A total of four National Football League (NFL) stadiums invaded the top 10 in TicketNews’ exclusive Top Venues ranking for the week ending August...

A total of four National Football League (NFL) stadiums invaded the top 10 in TicketNews’ exclusive Top Venues ranking for the week ending August 28, as fans lined up to buy tickets to see their favorite teams with the season just around the corner.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, was in at number three overall, but ranked first among the stadiums, just ahead of New Jersey’s New Meadowland Stadium (soon to be called MetLife Stadium), which hosts the New York Jets and Giants.

The cavernous Cowboys Stadium, which boasts the world’s largest high-definition video display, of course hosts the popular Dallas Cowboys, who experienced strong enough sales on the secondary market to grab number one in TicketNews’ Top Sports Events rankings. In their first full year under head coach Jason Garrett, the iconic franchise is hoping to improve on last year’s performance, when they finished the season at 6-10.

Following the New Meadowlands Stadium was Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA at number seven overall, and Motown’s Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions. Gillette is home to the New England Patriots, whose secondary sales took them to number ten in the week’s Top Sports rankings, and Lions fans are growing with excitement about their team which have the potential to post a winning record for the first time in years.

In other sports news, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship began this week, which helped boost Arthur Ashe Stadium into the top five.

In the overall ranking, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre once again topped the list of the best-selling venues in the country. The Broadway theater is home to the blockbuster musical “The Book of Mormon,” which hit number one in this week’s Top Broadway Events rankings.

Steadily climbing into the number two spot overall was the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, which will host a fierce world champion bout in September between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and WBC World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz. In addition, coming up on November 12 is a much anticipated matchup between WBO World Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao, a Filipino boxer and Congressional representative in the Philippines, takes on Marquez with a record of 53 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws.

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 8/28/2011

       Venue Score
1 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 2.55
2 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.83
3 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.74
4 Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets 1.60
5 New Meadowlands Stadium Tickets 1.59
6 Staples Center Tickets 1.34
7 Gillette Stadium Tickets 1.30
8 Ford Field Tickets 1.23
9 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.18
10 Yankee Stadium Tickets 1.06
11 Lambeau Field Tickets 1.01
12 Fenway Park Tickets 0.99
13 Heinz Field Tickets 0.96
14 Qualcomm Stadium Tickets 0.85
15 Candlestick Park Tickets 0.84
16 Madison Square Garden Tickets 0.84
17 University Of Phoenix Stadium Tickets 0.84
18 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 0.83
19 Georgia Dome Tickets 0.77
20 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 0.75