According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, March 13, Madison Square Garden (MSG) came in once again at number one, making this the fifth straight week that the venue has taken the top spot in the rankings.

Basketball helped to keep MSG in the leader position this week, with the venue just having completed hosting duties for the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament. Hometown team the New York Knicks also helped MSG’s numbers, selling enough tickets to take the number one spot in the Top Sports rankings. MSG will have the fan favorite WWE tour arrive for a stop this weekend.

In music, MSG has Elton John appearing for two shows this week. Also, tickets are already on sale for the April 2012 showing of Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal. The production, not scheduled to tour until October of this year, hit at number five this week in TicketNews’ Top Theater events rankings. MSG power scored a 4.31.

Making its top ten debut in second place was the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. The sports and concert venue has some top selling musical acts appearing in the coming weeks, including Bob Seger in May, Taylor Swift in August and Keith Urban in October. The WWE takes over the venue later this month. The Allstate Arena power scored a 1.98.

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Next, Houston’s Reliant Stadium held steady at number three this week, power scoring a 1.76. The Stadium is in the midst of hosting the popular Houston Rodeo, with Keith Urban hitting the stage last week and Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert performing this week. In sports, Reliant hosts the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four in early April.

Dropping two spots this week to take number four in the rankings was the TD Garden in Boston, MA. The Garden is home to the NBA’s Boston Celtics, who have clinched a playoff berth, as well as the NHL’s Boston Bruins. In music, Bob Seger arrives in April and Josh Groban performs in July. The TD Garden finished the week with a power score of 1.67.

Down one to number five was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. With a power score of 1.49, Staples is home to the LA Lakers, who lead the NBA’s Pacific Division and took number six in this week’s Top Sports, as well as to the LA Clippers and LA Kings. In music, Lady Gaga plays the arena later this month, followed by Lil Wayne in April and Josh Groban and Taylor Swift in August. In January of 2012, Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal” comes to Staples.

As Celine Dion prepares for tonight’s opening of her new Las Vegas show, the Caesars Palace – Colosseum once again made it into the top ten this week, heading up to number six after finishing last week at number eleven. Tonight’s performance at Caesars Palace will be the first of Dion’s scheduled three year run at the venue. The Caesars Palace – Colosseum power scored a 1.48 this week.

Number seven’s Kennedy Center Opera House got a boost this week from a scheduled run of Wicked playing at the venue from June through August. “Wicked” continues to enjoy solid sales this week, once again leading TicketNews’ Top Theater, Top Broadway and Top Combined Events rankings. The Kennedy Center Opera House finished the week with a power score of 1.46.

The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, made it into the top ten for the first time since March of last year. In at number eight, the home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, will also host rounds two and three of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In concerts, the venue has a number of top-selling artists in the coming months, including Lil Wayne later this month, Bob Seger and Lady Gaga in April, Josh Groban in June, and Keith Urban and Taylor Swift in July. The Quicken Loans Arena power scored a 1.44 this week.

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Down three this week to number nine was Chicago’s United Center. Power scoring a 1.38, the Center is home court for the Chicago Bulls, who have clinched the NBA’s Central Division title, as well as the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. And later this week, the venue will host rounds two and three of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In concerts, the Center has Lil Wayne in April and Josh Groban in July.

Rounding out the list this week was the Gershwin Theatre in New York City, which dropped one to take the number ten spot. While not consistently in the top five venues as it once was, the Gershwin still performs well week after week on continued robust sales for “Wicked”. The Gershwin power scored a 1.31 this week.

College basketball playoff venues ranked high this week, as did professional indoor sports and concert arenas. The Gershwin was the sole theater venue to make 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 3/13/2011

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 4.31
2 Allstate Arena Tickets 1.98
3 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.76
4 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.67
5 Staples Center Tickets 1.49
6 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.48
7 Kennedy Center Opera House Tickets 1.46
8 Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena) Tickets 1.44
9 United Center Tickets 1.38
10 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.31
11 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.21
12 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 1.06
13 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.05
14 Prudential Center Tickets 1.03
15 Comcast Center – MA (formerly Tweeter Center) Tickets 1.00
16 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (Formerly Virginia Beach Amphitheatre) Tickets 0.98
17 Greensboro Coliseum Tickets 0.97
18 American Airlines Center Tickets 0.96
19 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 0.96
20 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 0.87