TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 16, and for the fifth week running, Madison Square Garden (MSG)...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 16, and for the fifth week running, Madison Square Garden (MSG) dominated, power scoring a 5.22.

The home to both the New York Knicks and New York Rangers also has a number of top selling artists arriving in the coming months, including Prince both tonight and on February 7, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi in February, Elton John in March and Taylor Swift in July. The Garden also will play host to a run of the family favorite Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes through January 23.

NFL playoff venues made a strong showing this week, starting with
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The stadium, up four this week to take the number two spot, is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Baltimore Ravens on January 15 for a trip to the AFC Championship Game. This weekend, the team takes on the New York Jets for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. In upcoming concerts, the Stadium will host Taylor Swift in June and U2 in July. Heinz Field finished the week with a power score of 3.31.

Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX, made it into the top ten this week, hitting at number three and power scoring a 2.95. Reliant has the Monster Jam Trucks tour, which hit at number three in this week’s Top Sports, for two dates in late January and early February. In March, the venue hosts the very popular Houston Rodeo, this year featuring top sellers like Janet Jackson, Kid Rock and Jason Aldean.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, fell one this week to take the number four spot. The stadium is preparing to host Super Bowl XLV on February 6, which topped this week’s Top Sports rankings. Later in the month, the venue has the Monster Jam Trucks tour. Upcoming concerts include the Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band in April and Taylor Swift in October. Dallas Cowboys Stadium finished the week with a power score of 2.58.

At number five this week, Soldier Field in Chicago, IL is benefitting from the Chicago Bears’ run during this year’s NFL playoffs. The team is preparing to host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field for the NFC title this weekend. In concerts, U2 arrives in July. Soldier Field power scored a 2.56 this week.

Dropping four spots this week was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, down to number six with a power score of 2.27. Staples is home to the Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, as well as the NHL’s Kings. In upcoming concerts, Staples has Lady Gaga in March, the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour in July, and Taylor Swift for four shows in August.

The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA appeared in the top ten for the first time since mid-December, coming in at number seven this week. With a power score of 1.97, Wells Fargo is home to both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Bon Jovi and Elton John take the stage in March.

Up two from last week was number eight’s Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons, who were routed by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs on January 15. In February, the Monster Jam Trucks tour makes a stop at the venue. The Georgia Dome power scored a 1.97 this week.

Down two from last week, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, arrived in the number nine spot, power scoring a 1.87. The home to the popular New England Patriots was the venue for January 16’s AFC Divisional Playoff game where the New York Jets eliminated the Pats from the postseason, 28-21.

Falling hard from last week’s number four position was the TD Garden (Fleet Center) in Boston, MA, finishing the week at number ten. The Garden has two legendary hometown teams, the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics. In concerts, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi arrive in March, and the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour, hits the stage in June. The TD Garden power scored a 1.85 this week.

As the NFL postseason winds down, playoff venues dominated the top ten this week. Basketball and hockey venues also serving as indoor concert arenas also made a fair showing this week. There were no theater venues making the top ten in venues 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 1/16/2011

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 5.22
2 Heinz Field Tickets 3.31
3 Reliant Stadium Tickets 2.95
4 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 2.58
5 Soldier Field Stadium Tickets 2.56
6 Staples Center Tickets 2.27
7 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 1.97
8 Georgia Dome Tickets 1.97
9 Gillette Stadium Tickets 1.87
10 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.85
11 Cadillac Palace Tickets 1.56
12 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.52
13 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.39
14 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.31
15 United Center Tickets 1.29
16 Consol Energy Center Tickets 1.20
17 AT&T Center Tickets 1.16
18 Air Canada Centre Tickets

19 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.08
20 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 0.98