TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 7, and with the World Series over, Madison Square Garden (MSG)...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 7, and with the World Series over, Madison Square Garden (MSG) has reclaimed the number one spot it last held in mid-October.

Power scoring an impressive 6.58 and up two spots from last week, MSG is home to the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks, who took number one in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings.

Also helping MSG’s numbers was last week’s performance by Roger Waters, who finished the week at number two in TicketNews’ Top Concert Events rankings. December has blockbuster performers Usher for two shows in December and Prince with a one performance right before the New Year’s holiday. Other top sellers arriving in the coming months include Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga, each playing two shows in February 2011.

Up two to number two this week, Radio City Music Hall continues its annual stay in the top ten on strong sales for perennial holiday favorite the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The popular Christmas show was number one in TicketNews’ Top Events rankings. Radio City Music Hall power scored a 2.88 this week.

TD Garden stayed strong in the venues rankings this week, also moving up two spots to the number five position. Each of the Garden’s premiere sports teams are enjoying solid ticket sales, with the Boston Celtics making it to number four in this week’s Top Sports rankings, and the Boston Bruins in at number six. The Garden will host a number of top musical artists in the coming weeks as well, including Justin Bieber in mid-November as well as Usher and seasonal favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in December. TD Garden power scored a 2.60 this week.

Gershwin Theatre also showed upward mobility this week, up two to take the number four spot. Power scoring a 2.46, the Gershwin continues to benefit from strong sales for its award winning hit musical Wicked.

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN finished the week in the top ten for the first time in months, landing at number five and power scoring a 1.85. Following a two-date appearance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in mid-December, Garth Brooks takes over with a nine-date stand. Usher arrives for one show at the end of December, and the WWE tour arrives in January.

The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, is enjoying a boost from ticket sales of its LA Lakers, who are at number three in this week’s Top Sports rankings. Up two to the number six spot this week, Staples also is home to the NBA’s LA Clippers and the NHL’s LA Kings. In music, the venue has top artists such as Usher, Roger Waters and Lady Gaga appearing in the coming months. Staples Center power scored a 1.84 this week.

Chicago’s Cadillac Palace is up two this week to take the number seven spot. Power scoring a 1.74, the theater is ending its run of the touring Lion King in late November, with “Wicked” opening in early December.

The Toyota Center in Houston, TX finished in the top ten for the first time in five weeks, coming in at number eight and power scoring a 1.62. The home to the Houston Rockets also has a full musical performance schedule for the coming months, including a run of Cirque Du Soleil’s Alegria this month, as well as performances by Usher and Roger Waters. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrives for two shows in December and Lady Gaga takes the stage in April. The popular WWE tour makes a December stop at the Center as well.

With a jam-packed sports and entertainment schedule this season, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA made it into the top ten this week, finishing at number nine and power scoring a 1.61. Home to both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers, the Center will also see musical performances from the likes of Roger Waters, Justin Bieber and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra this month, Usher in December and Bon Jovi in March. The venue also has a run of “Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3” starting in late December.

Dropping three spots to hang on at number ten this week was the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. In recent weeks, hometown team the Dallas Cowboys have seen their hopes of competing on their home turf in February’s Super Bowl XLV fall to pieces due to a dismal 1-7 start to their season. The big seller for the Stadium is this week’s bout between Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, with ticket sales taking the event to number seven in the Top Sports rankings. The Dallas Cowboys Stadium power scored a 1.57.

Indoor concert and sports arena populate the list this week, with the Gershwin and Cadillac Palace representing theater in the rankings. One football stadium remains in the top ten, but more for its hosting of Manny Pacquiao than for its lackluster football team.

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 10/24/2010

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 6.58
2

Radio City Music Hall Tickets

2.88
3 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.60
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 2.46
5 Bridgestone Arena (Formerly Sommet Center) Tickets 1.85
6 Staples Center Tickets 1.84
7 Cadillac Palace Tickets 1.74
8 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.62
9 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 1.61
10 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.57
11 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.52
12 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.26
13 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 1.24
14 Centre Bell Tickets 1.00
15 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 0.97
16 Heinz Field Tickets 0.94
17 Prudential Center Tickets 0.92
18 United Center Tickets 0.88
19 M&T Bank Stadium Tickets 0.85
20 American Airlines Center Tickets 0.80

By Kelly McWilliams