Photo of the court at the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics.

NBA teams are showing smaller attendances compared to the league's peak in the 1980's and 1990's. There are many factors contributing to that trend. The high costs of attending an NBA game doesn't help the league's popularity nor does the NBA's 2nd lockout in twelve years. The large TV deals on the horizon for the league will keep even more fans at home. Here are the attendance standings for the 2010-2011 NBA season. See how many fans showed up to see your favorite team.


1. United Center - (893,462)

2. Rose Garden Arena - (840,924)

3. Quicken Loans Arena - (824,595)

4. American Airlines Center - (824,162)

5. American Airlines Arena - (810,930)

6. Madison Square Garden - (808,879)

7. EnergySolutions Arena - (799,982)

8. Staples Center (Lakers) - (778,877)

9. Amway Center - (777,852)

10. Oracle Arena - (766,398)

11. TD Garden - (763,584)

12. AT&T Center - (750,879)

13. Chesapeake Energy Arena - (744,068)

14. Staples Center (Clippers) - (727,462)

15. US Airways Center - (720,249)

16. Pepsi Center - (692,968)

17. Verizon Center - (688,466)

18. Palace of Auburn Hills - (683,080)

19. Air Canada Centre - (679,208)

20. Toyota Center - (663,839)

21. Time Warner Cable Arena - (649,694)

22. Phillips Arena - (641,596)

23. BMO Harris Bradley Center - (631,910)

24. Target Center - (624,960)

25. Wells Fargo Center - (604,823)

26. New Orleans Arena - (603,088)

27. FedEx Forum - (600,687)

28. Prudential Center - (581,378)

29. PowerBalance Pavilion - (569,496)

30. Conseco Fieldhouse - (555,077)


There were many surprises on this list. NBA fans are always mocking the attendance numbers for the Miami Heat with such a great and star-studded team. In actuality, what you see on television is not reflecting the Heat's attendance numbers. Upwards of 1 million people went to Miami Heat home games last season. 

Although the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers both play in the same venue and one team is clearly better than the other, their attendances were very similar. I expected the Staples Center to be higher for Lakers games but this could reflect the economy in Los Angeles. The Sacramento Kings and PowerBalance Pavilion are at the bottom of the list and for good reason. It won't be much longer before this arena will be vacant either because the team leaves Sacramento or they get a new arena home built.

It was also surprising to see the Cleveland Cavaliers at number three on the list. When Lebron James took his talents to South Beach, we all thought Quicken Loans arena would be a ghost town. The hostility Cavs owner Dan Gilbert showed towards Lebron's decision was mainly because he knew it would hit him in his pocket book. Let' see how all 29 NBA arenas fare in attendance following this season.