The 2013-2014 season ended in spectacular fashion with the San Antonio Spurs avenging their NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat from the previous season. Kevin Durant was the league's MVP averaging 32 points per game. This season also marked the end of the Lebron era in Miami as he chose to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming season. Here are the attendance numbers for each of the 29 NBA arenas. 

 

Venue/Team

Overall Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Capacity

1. United Center (Bulls)

890370

21716

103.80%

2. American Airlines Center (Mavericks)

817982

19950

103.90%

3. Madison Square Garden (Knicks)

812292

19812

100.00%

4. American Airlines Arena (Heat)

811036

19781

100.90%

5. Moda Center (Trail Blazers)

809612

19746

95.00%

6. Oracle Arena (Warriors)

803436

19596

100.00%

7. Staples Center (Clippers)

787, 692

19212

100.80%

8. Staples Center (Lakers)

771, 974

18828

98.80%

9. AT&T Center (Spurs)

755031

18415

99.10%

10. Air Canada Centre (Raptors)

748339

18252

92.20%

11. Chesapeake Energy Arena (Thunder)

746323

18203

100.00%

12. EnergySolutions Arena (Jazz)

745203

18175

91.30%

13. Toyota Center (Rockets)

743082

18123

100.40%

14. TD Garden (Celtics)

742400

18107

97.20%

15. BankersLife Fieldhouse (Pacers)

717542

17501

96.30%

16. Quicken Loans Arena (Cavaliers)

710522

17329

84.30%

17. Barclays Center (Nets)

707331

17251

95.30%

18. Verizon Center (Wizards)

698068

17026

84.00%

19. Pepsi Center (Nuggets)

692898

16899

88.20%

20. Fedex Forum (Grizzlies)

685458

16718

92.30%

21. Smoothie King Center (Pelicans)

672029

16390

95.40%

22. Sleep Train Arena (Kings)

667949

16291

94.10%

23. Amway Center (Magic)

666046

16245

86.20%

24. US Airways Center (Suns)

650739

15871

86.20%

25. Time Warner Cable Arena (Hornets)

636268

15518

81.30%

26. Palace of Auburn Hills (Pistons)

615238

15005

68.00%

27. Target Center (Timberwolves)

597157

14564

75.20%

28. Philips Arena (Hawks)

587927

14339

76.60%

29. Wells Fargo Center (76ers)

568632

13869

68.20%

30. BMO Harris Bradley Center (Bucks)

552967

13487

72.10%

 

For the fifth straight season, the Chicago Bulls led the NBA in attendance despite star player Derrick Rose' frequent absences. 8 teams sold out every single game during their 2013-2014 campaign. The Indiana Pacers saw a huge increase in attendance with roughly 100,000 additional fans through the gates from the previous year. The Orlando Magic saw perhaps the largest drop in attendance from the previous year with 60,000 fewer fans. With the return of Lebron James to Cleveland, I anticipate the Cavaliers to have a huge surge in attendance during the 2014-2015 season. 

For the past three seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have finished in the bottom 5 in the NBA in attendance. Sure, they never made the playoffs during those seasons but I've always said the location of the Pistons and Kings' arenas have hindered attendance. If the Kings and Pistons played in arena in their cities' downtown area, I think each franchise would see a huge boost in attendance. The Palace of Auburn Hills is a solid 35+ minute drive from downtown Detroit.  There is some anticipation that the Pistons will move to downtown Detroit to share an arena with the NHL's Red Wings in coming years. 

 

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