Though theater still reigns supreme in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 9, sports made a comeback on this week’s...

Though theater still reigns supreme in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 9, sports made a comeback on this week’s list, with MLB playoff stadiums and NFL home stadiums making the cut.

For the fifth week in a row, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre took the title of number one venue. The theater benefits weekly from strong sales for its blockbuster musical “The Book of Mormon”, which consistently sits atop TicketNews’ Top Broadway rankings. The Gershwin Theatre, home to perennial fan favorite “Wicked”, also finished strong this week at number six, its long-running production grabbing number one in both the Top Theater Events and Top Combined Events rankings this week.

Milwaukee Brewers’ fans, bolstered by last week’s successful playoff run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS, took Miller Field in Milwaukee, WI, to number five in this week’s rankings. The Brewers are taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, which just begun this past weekend. The stadium hosted games one and two of the series and will host games six and seven, if necessary.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was the other baseball stadium that performed well this week, finishing the week at number eight. The Texas Rangers are playing the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS this week, with the Rangers leading the Tigers 2-0 in the series. The stadium hosted games one and two of the playoff series, and will host a possible game six and seven. Ticket sales have certainly been aided by the recent success of the Rangers, who are the defending American League champions.

Three NFL stadiums made it into the top ten this week as well, with Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, ranking the highest at number four. This week, the 2-2 Dallas Cowboys once again experienced robust ticket sales, taking the team to number eight in this week’s Top Sports. Other NFL venues making the cut this week included MetLife Stadium, home to two powerhouse teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets, and Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions. The undefeated Lions are wowing fans this year with the NFL’s longest regular season winning streak, and secondary ticket sales are keeping pace, taking the team to number four in this week’s 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 10/9/2011

       Venue Score
1 Eugene Oneill Theatre Tickets 3.79
2 Madison Square Garden Tickets 2.21
3 Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets 1.79
4 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tickets 1.77
5 Miller Park Tickets 1.54
6 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 1.51
7 MetLife Stadium (Formerly Meadowlands Stadium) Tickets 1.33
8 Rangers Ballpark In Arlington Tickets 1.29
9 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.26
10 Ford Field Tickets 1.20
11 Air Canada Centre Tickets 1.18
12 Gillette Stadium Tickets 1.12
13 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 1.05
14 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 1.01
15 Pantages Theatre – CA Tickets 0.95
16 Yankee Stadium Tickets 0.93
17 Cotton Bowl Stadium Tickets 0.93
18 TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets 0.93
19 Toyota Center – TX Tickets 0.88
20 Comerica Park Tickets 0.85