FedEx Field came out of nowhere to become the top venue last week, according to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings. Zooming up from last week’s...

FedEx Field came out of nowhere to become the top venue last week, according to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings. Zooming up from last week’s No. 15 spot, the Landover, MD venue is host this July for a match between two world-renowned soccer teams, Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

Currently the English Premier League’s top team and 18-time winner of the League title, Manchester United is the most celebrated and successful soccer team in England right now, while FC Barcelona is one of the most accomplished teams in Spanish soccer history. Ticket sales for Manchester United, also scheduled to play a number of American teams here as well this summer, were strong enough this week to take the club to No. 1 in TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings.

In music, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band takes the stage in June. FedEx Field power scored a 2.77 this week.

After two weeks at the top of the list, Madison Square Garden (MSG) was bumped down to number two this week, power scoring a 2.61. This past weekend, MSG hosted games three and four of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between its New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, with the Celts sweeping the series 4-0. Last week, the venue also hosted games three and four of the New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals, the Rangers lost that the series 4 games to 1.

In concerts, Taylor Swift, again heading up this week’s Top Concert rankings, performs in November, as does Josh Groban.

Up one this week was the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City, finishing at number three and a power scoring a 1.80. 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.

The Gershwin Theatre followed closely behind its Broadway neighbor this week, moving up one to take the number four spot. The Gershwin’s long-running production of Wicked still sells strong enough to a reliable top ten finisher. The Gershwin power scored a 1.63 this week.

The Forum – CA in Inglewood, CA, dropped two this week to take the number five spot, power scoring a 1.55. In May, the Forum is host to German hard rock band Rammstein as well as metal band System of a Down. Grunge band Soundgarden arrives in July.

Returning to the list at number six, Gillette Stadium is host this summer to a number of soccer events, including a USA Men’s Soccer match against the Spanish National Team in June. Gillette’s roster includes a whole season of New England Revolution soccer, a highlight being their game against Manchester United in July. In music, the stadium has Taylor Swift for two shows in June and Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band for two in August. Gillette Stadium power scored a 1.46 this week.

Down one this week was the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, in at number seven and power scoring a 1.39. Last week, Staples was host to games one and two of the NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals between its LA Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets. With the series tied at two games apiece, the venue will be host host game five tonight, and, if necessary, a game seven on April 30. Staples also hosted games three, four and six of its Los Angeles Kings in the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks, the Sharks winning the series last night.

In music, the venue has Glee Live coming for two shows in May, Sade and John Legend for three shows in August, followed by Taylor Swift for four shows.

Down one to number eight was the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is preparing for the May 7 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Tickets sales for the event continue to be strong, this week taking Pacquiao to number ten in the Top Sports rankings. Sade and John Legend arrive in September to perform at the MGM. The venue finished the week with a power score of 1.38.

Dropping seven spots this week to number nine was the TD Garden (Fleet Center) in Boston, MA. The Garden was host last week to games one and two of its Boston Celtics’ four game sweep of the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The venue also hosted games one, two and five of the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, with the Bruins leading the series 3-2. Game six will take place at the Centre Bell in Montreal tonight and, if necessary, the Garden will host a game seven on the April 27th.

In music, Katy Perry and Glee Live perform at the venue in June, and Sade and John Legend arrive in July. The TD Garden finished the week with a power score of 1.34.

Rounding out the list this week was the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY, in at ten with a power score of 1.32. The Stadium is home to the New York Yankees.

NBA playoff and soccer venues dominated the list this week. The Eugene O’Neill and the Gershwin were the only theater venues to make it into 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 4/24/2011

       Venue Score
1 Fedex Field Tickets 2.77
2 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.61
3 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 1.80
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.63
5 The Forum – CA Tickets 1.55
6 Gillette Stadium Tickets 1.46
7 Staples Center Tickets 1.39
8 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.38
9 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.34
10 Yankee Stadium Tickets 1.32
11 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.19
12 Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets 1.16
13 Fenway Park Tickets 0.93
14 New Orleans Arena Tickets 0.90
15 United Center Tickets 0.81
16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Tickets 0.78
17 Beacon Theatre Tickets 0.77
18 Bridgestone Arena (Formerly Sommet Center) Tickets 0.75
19 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 0.74
20 American Airlines Arena Tickets 0.73