TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, July 17, and this week the Eugene O’Neill Theatre kept its No....

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, July 17, and this week the Eugene O’Neill Theatre kept its No. 1 perch, now leading the pack for a total of three consecutive weeks.

The theater is home to the award winning musical from the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon, which this week took No. 1 in TicketNews’ Top Broadway rankings and No. 2 in the week’s Top Theater and Top Events rankings. The Eugene O’Neill power scored a 3.10 this week.

Up eight spots to hit at No. 2 was the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is gearing up for a September 17 bout between five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and WBC World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz. In music, Sade and John Legend take the MGM stage in early September. The MGM Grand Garden Arena finished the week with a power score of 2.25.

Down one to No. 3 this week was Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. With a power score of 2.17, the Stadium is home to the New York Yankees, whose secondary sales took the team to a third place finish in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. Also boosting the venue’s number this week were this weekend’s two performances by rock legend Paul McCartney, kicking off his much anticipated summer swing through North America.

Yet another entry from New York hit the top five this week, with Broadway’s celebrated Gershwin Theatre, dropping one spot to take No. 4. The theater is home to the long-running hit musical Wicked, which this week took No. 1 in both the Top Events and Top Theater categories and finished just behind “The Book of Mormon” at No. 2 in the Top Broadway list. The Gershwin power scored a 1.64 this week.

Next, jumping five spots to finish at No. 5 was FedEx Field in Landover, MD. With a power score of 1.51, the home of the Washington Redskins will be host on July 30 for a match between two world-renown soccer teams, Manchester United, currently on an off-season summer playing tour of the U.S., and FC Barcelona. The 19-time winner of the English Premier League title, Man U. is the most successful soccer team throughout England, while FC Barcelona currently rules Spanish and European soccer. This week, secondary ticket sales for Man U. made the team No. 1 in the Top Sports rankings, with FC Barcelona’s sales getting the team to No. 8.

Benefitting from both this summer’s soccer craze and the legendary popularity of U2, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, came out of nowhere to finish the week at No. 6. The autumn home to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, the stadium will host a game between Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and Spain’s most successful soccer team, Real Madrid.

The stadium’s numbers were also certainly boosted by last week’s visit from U2, who had strong enough sales to finish at No. 4 in this week’s Top Concerts. In other music, Taylor Swift performs at the stadium on August 6. Lincoln Financial Field power scored a 1.43 this week.

Down two to land at No. 7 was the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. An outdoor amphitheater featuring a variety of popular musical artists each summer, the Nikon’s schedule this season includes Motown icon Aretha Franklin on July 27, the 70’s nostalgia tour of Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger on August 17, and current pop phenomenon Kesha on August 20. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater power scored a 1.41 this week.

Down sharply from last week’s No. 4 was Fenway Park in Boston, MA, in at eight and power scoring a 1.31. Fenway is home to AL East leaders the Boston Red Sox, whose ticket sales have remained strong all summer, this week taking the team to No. 2 in Top Sports.

Also down this week was Las Vegas’ Colosseum at Caesars Palace, dropping three spots to finish the week at No. 9. The venue is currently hosting the three year residency of pop legend Celine Dion, and it is preparing for a number of other top artists to begin their own stays, including Rod Stewart arriving in late August, Elton John in September and Shania Twain in December. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace power scored a 1.28 this week.

Rounding out this week’s top ten was Radio City Music Hall in New York. Power scoring a 1.06, Radio City is home to the popular new Cirque Du Soleil production Zarkana, which hit at No. 3 in this week’s Top Broadway rankings. Come November, the venue opens the holiday production for which it is renown, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Radio City Music Hall power scored a 1.18 this week.

Both big stadiums and smaller theater venues cashed in this week, with Major League Soccer and big acts like Paul McCartney and U2 bringing fans to the larger venues, and popular Broadway shows drawing audiences to New York theaters. Baseball venues had an anemic performance this week, with only two MLB stadiums making the top ten.

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 7/17/2011

       Venue Score
1 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 3.10
2 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 2.25
3 Yankee Stadium Tickets 2.17
4 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.64
5 Fedex Field Tickets 1.51
6 Lincoln Financial Field Tickets 1.43
7 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.41
8 Fenway Park Tickets 1.31
9 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.28
10 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.06
11 Bank Atlantic Center Tickets 1.03
12 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 1.02
13 Kennedy Center Opera House Tickets 0.96
14 Wrigley Field Tickets 0.95
15 Air Canada Centre Tickets 0.94
16 PNC Bank Arts Center Tickets 0.94
17 Target Field Tickets 0.89
18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tickets 0.87
19 DTE Energy Music Theatre Tickets 0.85
20 AT&T Park Tickets 0.84