According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 21, Madison Square Garden (MSG) was able to keep a firm hold...

According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 21, Madison Square Garden (MSG) was able to keep a firm hold on the title of number one venue. With a power score of 5.21, MSG has now held the top spot for three consecutive weeks.

MSG’s numbers continue to get a boost each week from its two sports teams in seasonal play, the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers.

Also helping MSG’s performance in the rankings is an impressive roster of musical talent this season, including Michael Buble arriving in late November, Usher in December, and both Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga coming in February. The popular WWE tour, at number seven in this week’s Top Sports, arrives at the end of December.

Radio City Music Hall also remained a tough competitor this week, holding at number two for the third consecutive week. The venue hits high in the ranking each holiday season on strong sales for fan favorite the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which finished the week leading TicketNews’ Top Broadway, Top Theater and Top Events rankings. Radio City Music Hall power scored a 3.34.

Home to the New England Patriots of the NFL, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, made its seasonal debut in the top ten this week, coming in at number three and power scoring a 3.31. The AFC’s number two team is enjoying strong ticket sales this season, landing them at number five in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. The venue also benefits from robust sales for the Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band tour, which makes a stop at Foxborough in August of 2011.

The Georgia Dome dropped one this week to finish in the number four spot. The home to NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons will also play host to the 2010 SEC Championship between the Auburn Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks on December 4. The Georgia Dome ended the week with a power score of 2.99.

Moving up one this week to number four was the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Power scoring a 2.49, the Garden is home to two powerhouse teams, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins. The venue benefited from strong sales for last week’s appearance by Justin Bieber, at number seven in this week’s Top Concerts. Other top sellers scheduled to play the venue include Usher and holiday favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in December. The WWE tour arrives in January, and Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga take the stage in March. March also sees a run of Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, which ended the week at number ten in this week’s Top Theater rankings.

Also down one this week was the Gershwin Theatre, in at six and power scoring a 2.39. The Gershwin continues to benefit from strong sales for its long-running hit musical Wicked, which took second place in TicketNews’ Top Broadway, Top Theater and Top Events rankings.

Lincoln Financial Field is the second football venue making its debut in the rankings this week. In at number seven with a power score of 2.24, the Field is home to the Philadelphia Eagles, currently leading the NFC East and selling well enough to finish at number four in this week’s Top Sports rankings. The venue also hosts Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band in June, as well as U2 performing in July.

The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, bumped up one spot to take number eight this week. Staples is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA and Los Angeles Kings of the NFL. In music, the venue’s upcoming performers include Roger Waters later this month, Michael Buble in December and Lady Gaga in March. The Staples Center power scored a 2.04 this week.

As its Dallas Cowboys rally late in the season to bring their record to 3-7 and move up to number two in this week’s Top Sports rankings, Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX remains a top ten contender, this week dropping two spots to land at number nine. The coming weeks will also see the Stadium host the both the Cotton Bowl on January 7 and the Super Bowl XLV on February 6. Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band play the Stadium in April. Dallas Cowboys Stadium power scored a 1.92 this week.

Also making its top ten debut this week was the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. In at number ten with a power score of 1.70, the home to Texas Longhorns basketball will host the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in December, the George Strait/Reba McEntire/Lee Ann Womack tour in January and Lady Gaga in April. The WWE makes a stop at the venue in late December.

Indoor concert arenas and basketball venues populate the top ten this week, with some resurgence seen in football stadiums that have popular musical artists scheduled to perform. The Gershwin was the sole theater venue to make 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 11/21/2010

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 5.21
2 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 3.34
3 Gillette Stadium Tickets 3.31
4 Georgia Dome Tickets 2.99
5 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.49
6 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.39
7 Lincoln Financial Field Tickets 2.24
8 Staples Center Tickets 2.04
9 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.92
10 Frank Erwin Center Tickets 1.70
11 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.51
12 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 1.49
13 United Center Tickets 1.44
14 Cadillac Palace Tickets 1.39
15 Broadhurst Theatre Tickets 1.30
16 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.21
17 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.12
18 Centre Bell Tickets 1.04
19 St. Pete Times Forum Tickets 1.03
20 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 0.99

By Kelly McWilliams