TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, February 13, and Madison Square Garden (MSG) regained the top spot this...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, February 13, and Madison Square Garden (MSG) regained the top spot this week that it had lost to Super Bowl XLV’s venue Dallas Cowboys Stadium three weeks ago.

A music and sports arena, MSG benefitted this week from Prince’s February 7 concert, the last of three appearances he made at the venue this season. Set to arrive later this month is Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi, with Elton John arriving in March. MSG is also home to the New York Knicks, who hit at number three in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings, and the New York Rangers. The popular WWE tour, at number six in this week’s Top Sports, makes a stop at MSG in March. MSG power scored a 3.47 this week.

In at number two this week was the TD Garden in Boston, MA. The Garden has two popular teams in house, the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. In music, the venue will see performances by Lady Gaga in March, and Katy Perry and Glee Live in June. Keith Urban arrives in July. In other performance, the Garden will have Disney On Ice: Toy Story 3 for several shows later this month. The TD Garden power scored a 2.48 this week.

The Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, made an unusual appearance in the rankings this week, in at number three and power scoring a 2.37. The Centre has a number of top selling events coming up, including “Disney On Ice: Toy Story 3” and the Monster Energy Supercross tour in March, as well as this week’s leader in the Top Sports rankings, UFC 129 in April.

Up two to number four this week was the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Home to both the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers, the Center also has a number of top selling musical acts arriving in the coming weeks, including Bon Jovi, Elton John and Lil Wayne all in March. Glee Live and Katy Perry perform in June, and Keith Urban makes a stop in July.

Amway Center in Orlando, FL, made its seasonal debut in the top ten this week, coming in at number five and power scoring a 2.12. The Center got a big boost from sales from its Orlando Magic, who finished the week at number eight in the Top Sports rankings. In music, the venue will have Lady Gaga in April, Bon Jovi in May and Taylor Swift in June. The WWE tour makes a stop at the Center in May.

Another Florida venue, the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, debuted this week at number six. The Center is home to the Florida Panthers of the NHL, and it also has a number of top selling musical acts on tap for the coming months. Included in the venue’s roster this season are Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga in April, with Katy Perry coming in June. Arriving for a number of shows in late July is the well-performing Cirque Du Soleil production Alegria, which took number ten in this week’s Top Theater rankings. The Bank Atlantic Center finished the week with a power score of 1.93.

Down three this week to take the number six spot was the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The home to both the New Jersey Devils and the Nets has a blockbuster schedule of musical talent arriving this spring and summer, starting with Lady Gaga in April, Katy Perry in June, and Keith Urban and Taylor Swift (booked for four shows) in July. The Prudential Center power scored a 1.56 this week.

In a week of debuts, the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota made its first top ten appearance this season, in at number eight and power scoring a 1.53. The Center is home to the Minnesota Wild of the NHL, and in music, it has upcoming performances from the likes of Taylor Swift in June and Katy Perry in July.

Falling one this week, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, hit at number nine in the rankings. Staples is of course home to the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Kings. The venue will also host the NBA All Star Game on February 20. In March, Lady Gaga plays the arena, followed by Glee Live in May, Taylor Swift in August and Keith Urban in October. The Staples Center finished the week with a power score of 1.53.

Canadian venues scored big in this week’s rankings, with another venue north of the border making it into the top ten. Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, hit at number ten this week, power scoring a 1.42. Rogers is home to the Vancouver Canucks, who are very hot right now and currently sit at the top of both the Northwestern Division and the Western Conference of the NHL. In concerts, the venue will see Bon Jovi in March, Lil Wayne in April, Katy Perry in July, and Taylor Swift and Keith Urban in September.

Indoor sports and concert arenas, particularly those hosting hockey teams, performed well this week. Hockey sales this week seem to have brought venues to the rankings that rarely appear in the 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 2/13/2011

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.47
2 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 2.48
3 Rogers Centre Tickets 2.37
4 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 2.26
5 Amway Center Tickets 2.12
6 Bank Atlantic Center Tickets 1.93
7 Prudential Center Tickets 1.56
8 Xcel Energy Center Tickets 1.53
9 Staples Center Tickets 1.53
10 Rogers Arena (formerly General Motors Place) Tickets 1.42
11 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.25
12 United Center Tickets 1.20
13 Nassau Coliseum Tickets 1.18
14 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.11
15 Rexall Place Tickets 1.09
16 Scottrade Center Tickets 1.07
17 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.04
18 Bank Of Oklahoma Center Tickets 0.97
19 American Airlines Arena Tickets 0.96
20 Philips Arena Tickets 0.95

By Kelly McWilliams