According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 19, Yankee Stadium held firm to its leader position of last week,...

According to TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 19, Yankee Stadium held firm to its leader position of last week, taking the top spot for two weeks running.

The Stadium’s New York Yankees had strong enough secondary sales to take the team to No. 4 on this week’s Top Sports Events rankings, despite strong competition from the CONCACAF soccer tournament. But the primary contributor to the Stadium’s impressive performance has to be Paul McCartney and his On the Run tour, which dominated both this week’s Top Concert and Top Events rankings. McCartney just added a second date to his much-anticipated mid-July appearance at the Stadium and will now play the venue on July 15 and 16. Yankee Stadium finished the week with a power score of 5.07.

Also holding in place from last week was Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theater, keeping its No. 2 spot and power scoring a 4.18. The theater is home to this year’s multiple Tony Award winner The Book of Mormon, which this week took No. 1 in both the Top Broadway rankings and Top Theater rankings, as well as No. 2 in the Top Events category.

In at No. 3 this week was Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. The storied home of the Chicago Cubs shot up through the rankings from nowhere to make its seasonal debut in the top ten this week. The Cubbies sold well enough this week to take the team to No. 6 in the Top Sports rankings, but, again, Paul McCartney’s upcoming concerts, scheduled for July, likely helped to tip the scales for Wrigley this week. Wrigley Field power scored a 4.15.

The surging popularity of soccer this summer likely contributed to a strong performance by the New Meadowlands Stadium this week, returning to the top ten after a one week hiatus and coming in at No. 4. The East Rutherford, NJ home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, hosted a CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal doubleheader on June 18.

In music, the Stadium will see a July 20 performance from legendary rock band U2, who made it to No. 3 in this week’s Top Concert rankings. The New Meadowlands Stadium power scored a 4.03.

Paul McCartney helped to put another baseball stadium rise up the rankings this week, with the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH finishing at No. 5 with a power score of 3.16. The Park is home to the MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, but McCartney interrupts the season on August 4 to bring his popular tour to Ohio.

Comerica Park in Detroit, home field to the Detroit Tigers, finished at No. 6, is similarly blessed this summer, hosting a date from McCartney’s tour on July 24. In other music, the Kid Rock, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos tour will play the Park for two dates in mid-August. Comerica Park power scored a 3.05 this week.

Back in the top ten for the first time since early April, Houston’s Reliant Stadium finished the week at No. 7, power scoring a 1.70. Home to the locked-out Houston Texans, Reliant is the site for the Mexico-Honduras CONCACAF Soccer Semifinals later this week, with CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer making it to No. 2 in this week’s Top Sports rankings.

Down one this week to No. 8 was the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, currently hosting the very popular Celine Dion. The venue also has Rod Stewart arriving in late August for his own run, with Elton John arriving in September and Shania Twain making her long awaited return to the stage in December. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace power scored a 1.56 this week.

Dropping three this week to take the No. 9 spot was the Gershwin Theatre in New York City. Power scoring a 1.33, the theater is Broadway’s home to the long-running hit musical Wicked, with secondary market sales for the production taking it to No. 2 in both the Top Theater and Top Broadway rankings.

Just out of the top ten at number eleven last week, Fenway Park in Boston, MA, made a return to the rankings at No. 10, power scoring a 1.29. The Park is home to the legendary Boston Red Sox, whose sales took the team to No. 3 in this week’s CONCACAF-heavy Top Sports rankings.

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 6/19/2011

       Venue Score
1 Yankee Stadium Tickets 5.07
2 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 4.18
3 Wrigley Field Tickets 4.15
4 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 4.03
5 Great American Ball Park Tickets 3.16
6 Comerica Park Tickets 3.05
7 Reliant Stadium Tickets 1.70
8 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.56
9 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.33
10 Fenway Park Tickets 1.29
11 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 1.17
12 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets 1.13
13 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.05
14 Angel Stadium Tickets 0.93
15 Rogers Arena (formerly General Motors Place) Tickets 0.93
16 Foxwoods Theater (formerly Hilton Theater) – Ford Center for Performing Arts – NY Tickets 0.84
17 Kennedy Center Opera House Tickets 0.82
18 Comcast Center – MA (formerly Tweeter Center) Tickets 0.75
19 Staples Center Tickets 0.70
20 Rfk Stadium Tickets 0.69