For the third week running, Madison Square Garden (MSG) once again took number one in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings scoring an impressive 5.02 for...

For the third week running, Madison Square Garden (MSG) once again took number one in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings scoring an impressive 5.02 for the week ending Sunday, October 10.

MSG is of course home to the New York Rangers of the NHL, currently starting regular season play, and the New York Knicks of the NBA, still in preseason play. In music, MSG has a “who’s who” of popular artists arriving in the coming months. In early November, Roger Waters takes the stage for the last of three scheduled dates at the venue, followed by Michael Buble later in the month. December sees performances by Rammstein, Usher and Phish, who have a three date appearance for the New Year’s Eve holiday.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, grabbed the number two spot for the fourth week running, with a power score this week of 2.43. The Stadium is home to the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys, who still maintain strong enough ticket sales to take number two in this week’s Top Sports rankings. Mid-November brings the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito bout, but the rest of the season is all pigskin. College football’s Cotton Bowl takes place following the end of regular season NFL play on January 7, and Super Bowl XLV will be played at the stadium on February 6.

Holding at number three this week was the Gershwin Theatre, making a comeback to the top five after weeks in the bottom half of the rankings. The Gershwin still enjoys strong ticket sales week after week for its long running musical hit, Wicked, which this week topped TicketNews’ Top Broadway, Top Theater and Top Combined events rankings. The Gershwin Theatre power scored a 2.19.

For the first time since early September, the Metrodome made it back into the top ten, coming in at number four. With a power score of 1.53, the stadium is home to Brett Favre’s 1-3 Minnesota Vikings, whose ticket sales took them to number one in Top Sports this week.

Next, the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, made it back to the top ten for the first time since mid-September, in at number five this week. The Stadium is the new home this season to the New York Giants and New York Jets. The New Meadowlands Stadium power scored a 1.50.

Holding steady at number six this week was Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphins Stadium), with a power score of 1.44. Sun Life is home field for the 2-2 Miami Dolphins, hitting at number seven in this week’s Top Sports. In January, the venue also hosts the popular Orange Bowl.

The TD Garden (Fleet Center) fell three spots this week, landing at number seven. The Garden is home to both the Boston Bruins, currently 1-1 in regular season play, and the Boston Celtics, who are in preseason. In music, fans at the Garden will see the Dave Matthews Band, Justin Bieber and Michael Buble in the month of November. Usher and seasonal favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra take the stage in December. The TD Garden power scored a 1.44 this week.

Down one this week to the number eight slot was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Home to the NHL’s Kings and the NBA’s Lakers andClippers, the venue also hosts Shakira and Justin Bieber later this month. Usher and Roger Waters arrive in November, and Michael Buble appears in December. The Staples Center power scored a 1.36 this week.

Also down this week was the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, which fell four spots to take number nine. Power scoring a 1.34, the Arena is home to LeBron James and his Miami Heat, who have fans and the media abuzz the team’s Christmas Day matchup against the LA Lakers. In music, the venue also hosts Justin Bieber and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra this December.

With Wild Card winners the New York Yankees defeating the Minnesota Twins in three game sweep in the ALDS, the New Yankee Stadium sustained its top ten status this week, finishing the week at number ten and power scoring a 1.28. The Stadium had the October 9 game three of the series, when the Yankees clinched the title.

The team next competes in this week’s ALCS against either the Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers, with the Stadium hosting games three, four, and if necessary, five of the series.

Football and basketball venues competed for space in this week’s top ten, with four of each making the cut. The New Yankee Stadium was the sole remaining baseball venue at ten or above this week. Currently making a stronger showing than in recent weeks, the Gershwin was the sole theater venue finishing in this week’s 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 10/10/2010

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 5.02
2 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 2.43
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.19
4 Metrodome Tickets 1.53
5 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 1.50
6 Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 1.44
7 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.44
8 Staples Center Tickets 1.36
9 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.34
10 New Yankee Stadium Tickets 1.28
11 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.25
12 Cadillac Palace Tickets 1.23
13 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.15
14 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.07
15 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 1.07
16 Heinz Field Tickets 1.07
17 Gillette Stadium Tickets 1.02
18 Nassau Coliseum Tickets 0.98
19 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 0.97
20 Pantages Theatre – CA Tickets 0.97

By Kelly McWilliams