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  • The Staples Center is the only NBA arena that is home to two teams; the LA Clippers and LA Lakers.
  • 9 NBA arenas are also home to NHL teams.
  • American Airlines owns the naming rights to the arenas of both the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.

 

 

 

Fan Cost Indexes for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 NBA Seasons

The 'Fan Cost Index' is practically the amount of money a family of four could expect to spend at an NBA game. It fluctuates from season to season, varies by team and city and is calculated from a number of factors. First, you take the price of 4 average priced NBA season tickets, the two cheapest draft beers, the four cheapest soft drinks, four regular sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult hats from the team's gift shop. Add all of those numbers together and you've got yourself the total fan cost index. 

Here is how all 30 NBA teams stacked up against each for the current NBA season (2014-2015) as well as the 2013-2014 NBA season. As you can see, the two wealthiest NBA franchises had the highest total fan cost index for the past two seasons (New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers). 

2014-2015

Team

Average Ticket Price

Average Beer Price

Average Price for Parking

Total Fan Cost Index

1. New York Knicks

$129.38

$10.50

$30.00

$676.42

2. Los Angeles Lakers

$102.25

$8.50

$25.00

$541.00

3. Chicago Bulls

$82.33

$8.00

$24.00

$477.32

4. Miami Heat

$78.30

$8.00

$35.00

$468.20

5. Boston Celtics

$70.79

$8.50

$42.00

$444.16

6. Los Angeles Clippers

$78.43

$8.50

$25.00

$435.72

7. Brooklyn Nets

$66.15

$8.50

$17.00

$404.60

8. Houston Rockets

$65.60

$7.25

$15.00

$369.86

9. Phoenix Suns

$56.10

$10.25

$12.00

$341.90

10. San Antonio Spurs

$58.65

$5.50

$5.00

$340.60

11. Golden State Warriors

$47.38

$7.00

$25.00

$336.52

NBA League Average

$53.98

$7.45

$17.11

$333.58

12. Milwaukee Bucks

$50.30

$6.50

$22.65

$325.85

13. Denver Nuggets

$54.00

$6.75

$10.00

$322.50

14. Portland Trail Blazers

$52.90

$7.00

$15.50

$317.08

15. Dallas Mavericks

$51.80

$6.00

$15.00

$312.20

16. Oklahoma City Thunder

$51.35

$5.00

$10.00

$295.40

17. Toronto Raptors

$42.94

$6.47

$17.85

$289.71

18. Minnesota Timberwolves

$37.27

$9.50

$15.00

$281.06

19. Sacramento Kings

$46.32

$7.00

$10.00

$280.28

20. Philadelphia 76ers

$39.25

$8.50

$22.00

$278.90

21. Utah Jazz

$43.19

$7.50

$10.00

$275.74

22. Cleveland Cavaliers

$43.31

$7.25

$10.00

$271.74

23. Orlando Magic

$39.40

$5.75

$10.00

$263.10

24. Detroit Pistons

$38.80

$9.50

$10.00

$261.20

25. Washington Wizards

$32.70

$8.00

$20.00

$258.78

26. Atlanta Hawks

$35.26

$7.50

$15.35

$245.39

27. Indiana Pacers

$32.59

$7.25

$10.00

$232.44

28. Memphis Grizzlies

$31.48

$7.50

$15.00

$223.44

29. New Orleans Pelicans

$30.20

$7.00

$15.00

$221.80

30. Charlotte Hornets

$30.60

$6.50

$5.00

$212.40

 

 

2013-2014

Team

Average Ticket Price

Average Beer Price

Average Price for Parking

Total Fan Cost Index

1. New York Knicks

$129.38

$8.75

$30.00

$659.92

2. Los Angeles Lakers

$102.25

$8.50

$25.00

$542.00

3. Miami Heat

$78.30

$8.00

$35.00

$472.20

4. Chicago Bulls

$77.65

$7.50

$25.00

$456.60

5. Boston Celtics

$72.64

$8.25

$38.00

$434.96

6. Los Angeles Clippers

$65.55

$8.50

$25.00

$395.20

7. Brooklyn Nets

$60.50

$8.50

$17.00

$382.00

8. Phoenix Suns

$57.23

$9.00

$12.00

$344.92

9. San Antonio Spurs

$57.25

$5.00

$15.00

$339.00

10. Houston Rockets

$57.15

$7.25

$15.00

$336.06

NBA League Average

$52.50

$7.41

$16.81

$326.60

11. Golden State Warriors

$44.27

$7.00

$25.00

$324.08

12. Toronto Raptors

$48.70

$6.98

$19.19

$321.63

13. Dallas Mavericks

$51.80

$6.00

$20.00

$321.18

14. Denver Nuggets

$53.15

$6.75

$10.00

$319.10

15. Milwaukee Bucks

$47.70

$6.25

$18.00

$309.30

16. Portland Trail Blazers

$51.30

$7.00

$13.00

$308.18

17. Oklahoma City Thunder

$51.35

$5.00

$10.00

$295.40

18. Utah Jazz

$44.50

$7.50

$10.00

$280.98

19. Minnesota Timberwolves

$35.50

$9.50

$15.00

$273.98

20. Cleveland Cavaliers

$43.31

$7.25

$10.00

$271.74

21. Sacramento Kings

$43.32

$7.00

$10.00

$268.28

22. Philadelphia 76ers

$39.25

$8.25

$12.00

$266.40

23. Orlando Magic

$39.40

$5.75

$10.00

$263.10

24. Detroit Pistons

$40.10

$9.00

$10.00

$262.40

25. Washington Wizards

$30.31

$8.00

$20.00

$249.22

26. Atlanta Hawks

$35.26

$7.50

$10.00

$240.04

27. Indiana Pacers

$31.62

$7.25

$10.00

$227.36

28. Memphis Grizzlies

$30.04

$7.50

$15.00

$212.16

29. New Orleans Pelicans

$26.87

$7.00

$15.00

$208.48

30. Charlotte Bobcats

$29.27

$6.50

$5.00

$203.06

 

 


Top Ten Largest NBA Arenas

While many NBA fans don't share the same fascination with their league's venues as Major League Baseball fans do with theirs, there are still plenty of cool venues to visit throughout the league's 28 cities. The rule of thumb seems to be that the larger the arena, the more history the team has and the more in demand their tickets are. With that, we've compiled a list of the ten largest arenas in the NBA.

 

10. American Airlines Arena, Home of the Miami Heat

Miami Heat - American Airlines Arena. 19,600.

 Even though Lebron has departed, American Airlines Arena has still hosted three NBA finals in the last eight years. With nearly 90 Luxury Suites, the arena has symbioses known as "Flagship Lounges". It offers a great view of the Biscayne Bay.  Tickets and concessions will be much pricier than other NBA Arenas but is a great arena for basketball and concerts. Not until the playoffs does the atmosphere become what it should be on a nightly basis, however, as the fan base tends to be a little fair weather. 

 

9. Madison Square Garden, Home of the New York Knicks

New York Knicks - Madison Square Garden. 19,763.

Perhaps the most famous arena in the World. When you are a visiting team's player, this is a big stage for you no matter what team you play for. Madison Square Garden is not only the home to the New York Knicks but also the NHL's New York Rangers. It is the oldest arena in the NHL and the second oldest arena in the NBA and possesses a history unlike any other NBA arena. There are six ascending levels to this arena with only the first level being available for basketball and music events. Simply known as 'The Garden', the arena just underwent it's 4th renovation which included a better and more efficient layout of sections for sporting events and concerts.

 

8. Air Canada Centre, Home of the Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors - Air Canada Centre. 19,800.

The ACC, also known as the Hangar, is not only home to the NBA's Raptors but also home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. It is a very accessible arena thanks to the nearby GO Transit and the Union Subway System as well as parking throughout the downtown Toronto area. While the Raptors have not had much success on the hardwood in recent years, the Maple Leafs keep the place rocking' when they take the ice. In fact, Maple Leaf tickets are the most expensive ticket in all of hockey and even have the city considering another team for expansion in nearby Markham.

 

7. EnergySolutions Arena, Home of the Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz - EnergySolutions Arena. 19,911.

Formerly the Delta Center, this  particular NBA arena has seen it's share of successful teams and players. Yes, Karl Malone scored more career points than Michael Jordan and his teammate John Stockton had a lot to do with that. You can see a statue of both just outside of the arena. The Jazz have a very loyal fan base which attributes to the hostility the visiting teams feel when they play here. The noise levels are reported as being the loudest of all NBA arenasWill it be soon that the franchise returns to a similarly glory of Malone and Stockton?

 

6. Moda Center, Home of the Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers - The Moda Center. 19,980.

The Moda Center at the Rose Quarter is one of the more scenic NBA arenas in one of the more scenic NBA cities. The Rose Quarter was named after Portland's identity as the 'Rose City'. Both the franchise and the arena are owned by former Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Rose Quarter has never hosted an NBA finals but it did host the memorable 2000 Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Perhaps the Moda Center's coolest feature is that it sits on the banks of the scenic Willamette River in Portland's Lloyd District.

 

5. Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards - Verizon Center. 20,278.

Formerly the MCI Center,  this NBA Arena has been home to the Wizards since 1997. Just before the opening of the Verizon Center,  the franchise had changed it's name from the Bullets to the Wizards, a decision made by the owner. The arena is also home to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. All three franchises are owned by entrepreneur Ted Leonsis. There is nothing about the Verizon Center that distinguishes itself from the other NBA arenas aside from it's prime location adjacent to Washington DC's Chinatown. It is also known to be home to the most unkept ice rink in all of the NHL.

 

4. Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers - Wells Fargo Center. 20, 444.

Formerly the Wachovia Center, this venue lacks the history and charm of the old Philadelphia Spectrum where Dr. J hoisted his shots. Not only is this arena in a prime location in the city, it is also in close proximity to Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park in what is known as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.  It is also home to the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and can become a highly congested area when multiple games are going on during the same day. Not many hotels or restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the Wells Fargo Center so most fans will need to arrive here via rapid transit.

 

3. Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers - Quicken Loans Arena. 20,562.

When Lebron left he took the soul of this arena to South Beach with him. Now that he is back, Quicken Loans Arena is buzzing again. The arena replaced the old Richfield Coliseum which was a 40 minute drive from downtown Cleveland. It was constructed downtown with the hopes of revitalizing the surrounding area and bringing more life back into downtown. Along with Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, both venues make up the Gateway Entertainment District. Often called the "Q", the arena underwent a major and much needed facelift in 2005. That same year, it became Quicken Loans Arena, formerly Gund Arena.

 

2. United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls - United Center. 20,916.

When you hear the phrase United Center, one word should come to mind. Michael Jordan. If you said Derrick Rose or Phil Jackson, that works too. Named after United Airlines, this arena is home to both the Chicago Bulls as well as the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. It sits just outside of the Chicago Loop near the old Chicago Stadium. It is the largest NBA arena in actual size, though not in capacity. The Chicago Bulls have led the NBA in attendance for the past six seasons and have led the NHL in attendance for the past five seasons. Needless to say, tickets to games here are pricey and hard to come by.

 

1. Palace of Auburn Hills, Home of the Detroit Pistons

 Detroit Pistons - The Palace of Auburn Hills. 22,076.

And finally, the largest NBA arena sits a good 40 minutes from downtown Detroit. Most people would think this would hurt the attendance of Pistons games but the Pistons actually led the NBA in attendance for most of the 2000s and it has great proximity to Detroit's affluent suburbs. With almost 200 luxury suites, the team has surprisingly kept most of them full throughout the years. It is one of the oldest NBA Arenas and while it has been continuously updated with features and amenities. The organization has no intentions of negotiating for a new arena in downtown Detroit which was rumored to be shared with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

 

There are plenty of other quality arenas throughout the NBA albeit smaller than these mentioned. I, for one, highly recommend a visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the Indiana Pacers. Pay a visit to them all and decide which venue appeals to you the most.

 

 

 

NBA Arenas By Capacity

1. Palace of Auburn Hills - 22,076

2. United Center - 20,917

3. Quicken Loans Arena  - 20,562

4. Wells Fargo Center - 20,328

5. Verizon Center - 20,278

6. Rose Quarter - 19,980

7. EnergySolutions Arena - 19,911

8. Air Canada Centre - 19,800

9. Madison Square Garden - 19,763

10. American Airlines Arena - 19,600

11. Oracle Arena - 19,596

12. Target Center - 19,356

13. American Airlines Center - 19,200

14. Pepsi Center - 19,155

15. Time Warner Cable Arena - 19,077

16. Staples Center - 18,997

17. Amway Center - 18,846

18. Philips Arena - 18,729

19. BMO Harris Bradley Center - 18,717

20. Prudential Center - 18,711

21. TD Garden - 18,624

22. AT&T Center - 18,581

23. U.S. Airways Center - 18,422

24. Chesapeake Energy Arena - 18,203

25. Bankers Life Fieldhouse - 18,165

26. FedexForum - 18,119

27. Toyota Center - 18,043

28. Barclays Center - 17,732

29. New Orleans Arena - 17,188

 

 

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