TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 20, and after two weeks at number two, the New Yankee...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 20, and after two weeks at number two, the New Yankee Stadium claimed the top spot in the rankings this week. Ticket sales for the iconic New York Yankees took the team to number one in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings as well. The new Yankee Stadium ended the week with an impressive power score of 4.15.

With the NBA finals drawing to a close over the past week, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, took the number two spot in the rankings. Last week, the Center was home to games six and seven of the finals series, in which the Los Angeles Lakers ultimately beat the Boston Celtics by 4-3. Robust sales for Lakers tickets in the past week brought the team to number two in this week’s Top Sports Events.

In music, Staples will have Lady Gaga (hitting at number four in this week’s Top Concert Events) for two shows in August, Justin Bieber (at number two) in October and Roger Waters (number five) for three shows in November and December. Waters originally was scheduled only for the first two shows in November but recently added a show on December 5 due to high ticket demand. The popular WWE tour, at number six in this week’s Top Sports, appears at the venue in August. The Staples Center power scored a 3.50 this week.

Making a big move from last week’s number eight, number three Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, will open its doors for the first time for two shows from Paul McCartney (who dominates the Top Concert rankings this week) in August. The new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins also has Rush and Roger Waters in September as well as Justin Bieber in December. The Consol Energy Center finished the week with a power score of 2.53.

The Gershwin Theatre moved up two this week, landing at number four in the rankings. Power scoring a 2.38, the Gershwin is a top five performer week after week due to strong ticket sales for its long running hit musical, Wicked, which took number one this week in TicketNews’ Top Broadway Events and Top Theater Events rankings.

Fenway Park in Boston, MA, showed upward mobility this week, jumping two spots to take the number five spot and power scoring a 2.16. Fenway’s Boston Red Sox experienced sales strong enough to land the team at number three in this week’s Top Sports Events.

Down two this week to number six, Madison Square Garden (MSG) hosts a number of top musical acts this summer. The venue’s roster includes James Taylor and Carole King (at number three in Top Concerts) appearing next week, Lady Gaga with three shows in July, and Roger Waters with two shows in October. MSG power scored a 2.16 this week.

Falling four spots from last week, number seven’s Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA, also has a busy summer music schedule. James Taylor and Carole King perform tonight, and Paul McCartney plays two shows in August. Lady Gaga takes the stage in September, and both Roger Water and Justin Bieber appear in November. The WWE tour makes a stop at the end of this month. This week, the Wachovia Center power scored a 1.95.

The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, debuts in the number eight position this week. Power scoring a 1.86, the Centre hosts Lady Gaga in July, with Paul McCartney and Canadian Michael Buble (at number ten in this week’s Top Concerts) arriving in August. Fellow Canadian Justin Bieber has an August show as well as a November show booked at the venue, and Roger Waters has three shows scheduled for September.

Power scoring a 1.80 and up one from last week was number nine’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The outdoor amphitheatre’s summer schedule includes dates from the American Idols Live tour in July, and Aerosmith, Kiss and Jimmy Buffett (at number nine in Top Concerts this week) in August.

Rounding out the top ten was another debut venue, Target Field, in at number ten and power scoring a 1.26. Usually found just out of the top ten, the new home to Minnesota Twins baseball edged its way into the short list on strong ticket sales for Twins games, bringing the team to an impressive number four in the Top Sports rankings this week.

Baseball stadiums and indoor concert venues populated the top ten this past week. The Gershwin Theater remained the sole theater venue to make it onto the top ten list.

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 6/20/2010

       Venue Score
1 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 4.15
2 Staples Center Tickets 3.50
3 Consol Energy Center Tickets 2.53
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.38
5 Fenway Park Tickets 2.16
6 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.16
7 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.95
8 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.86
9 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.80
10 Target Field Tickets 1.26
11 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.20
12 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.17
13 Centre Bell Tickets 1.14
14 Sprint Center Tickets 0.98
15 Coors Field Tickets 0.98
16 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 0.96
17 Cort Theatre Tickets 0.95
18 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets 0.92
19 Pepsi Center Tickets 0.91
20 AT&T Park Tickets 0.85