NBA arenas are making the most of their abbreviated season on the court, with seven of the top 10 entrants in TicketNews’ exclusive venues...

NBA arenas are making the most of their abbreviated season on the court, with seven of the top 10 entrants in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week being home to NBA teams.

The highest ranking of the group was Madison Square Garden (MSG), now topping the venues list for four consecutive weeks. MSG is home to the New York Knicks, whose secondary market ticket sales again took them to No. 1 in the week’s Top Sports Events rankings.

The Knicks have had a faltering start this season, in part due to injuries to rookie guard Iman Shumpert during the team’s opening day win against the Boston Celtics and subsequent loss of forward Amar’e Stoudemire to a sprained left ankle.

Other NBA venues that made it into the rankings this week included the Staples Center in Los Angeles, American Airlines Arena in Miami, TD Garden in Boston and United Center in Chicago, among others.

Though edged out by the NBA blitz this week, theater kept some representation in the Top 10, with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, in at No. 2. The theater enjoys robust sales each week from blockbuster hit “The Book of Mormon”, which consistently leads TicketNews’ Top Broadway rankings.

Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre came in at No. 7 behind strong sales for its west coast production of the long-running hit, “Wicked”.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales for venues from the TicketNetwork Exchange™. A Power Score illustrates a given venue’s significance among all other venues listed in the Exchange. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales for a venue, and total ticket sales overall.

Top Venues

Week Ending 01/01/2012

      VenueScore
1Madison Square Garden Tickets5.01
2Eugene O’Neill Theatre Tickets2.83
3Staples Center Tickets2.53
4American Airlines Arena Tickets2.13
5TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets1.96
6Caesars Palace – Colosseum Tickets1.93
7Pantages Theatre – CA Tickets1.73
8United Center Tickets1.60
9Wells Fargo Center – PA (formerly Wachovia Center) Tickets1.60
10Pepsi Center Tickets1.33
11Radio City Music Hall Tickets1.26
12Reliant Stadium Tickets1.24
13Mercedes-Benz Superdome (formerly Louisiana Superdome) Tickets1.21
14Amway Center Tickets1.19
15Bank Atlantic Center Tickets1.11
16Lucas Oil Stadium Tickets1.09
17Verizon Center – DC Tickets1.09
18Philips Arena Tickets1.04
19Citizens Bank Park Tickets1.01
20American Airlines Center Tickets1.01