For the third week in a row, the New Yankee Stadium took the top spot in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings. Claiming number one for...

For the third week in a row, the New Yankee Stadium took the top spot in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings.

Claiming number one for the week ending Sunday, August 1, the stadium has now taken the number one spot for six of the past seven weeks of rankings. This week, the New York Yankees held the leader position on TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings for the seventh week running on continued strong ticket sales. Also boosting the venue’s numbers this week is a two date appearance in September by Jay Z and Eminem, which took number four in this week’s Top Concert Events rankings. The new Yankee Stadium finished the week with a power score of 2.79.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX made a big move this week, up five to take the number two spot. The Stadium is of course home to the Dallas Cowboys, whose ticket sales took them to number three in this week’s Top Sports. In addition to pre-season and regular season games, the Stadium also will host the team against the Cincinnati Bengals in this weekend’s Hall of Fame game. In addition, the venue has hosting duties for Super Bowl XLV, (at number nine in Top Sports this week) to take place on February 6, 2011. Dallas Cowboys Stadium power scored a 2.45 this week.

Next, the Gershwin Theatre dropped a spot to land at number three this week. Power scoring a 2.19, the Gershwin continues to finish strong in the top five on still robust ticket sales for its long running hit musical, Wicked.

The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, showed upward mobility this week, jumping four spots to finish the week at number four. The new home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, also plays host to the USA vs. Brazil soccer match on August 10, which took number five in this week’s Top Sports. The New Meadowlands Stadium had a power score of 1.89 for the week.

Dropping one to number five this week was Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The Park’s legendary Boston Red Sox, who sit just behind the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, maintain solid ticket sales which have kept them among the best five finishers in the Top Sports Rankings throughout the season. This week, the Red Sox hit at number two in Top Sports. In music, the Park hosts Aerosmith (at number six in Top Concerts this week) with Boston favorites The J. Geils Band on August 14. Fenway Park finished the week with a power score of 1.82.

Down one to number six, the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, joins Gershwin Theatre as the only other theater venue in this week’s top ten. Bringing traveling companies of Broadway shows to west coast audiences, the Orpheum is in the middle of a run of “Wicked” through September 5. The Orpheum power scored a 1.64 this week.

Slipping four down to number seven this week was the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. This week saw an appearance by Rush, (number nine in Top Concerts), who recently were the target of a class-action law suit over their cancellation of an outdoor show in Chicago. Aerosmith and Kiss each take the stage of the outdoor amphitheater in mid-August. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater power scored a 1.63 this week.

Number eight’s Madison Square Garden (MSG) also fell in the rankings this week, down two from last week with a power score of 1.34. The home to the New York Rangers and New York Knicks also has a full roster of musical artists in the coming months, including Justin Bieber (at number one in Top Concerts) in August, Shakira in September and Roger Waters (at number five) in October.

Next, Target Field made a return to the top ten after a three week absence. Finishing at number nine and power scoring a 1.30, Target Field is the new home to the Minnesota Twins, who are just out of first place in the American League Central Division. The team has enjoyed consistently strong ticket sales this summer, finishing high in the Top Sports Rankings throughout the season and this week landing at number four.

After several weeks away, Reliant Stadium also found its way back into the top ten this week. Finishing the week at number ten, the Stadium is home to Houston Texans football and also plays host to the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship in April of 2011. Reliant Stadium power scored a 1.22 this week.

As the intersection of baseball and football season approaches, outdoor sports venues appeared to dominate the list this week. The Gershwin and the Orpheum were the two theater venues 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 8/1/2010

       Venue Score
1 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 2.79
2 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 2.45
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.19
4 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 1.89
5 Fenway Park Tickets 1.82
6 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.64
7 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.63
8 Madison Square Garden Tickets 1.34
9 Target Field Tickets 1.30
10 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.22
11 Soldier Field Stadium Tickets 1.22
12 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets 1.15
13 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 0.99
14 Metrodome Tickets 0.93
15 Heinz Field Tickets 0.92
16 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre – NY Tickets 0.91
17 Tropicana Field Tickets 0.88
18 Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 0.84
19 Rangers Ballpark In Arlington Tickets 0.84
20 Staples Center Tickets 0.83