Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON, made its first appearance at the No. 1 position in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings, thanks largely to the British-Irish...

Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON, made its first appearance at the No. 1 position in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings, thanks largely to the British-Irish invasion of popular boy band One Direction.

Just as Madonna did in early March, the teen group are selling hot this week in advance of their North American tour, and many venues are reaping the benefits.

Molson Amphitheatre, the sole Canadian stop for the group on the North American leg of their Up All Night tour, will host them for two dates at the end of May. Molson has a number of other hot sellers on tap this season, including the Dave Matthews Band, Jason Aldean, KISS with Motley Crue, and the current top American boy band, Big Time Rush.

Just prior to their Canada dates, One Direction makes their American debut as headliners, with the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, (at No. 3) their second stop. The venue’s numbers also benefit this week from Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Tour, which comes to the venue for two dates next week.

Other venues getting a boost from One Direction summer tour dates include New York’s Beacon Theatre, in at No. 6, the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, in at No. 8, and the Gexa Energy Pavilion, finishing the week at No. 10.

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantaugh, NY, made its seasonal debut in the top ten this week, coming in at No. 5. The outdoor amphitheatre hosts a number of top selling artists this summer, including Drake, DMB, Neil Diamond, and the Beach Boys.

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 3/25/12

      VenueScore
1Molson Amphitheatre Tickets3.48
2Eugene O’Neill Theatre Tickets1.97
3Izod Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena) Tickets1.86
4Madison Square Garden Tickets1.81
5Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Tickets1.73
6Beacon Theatre Tickets1.59
7Toyota Center – TX Tickets1.59
8Allstate Arena Tickets1.52
9Susquehanna Bank Center (Formerly Tweeter Center) Tickets1.52
10Gexa Energy Pavilion (Formerly Superpages.com Center) Tickets1.52
11Staples Center Tickets1.36
12TD Garden (Fleet Center) Tickets1.32
13MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets1.20
14The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Tickets1.19
15Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk Tickets1.07
16American Airlines Arena Tickets1.04
17Verizon Center – DC Tickets0.98
18Bank Atlantic Center Tickets0.97
19Patriot Center Tickets0.93
20Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – CA Tickets0.88