TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, April 10, and this week Madison Square Garden (MSG) once again took...

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, April 10, and this week Madison Square Garden (MSG) once again took number one after four weeks out of the top position. MSG’s popular sports teams, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, are playing well this season, both having clinched playoff berths in their divisions.

In music, MSG’s numbers likely got a boost from last week’s performance by Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks on their “Heart and Soul” tour. In upcoming concerts, Taylor Swift, dominating this week’s Top Concert rankings, takes the stage for two shows in November. Madison Square Garden finished the week with a power score of 2.16.

The Eugene O’Neill Theater moved up two spots in the rankings this week, power scoring a 1.87. The theater is home to Broadway’s new hit musical, The Book of Mormon, which made it to number one in this week’s Top Broadway rankings and number two in the Top Theater rankings.

Making a rare appearance in top ten this week was the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO, finishing the week at number three and power scoring a 1.62. The Denver Nuggets have played well this season and recently clinched a playoff berth despite trading Carmelo Anthony mid-season. In music, Sade with John Legend arrive in August, and Taylor Swift takes the stage in September.

Thanks to Celine Dion and her new Vegas show, the Caesars Palace – Colosseum stayed strong in the rankings this week, down just one to take the number four spot. Dion, in residence at the venue for the next three year, once again took top honors in this week’s Top Vegas Events rankings, and all signs point to another successful run in Sin City for the wildly popular performer. Caesars Palace power scored a 1.55 this week.

Next, holding steady at number five was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. With a power score of 1.47 this week, Staples is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, who have clinched their Pacific Division. The Lakers secondary market sales remain strong, this week taking the team to number five in TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings. Staples also houses the NBA’s Clippers, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, and the NHL’s Kings, who have clinched a playoff berth.

In concerts, Staples has Lil Wayne arriving in April. The month of August sees long stands from top performers, with Taylor Swift taking the stage for four shows and Sade and John Legend for three shows. Also making a stop in August is the fan favorite WWE tour.

At number six, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City remains a strong top ten finisher due to the continued success of its hit musical, Wicked, which this week took number one in Top Theater and number two in the Top Broadway rankings. The Gershwin power scored a 1.43 this week.

Finishing the week at number seven was the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. The Arena is home to the Miami Heat, who have clinched their Southeast Division and are headed to the playoffs. In other performances, Lady Gaga hits the stage this week and the WWE arrives in May. The American Airlines Arena finished the week with a power score of 1.38.

The Toyota Center in Houston, TX came in at number eight this week, power scoring a 1.36. The Center is home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets who have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Center has a number of top musical acts arriving in the coming months, including Lil Wayne and Bob Seger in April and Sade with John Legend in July.

Baseball took over the remainder of the top ten, with Fenway Park in Boston, MA and Yankee Stadium in New York at nine and ten, respectively.

This week, arenas for playoff-bound NBA teams, particularly those doubling as concert arenas, populated the top ten. As baseball season begins, MLB stadiums are appearing in greater numbers on the list. The Eugene O’Neill again joins the Gershwin for a total of 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 4/10/2011

       Venue Score
1 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.16
2 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 1.87
3 Pepsi Center Tickets 1.62
4 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.55
5 Staples Center Tickets 1.47
6 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.43
7 American Airlines Arena Tickets 1.38
8 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 1.36
9 Fenway Park Tickets 1.31
10 Yankee Stadium Tickets 1.20
11 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.01
12 Molson Amphitheatre Tickets 1.00
13 St. Pete Times Forum Tickets 0.98
14 EnergySolutions Arena (formerly The Delta Center) Tickets 0.94
15 United Center Tickets 0.89
16 Frank Erwin Center Tickets 0.85
17 Air Canada Centre Tickets 0.84
18 Oklahoma City Arena (formerly Ford Center) Tickets 0.80
19 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 0.76
20 American Airlines Center Tickets 0.74