that series 3-2. The venue hosted games one, two and five of the series, and will also host a Game Seven if necessary.

The Garden also has several upcoming concerts that are helping to drive ticket sales, including James Taylor and Carole King (at number three in this week’s Top Concert Events rankings) arriving in June, Lady Gaga (number two) in July, and Roger Waters (at number one this week) and Rush (number nine) in September. The TD Garden power scored a 2.28 this week.

The New Meadowlands Stadium made it to number two in the rankings this week, with a power score of 2.08. Last week, the Stadium hosted a matchup between the national soccer teams of Mexico (at number two in Top Sports) and Ecuador. In music, the venue has the Eagles (at number five in Top Concerts) performing alongside Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks on June 10.

Holding firm to the number one spot for the past two weeks, Yankee Stadium fell to number three this week. The Stadium’s New York Yankees have had strong enough ticket sales to keep them at number one in the Top Sports rankings for three consecutive weeks. Yankee Stadium finished the week with a power score of 2.03.

Also power scoring a 2.03 this week was the Gershwin Theatre in New York City, which held steady at last week’s number four position. Sales for the Gershwin’s long-running hit musical, “Wicked”, took the production to number one on TicketNews’ Top Broadway Events rankings and Top Theater Events rankings. The Gershwin Theatre power scored a 2.03 this week.

Madison Square Garden (MSG) made a big move this week, up four spots to take number five. Power scoring a 1.97, MSG will host James Taylor and Carole King for three dates in June, Lady Gaga for three dates in July, Justin Bieber (at number four in this week’s Top Concerts) in August and Roger Waters in October.

The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY fell four spots this week to land at number six. The outdoor amphitheatre’s summer schedule includes dates by John Mayer and Rush in July and the Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato in August. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater power scored a 1.72 this week.

The American Airlines Center made it back into the top ten after a two week hiatus, finishing at number seven and power scoring a 1.56. The venue has a full roster of musical talent appearing this season, including visits from the Eagles in June, Michael Bublé (at number ten in Top Concerts) and Lady Gaga in July and Roger Waters in November.

Fenway Park dropped one this week to land in the number eight spot, power scoring a 1.55. The Park’s Boston Red Sox kept sales high enough this week to finish at number three in the Top Sports rankings.

The Toyota Center in Houston, TX, also returned to the top ten after being out of the mix for two weeks, this week arriving in the number nine spot. Top musical artists playing at the Toyota Center this season include Taylor Swift(at number six in this week’s Top Concerts) later this month, Tool (number seven) in June, and Michael Bublé and Lady Gaga in July. The Toyota Center finished the week with a power score of 1.34.

Keeping its number ten slot from last week was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Last week, Staples hosted games one and two of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Western Conference semifinal series against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers swept that series 4-0 and now head to the conference finals against the Phoenix Suns on May 17. In music, Staples will have two dates from Lady Gaga in August, and Roger Waters for two dates in November. The Staples Center power scored a 1.34 this week.

At the changeover of professional sports seasons, baseball venues are vying for space in the top ten against NBA playoff venues. Both indoor and outdoor concert spaces are also doing well in this week’s rankings. The Gershwin remains the sole theater venue sitting 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 5/9/2010

       Venue Score
1 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.28
2 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 2.08
3 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 2.03
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.03
5 Madison Square Garden Tickets 1.97
6 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.72
7 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.56
8 Fenway Park Tickets 1.55
9 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.34
10 Staples Center Tickets 1.34
11 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.29
12 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.21
13 United Center Tickets 1.19
14 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.16
15 Sarofim Hall – Hobby Center Tickets 1.08
16 Centre Bell Tickets 1.00
17 Cort Theatre Tickets 0.98
18 Target Field Tickets 0.94
19 Reliant Stadium Tickets 0.94
20 Wrigley Field Tickets 0.91