Ticket sales for Celine Dion’s newly opened Las Vegas show are hot this week, taking the Caesars Palace – Colosseum to number one in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, March 27.

The rankings leader for the second week in a row, the venue is home for the next three years to Dion, who crushed all rivals in TicketNews’ Top Vegas Events rankings, even making it to three in this week’s Top Concerts and four in the Top Events rankings. Caesars Palace – Colosseum power scored a 2.23 this week.

Next, the Prudential Center made a big move this week, up five to take the number two slot with a power score of 2.08. The home of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils was the setting this weekend for the NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional semi-finals and final. In music, Lady Gaga hits the stage in April.

Bumped by both Celine Dion and NCAA tournament play, Madison Square Garden (MSG) dropped one this week to take the number three position. MSG’s New York Knicks, hitting at number eight in Top Sports, certainly helped keep the venue strong in the rankings, as did its other home team, the New York Rangers.

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In music, the venue has Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks in April, and Taylor Swift arrives in November. Madison Square Garden finished the week with a power score of 2.07.

Also losing some ground this week was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, down one to the number four position. Power scoring a 2.01, Staples is home to the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Staples’ numbers got a boost from this week’s visit by Lady Gaga, while Lil Wayne performs in April. Taylor Swift arrives in August for four shows, and the fan favorite WWE tour also makes an appearance in August.

The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI, made a rare appearance in the rankings this week, in at number five. The home to the Detroit Pistons also has scheduled dates with musical artists like Lil Wayne in April and Bob Seger for three shows in May. The Palace of Auburn Hills power scored a 1.78 this week.

Up four spots from last week was the New Meadowlands Stadium, coming in at number six and power scoring a 1.57. The three-day Bamboozle Festival begins on April 29, with Lil Wayne taking the stage on the festival’s last day. Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band perform at the Stadium in August. In sports, the Meadowlands has the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal on June 18, with both USA Men’s Soccer and the Mexico national team entering CONCACAF Gold Cup play in early June.

The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, advanced two spots from last week, finishing at number seven and power scoring a 1.54. The home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks was the site of last week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball West Regional, where the UConn Huskies advanced to the Final Four. In music, Lady Gaga takes the stage this week, and Lil Wayne appears in April.

After one week away, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City made it back into the top ten this week, in at eight and power scoring a 1.43. The Gershwin continues to benefit week after week from robust sales for its long running musical Wicked, which once again this week took top honors in the Top Theater, Top Broadway and Top Events rankings.

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Dropping one to number nine was the TD Garden in Boston, MA. The Garden is home to the Boston Celtics of the NBA, as well as the Boston Bruins of the NHL. In music, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks arrive this week, and Bob Seger performs in April. The TD Garden finished the week with a power score of 1.41.

Rounding out the week’s top ten was New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, making its debut at number ten. The theater is home to the new Broadway play, the The Book of Mormon, which sold well enough this week to take number two in both the Top Broadway and Top Theater rankings. The Eugene O’Neill Theatre finished the week with a power score of 1.16.

NCAA Tournament venues ranked high this week, as did indoor concert venues, particularly those with winning NBA teams. The Eugene O’Neill joined the Gershwin on the list, making two theater venues in 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 3/27/2011

       Venue Score
1 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 2.23
2 Prudential Center Tickets 2.08
3 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.07
4 Staples Center Tickets 2.01
5 Palace Of Auburn Hills Tickets 1.78
6 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 1.57
7 Honda Center (formerly Arrowhead Pond) Tickets 1.54
8 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.43
9 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.41
10 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 1.16
11 United Center Tickets 1.10
12 Tennis Center At Crandon Park Tickets 1.08
13 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.03
14 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.03
15 Yankee Stadium Tickets 0.93
16 Verizon Center – DC Tickets 0.86
17 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 0.85
18 Augusta National Golf Club Tickets 0.85
19 Nassau Coliseum Tickets 0.84
20 Kennedy Center Opera House Tickets 0.83