Every NBA team plays in an arena. The arena hosts 41 home games in an 82 NBA game schedule. All 30 NBA arenas hold a seating capacity of 15,000 or more. Each arena has its own distinct features that separate them from others. For example, the Milwaukee Bucks play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks struggled in previous years and had the worst home average attendance in 2014. This season, the Bucks have improved and are a playoff team at the moment. They have also risen to 26th in home attendance average so far in 2015.
The Bradley Center is one of the oldest NBA arenas and is in need of some much needed repair. With more fans coming out to the Bradley Center this season, the issue needs to be fixed. Opposing NBA fans who are visiting to see their team play the Bucks will leave with disappointment as the Bradley Center is simply one of the worst NBA arenas to visit. However, there are new reports of the Bucks building a new arena which will attract local and visiting fans. With so many NBA arenas, it can be difficult to figure out which arenas to visit and which ones to avoid.
For those NBA fans who wish to cheer on their favourite teams at the opposing NBA arena and want to enjoy the experience listed below are the 10 best arenas to visit. They have been ranked in terms of the building itself, how accessible the arena is to the city and the experience itself.
10 American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat)
9 Toyota Center (Houston Rockets)
8 TD Garden (Boston Celtics)
7 American Airlines Center (Dallas Mavericks)
6 United Center (Chicago Bulls)
5 Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City Thunder)
4 Moda Center (Portland Trail Blazers)
The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon shoots to the top four because of the atmosphere and the passionate local fan base. Known affectionately as the Rose Garden to most people, the Moda Center offers a great view of the basketball action in any part of the arena. The arena is surrounded with all of the Trail Blazers' storied history and during the game the fans are very much into the game. The Trail Blazers are the only major pro sports team in Portland which just adds to the fans' passion.
3 AT&T Center (San Antonio Spurs)
2 Staples Center (Los Angeles Lakers & Clippers)
The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California is a must-see for anybody, whether you're just a basketball fan, a sports fan or just in the mood for some entertainment. It has atmosphere, fans, and the Hollywood spotlight. The Staples Center is the busiest NBA arenas as it hosts both the Lakers and the Clippers (plus the NHL's Kings). During Lakers games, the Lakers' history is shown throughout the arena and during pre-game introductions. Usually at Lakers games, there are quite a few celebrities who watch the game court side.
1 Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks)
Not just the NBA's, but the world's most famous arena; Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It has history and a passionate fan base and is located in one of the busiest cities of the world. The arena has been recently renovated and has made MSG an even better arena. The history of Madison Square Garden can be felt in the arena with banners and retired players jersey numbers hanging in the ceilings. The passionate fan base can also be heard regardless if the New York Knicks are losing or winning. They provide great entertainment value and will keep other visiting fans amused. The food and drinks at MSG are a bit expensive however there are so many great restaurants, bars, shops, etc... around the arena. You are in Manhattan, after all.
Parking is also expensive so the best way to access the arena is through the subway or through buses. For many NBA players their favorite NBA arena to play in is Madison Square Garden. Despite the high prices for parking and food and drinks, it is the best NBA arena to visit. Every NBA fan should try at least once to visit Madison Square Garden for a game. They won't be disappointed doing so.
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