The 2011-2012 NBA Season began on Christmas Day with 5 games as the result of a lockout shortened season. The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the NBA Finals and Lebron James was voted the league's MVP and the Finals MVP. Here's how each team's attendances turned out for the 2011-2012 NBA season. 

 

Venue/Team

Total Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Venue's Capacity

1. United Center (Bulls)

731326

22161

105.90%

2. Moda Center (Trail Blazers)

676384

20496

102.60%

3. American Airlines Center (Mavericks)

671050

20334

105.90%

4. American Airlines Arena (Heat)

657855

19935

101.70%

5. Madison Square Garden (Knicks)

652179

19763

100.00%

6. EnergySolutions Arena (Jazz)

637124

19306

97.00%

7. Staples Center (Clippers)

634237

19219

100.80%

8. Staples Center (Lakers)

626901

18997

99.70%

9. Amway Center (Magic)

623587

18896

102.10%

10. Oracle Arena (Warriors)

622311

18857

96.20%

11. TD Garden (Celtics)

614592

18624

100.00%

12. AT&T Center (Spurs)

607095

18396

99.00%

13. Chesapeake Energy Arena (Thunder)

600699

18203

100.00%

14. Wells Fargo Center (76ers)

577597

17502

86.10%

15. Target Center (Timberwolves)

577197

17490

90.40%

16. Pepsi Center (Nuggets)

561966

17029

88.90%

17. Air Canada Centre (Raptors)

555584

16835

85.00%

18. Verizon Center (Wizards)

552038

16728

82.90%

19. Quicken Loans Arena (Cavaliers)

525577

15926

77.50%

20. Fedex Forum (Grizzlies)

518256

15704

86.70%

21. US Airways Center (Suns)

514718

15597

84.70%

22. Toyota Center (Rockets)

506994

15363

85.10%

23. Philips Arena (Hawks)

501593

15199

81.20%

24. Smoothie King Center (Pelicans)

498618

15109

88.40%

25. Time Warner Cable Arena (Hornets)

486984

14757

77.40%

26. BMO Harris Bradley Center (Bucks)

485717

14718

78.60%

27. Sleep Train Arena (Kings)

478764

14508

83.80%

28. Palace of Auburn Hills (Pistons)

475638

14413

65.30%

29. BankersLife Fieldhouse (Pacers)

467561

14168

78.00%

30. Prudential Center (Nets)

460719

13961

75.50%

Based on the recent attendances of previous NBA seasons, the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are consistently the most frequented NBA arenas. Six teams boasted attendances of more than their arena's capacity. Attendances above capacity can be reached by team's offering 'Standing Room Only' Tickets on a nightly basis. Teams commonly at the bottom of NBA attendance lists in recent years include the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans. No new NBA arenas debuted during the 2011-2012 NBA season but this would be the final year that the New Jersey Nets would play at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Afterward, they moved to Brooklyn, NY to play in the Barclays Center. 

Interestingly enough, the often less popular Los Angeles Clippers outperformed their co-tenants, the Los Angeles Lakers in all three attendance categories during the 2011-2012 season. This could be attributed likely to the recent pairing of Blake Griffin with guard Chris Paul. 

 

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