American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL was the hottest selling venue for the week ending Sunday, May 22, according to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings...

American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL was the hottest selling venue for the week ending Sunday, May 22, according to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week.

The venue, up from last week’s No. 3, hosted Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between its Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, and will host Game 4 and a possible Game 6. Sales for the three possible home game took the series to No. 1 in TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings and No. 3 in this week’s Top Event rankings.

In music, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj hit the stage in July, as do Sade and John Legend. Taylor Swift performs in November. The American Airlines Arena finished the week with a power score of 2.39.

Knocked from its leader position of last week was the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City, in at No. 2 and power scoring a 1.87. The Broadway theater is home to the new hit musical The Book of Mormon, which made it to No. 1 in this week’s Top Broadway rankings and No. 2 in the Top Theater rankings.

Following closely behind its Broadway neighbor this week at No. 3 was the Gershwin Theatre, back in the top five for the first time in four weeks. The Gershwin’s long-running production of Wicked sold well enough this week to take No. 1 in the week’s Top Theater rankings and No. 2 in both the Top Broadway and Top Events categories. The Gershwin power scored a 1.78.

Down two this week was Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, hitting at No. 4 and power scoring a 1.64. The Stadium is home to the iconic New York Yankees, whose secondary sales this week took the team to No. 2 in Top Sports.

Dropping one to No. 5 was the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. The Pavilion hosted Game 3 and 4 of the San Jose Sharks’ NHL Western Conference Finals series against the Vancouver Canucks, with the Canucks currently leading the series 3-1. If necessary, the venue will also host Game 6 in the series.

In concerts, the Pavilion hosts Glee Live for two shows this week, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in June, and the American Idols Live tour in July. Katy Perry and Sade and John Legend take the stage in August. The HP Pavilion power scored a 1.63 this week.

Home to the Dallas Mavericks, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX returned to the top ten after a one week absence, in at No. 6 and power scoring a 1.41. The venue hosted Game 1 and 2, and will host Game 5 and a possible Game 7 of the Mavericks’ Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In music, July will see the tours of both Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj and Sade and John Legend.

The Oklahoma City Arena (formerly Ford Center) in Oklahoma City, OK, came in right behind its Western Conference Finals counterpart this week, debuting on the list at No. 7 and power scoring a 1.29. The home court to the Thunder hosted Game 3 and 4, and if necessary will host Game 6, in its series against the Mavericks. In performance dates, Taylor Swift visits the Arena in October.

Moving up two this week to No. 8 was Chicago’s United Center. The venue hosted Game 1 and 2 of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat, and it will host Game 5 and a possible Game 7 of the series as well. The Center also has a number of top selling artists arriving in the coming months, including Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in July and Sade and John Legend in August. The United Center power scored a 1.20 this week.

Back in the top ten for the first time in six weeks was Fenway Park in Boston, MA, in at No. 9 and power scoring a 1.18. Fenway is home to the legendary Boston Red Sox whose secondary sales took them to No. 4 in this week’s Top Sports rankings.

Finishing out the top ten was the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Down two to No. 10 this week, the Garden hosted Game 1, 2 and 5, and will host a possible Game 7 of its Boston Bruins’ Eastern Conference Finals series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In concerts, the Garden has Glee Live and Katy Perry in June, Sade and John Legend in July, and Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in August. The TD Garden power scored a 1.16.

NBA and NHL playoffs took center stage in the rankings this week, with indoor concert venues still ranking high on the list. The Eugene O’Neill and the Gershwin were the two theater venues to rank 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 5/22/2011

       Venue Score
1 American Airlines Arena Tickets 2.39
2 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 1.87
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.78
4 Yankee Stadium Tickets 1.64
5 HP Pavilion Tickets 1.63
6 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.41
7 Oklahoma City Arena (formerly Ford Center) Tickets 1.29
8 United Center Tickets 1.20
9 Fenway Park Tickets 1.18
10 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 1.16
11 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.15
12 St. Pete Times Forum Tickets 1.06
13 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.03
14 Fedex Field Tickets 1.01
15 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.01
16 The Forum – CA Tickets 0.92
17 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 0.85
18 Beacon Theatre Tickets 0.82
19 Prudential Center Tickets 0.82
20 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 0.80