TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, August 15, and this week Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX took...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, August 15, and this week Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX took top honors.

Up two this week to number one, the massive stadium is home to the legendary Dallas Cowboys, whose continued strong ticket sales took them to the top of this week’s Top Sports Events rankings as well. The Stadium also plays host to the Cotton Bowl on January 7, 2011 and to Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011. Dallas Cowboys Stadium power scored a 2.84 this week.

For the first time in four weeks, the New Yankee Stadium did not claim the title of number one venue. Knocked back to number two and power scoring a 2.30, the Stadium is home to AL East leaders the New York Yankees, whose ticket sales this week also placed them just behind the Dallas Cowboys at number two in the Top Sports rankings. Jay Z and Eminem’s September concerts also helped keep the venue’s numbers strong, with sales taking the two-date stand to number six in this week’s Top Concert Events rankings.

Up three spots this week to number three was the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. The outdoor amphitheater just finished a big week in concerts, with Aerosmith appearing on August 12 and Kiss on August 14. The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato tour, reconfigured and is apparently selling strong again at number nine in Top Concerts, take the Nikon stage for two shows this weekend. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater power scored a 1.77 this week.

As the start of the US Open Tennis Championship nears, the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Corona, NY made a big move this week, up five slots to number four and power scoring a 1.77. The Stadium hosts the popular USTA tournament from August 30 through September 12.

Down three this week to number five was the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. On August 10, the Stadium hosted the USA vs. Brazil soccer match, with impressive ticket sales ranking it among the leading ten events in Top Sports in past weeks. This season, the Stadium also provides a new home for both the New York Giants and New York Jets. The New Meadowlands Stadium finished the week with a power score of 1.73.

Next in the rankings, Madison Square Garden (MSG) held steady at number six, power scoring a 1.67. MSG is home to both the New York Rangers and New York Knicks, who are selling tickets for their upcoming seasons. In music, the venue hosts Justin Bieber (at number one in Top Concerts) at the end of this month, Shakira (at number ten) in September and Roger Waters (number seven) in October.

In an unusual finish below fifth place, the Gershwin Theatre still performed well this week, coming in at number seven. The Gershwin continues to enjoy robust ticket sales for its hit musical Wicked, which this week took number one in TicketNews’ Top Broadway Events, Top Theater Events and Top Combined Events categories. The Gershwin Theatre ended the week with a power score of 1.66.

Having spent much of the summer out of the top ten, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, made a return this week for the first time since late June, coming in at number eight and power scoring a 1.59. The home to the LA Kings, the LA Clippers and the NBA Champion LA Lakers just saw a two date performance by Lady Gaga (at number two in Top Concerts), one of the hottest ticket sellers this year. Also in Staples’ blockbuster line up this season are Shakira and Justin Bieber in October and the So You Think You Can Dance? tour (at number two in Top Theater this week) and Roger Waters in November.

Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, fell in the rankings this week, down five to the number nine position. A venue which brings traveling companies of Broadway shows to west coast audiences, the Orpheum is currently running “Wicked” through September 5. The Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco power scored a 1.54 this week.

Also down in the rankings this week was Fenway Park, which dropped three to finish the week at number ten. Power scoring a 1.36, the Park is home to the Boston Red Sox, whose still-strong ticket sales took the team to number four in this week’s Top Sports rankings. Also boosting the Park’s numbers this week was an August 14 Aerosmith concert opened by Boston favorites The J. Geils Band.

The NFL started their preseason play this week helping football venues stake their claim in the top ten rankings this week. The Gershwin and the Orpheum in San Francisco are the only two theaters to make it into 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 8/15/2010

1 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets2.84
2 New Yankee Stadium Tickets2.30
3 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets1.77
4 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets1.77
5 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets1.73
6 Madison Square Garden Tickets1.67
7 Gershwin Theatre Tickets1.66
8 Staples Center Tickets1.59
9 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets1.54
10 Fenway Park Tickets1.36
11 Consol Energy Center Tickets1.14
12 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets1.12
13 Gillette Stadium Tickets1.06
14 Rangers Ballpark In Arlington Tickets1.03
15 Target Field Tickets1.02
16 Metrodome Tickets0.93
17 Qualcomm Stadium Tickets0.93
18 American Airlines Arena Tickets0.88
19 Reliant Stadium Tickets0.86
20 Heinz Field Tickets0.84