NBA is one of the most popular sports in the US with over 1 million people watching the games on sports channels across the US each week. The number of people who turn out to the NBA games at the stadiums depends on who is playing, where they are held and of course if it is finals season or not.
There are multiple arenas where the game is played of which we will detail just a few.
1. Staples Center
The Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, California is home to both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers and was opened in 1999, with a seating capacity of about 19,000 spectators. It is a multi-purpose complex that is also used for music concerts, ice hockey, and boxing.
The dimensions of the arena are as follows: 950,000 square feet (88,257.9 m2) of total space, with a 94-foot (28.7 meters) by 200-foot (61 meters) arena floor. It is 150 feet (45.7 meters) tall. The arena seats up to 19,067 for basketball although this varies for other events occurring there due to the change in the playing area.
2. Wells Fargo Center
The Philadelphia 76ers have called this venue home since 1996 and is another multi-purpose stadium that has over 20,000 seats for NBA games. It is located in Philadelphia and was initially going to be named Spectrum II as the successor to the Spectrum Arena which was eventually demolished in 2011.
The LA Lakers won the NBA Championship there in 2001, beating the 76ers by 15 points. The Wells Fargo Center is one of many arenas that have a corporate sponsor attached to its name, with the only one being Madison Square Garden that is not named as such.
3. Madison Square Garden
The oldest arena on this list, Madison Square Garden, was opened in 1968 at its current location. It was named after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and had three different locations before the current one, two of which were located close to where the current arena stands now. The third area was demolished in 1968 and is where the One Worldwide Plaza now stands.
The newest arena is home to the New York Knicks and has a total capacity of nearly 20,000 people. This is by far the most famous arena in America so if there is a Knicks game playing there, tickets will always be in high demand.
Keep in mind that NBA early lines are worth checking out if you have been following the sport for the entire season and can make an informed choice about who the favorite or the underdog will be, especially if they are playing against the Knicks in their home venue.
4. Ball Arena
This arena is located in Denver, Colorado and is home to the Denver Nuggets, and has been since its opening in 1999. It was formally known as the PepsiCo Center until the naming rights were sold in October of 2020. The arena takes up 4.6 acres with more than 675,000 square feet of building space.
The Ball Arena features 89 luxury suites located on two levels, 1,900 club seats, as well as two Theatre Boxes with first-class amenities available such as VIP parking and gourmet catering. If you find yourself in Denver, be sure to check out this pretty impressive venue.