We like to do stadium lists, and here is our latest creation – The 10 biggest basketball arenas in the NBA.
Number 10 – American Airlines Arena, Miami Heat – 19,600
One of the few NBA arenas that doesn’t share with a hockey team or other franchises, the Miami Heat have played in the AAA since 2000, winning their only title in 2006 there.
Number 9 – Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks – 19,763
The most famous basketball arena in the world, they like to call it. Home to the New York Rangers and College Basketball, the MSG is mostly known for being the home of the New York Knicks, who will soon be making it 40 years with an NBA title. The Arena has been at its current location since 1968.
Number 8 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto Raptors – 19,800
Opened in 1999, the Air Canada Centre has been the home of the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs for 12 years now, not seeing much success from any kind of sport.
Number 7 – EnergySolutions Arena, Utah Jazz – 19,911
One of the few NBA arenas owned by the team’s owners (Jazz Basketball Investors, Inc.), it’s still known to many as the Delta Center, the name of the Jazz’ home from 1991-2006. EnergySolution picked up the naming rights after Delta didn’t want to renew its lease.
Number 6 – Rose Garden, Portland Trail Blazers – 19,980
The Rose garden arena has been the home of the ‘Blazers since 1995 and is one of the few stadiums in the league not named after some company, financial group, etc. (Having a mega-rich owner like Paul Allen helps). The name was actually chosen to reflect Portland’s reputation as the “Rose City”.
Number 5 – Verizon Center, Washington Wizards – 20,278
The Verizon Center has been the home of the Washington Wizards since 1997, and it was called the MCI center ’till 2006, when Verizon purchased MCI. Due to it’s owner, the arena is mostly known as “the phone booth”. Clever fans. The Wizards share their home with the Capitals (NHL), Mystics (WNBA) and the Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA).
Number 4 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 76ers – 20,444
Home of the 76ers and the Flyers (NHL) since 1996, the Wells Fargo Center is the arena’s fourth name, after CoreStates Center, the First Union Center and Wachovia Center. It was usually called the Spectrum II up until it’s construction was finished. Like most arenas on this list, it hasn’t seen an NBA championship.
Number 3 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Cavaliers – 20,562
The home of the Cavs since 1994. The worst named arena on this list is usually named “the Q” by fans and others, and after LeBron boltin’ to South Florida, the chances of seeing a championship looks even more slim than ever before.
Number 2 – United Center, Chicago Bulls – 20,916
The home of the Chicago Bulls since 1994, witnessing the Bulls’ second three-peat (1996-1998) and is also the home of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. The arena’s, or it’s surroundings most famous landmark is the Michael Jordan statue just outside. If standing room is available, the arena can hold more than 23,000 fans.
Number 1 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit Pistons – 22,076
Despite the arena being around since 1988 and witnessing three titles won by the Pistons, it’s most famous occurrence was the Pacers-Pistons brawl, or “the malice in the palace” back from 2004. When one of the arena’s occupants wins a title, the address is changed, and currently the address is 6 championship drive (3 titles by the WNBA’s Detroit Shock).