After a seven week absence from the top spot, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, once again took over first place in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings...

After a seven week absence from the top spot, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, once again took over first place in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, July 3.

The theater is home to this year’s nine-time Tony Award winner 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 3.55 this week.

In at No. 2 was Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, which jumped three spots this week and power scored a 2.32. The Stadium is home to the New York Yankees, whose secondary sales were strong enough to land them in second place in this week’s Top Sports Events rankings. But certainly also contributing to the Stadium’s performance this week were sales for Paul McCartney’s two much anticipated July dates at the venue. Hitting North American stages this summer with his On the Run tour, McCartney’s ticket sales this week took him to No. 2 in TicketNews’ Top Concert rankings.

Finishing the week not far behind its Broadway neighbor, the Gershwin Theatre in New York City moved up three to land at No. 3 in this week’s venues rankings. The theater is home to the blockbuster hit musical Wicked, which this week took No. 1 in both the Top Events and Top Theater categories, and No. 2 (behind “The Book of Mormon”) in the Top Broadway list. The Gershwin power scored a 1.83 this week.

Also moving up this week was the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, up three to No. 4 and power scoring a 1.63. The venue is currently hosting the three year residency of pop legend Celine Dion, and it has a number of other top stars in line to start their own runs, including Rod Stewart arriving in late August, Elton John in September and Shania Twain in December.

Dropping down to No. 5 from last week’s No. 1 was Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Power scoring a 1.62, Wrigley is home to the Chicago Cubs, whose secondary sales took the team to No. 6 in this week’s Top Sports rankings. However, the power of McCartney cannot be denied, with sales for his two performances at the end of this month surely also boosting Wrigley’s ranking this week.

Up two this week to No. 6 was the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor amphitheater in Wantagh, New York. Coming up this summer on the Nikon stage are Maroon 5 & Train, rock legends Yes and Styx, Motown icon Aretha Franklin, and Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance heading up the 10th Anniversary Honda Civic Tour. The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater finished the week with a power score of 1.45.

Also up two from last week was Fenway Park in Boston, MA, moving up to No. 7. Power scoring a 1.29, Fenway is of course home to the iconic Boston Red Sox, whose ticket sales took them to the top of this week’s Top Sports rankings.

The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, made its way back this week into the venues top ten, finishing at No. 8 and power scoring a 1.22. The legendary outdoor amphitheater has a variety of top musical acts on its summer roster, including the Blink 182/My Chemical Romance and Maroon 5/Train tours, jazz icon Herbie Hancock, and singer/songwriter Sarah McLaughlin.

Making a rare summer appearance in the venues top ten this week was Radio City Music Hall in New York. Radio City is host to the very hot 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-themed production for which it is known worldwide, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Radio City Music Hall power scored a 1.18 this week.

Up from its number twenty finish of last week, the Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium) came back to rank at No. 10, power scoring a 1.12. The Stadium is home to the MLB’s Florida Marlins and in August gets in on this summer’s U.S. soccer craze by hosting a match between FC Barcelona and Chivas de Guadalajara. The venue is also home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, currently in their fifth month of a lockout.

Theaters ranked very high in this week’s venues top ten. The usual summer winners, namely baseball stadiums and outdoor music arenas, also did well in the week’s 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 7/3/2011

       Venue Score
1 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 3.55
2 Yankee Stadium Tickets 2.32
3 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.83
4 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.63
5 Wrigley Field Tickets 1.62
6 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets 1.45
7 Fenway Park Tickets 1.29
8 Hollywood Bowl Tickets 1.22
9 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.18
10 Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Tickets 1.12
11 Kennedy Center Opera House Tickets 1.01
12 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets 1.01
13 Coors Field Tickets 0.99
14 PNC Bank Arts Center Tickets 0.99
15 Citi Field Tickets 0.89
16 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 0.89
17 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 0.88
18 Comerica Park Tickets 0.88
19 Orpheum Theatre – San Francisco Tickets 0.87
20 Foxwoods Theater (formerly Hilton Theater) – Ford Center for Performing Arts – NY Tickets 0.85