The Top 10 NBA Stadiums with the Largest Seating Capacity
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Witnessing a sporting game live is an extremely memorable and incredibly exhilarating experience. Basketball, perhaps, even more so because of the fact that so much is happening in not only a short span of time, but also in a small space! The experience of watching a basketball game live is enhanced even further due to the sheer numbers of spectators and fans crammed into that space. The old adage, “the more the merrier” is tailor made for such situations. In a basketball scoreboards feature, I have taken a look at the top 10 NBA stadiums with the largest seating capacity.
10. Izod Center – This stadium is home to the New Jersey Nets and has a seating capacity of 20,049. The stadium has experienced many name changes which is why it is usually known as the Meadowlands arena.
9. Verizon Center – The basketball scoreboards show that it has a seating capacity of 20,173. It is the home arena for the Washington Wizards, and was nicknamed ‘Phone Booth’ because of its owner which is a telecommunication company.
8. Time Warner Cable Arena – The home stadium of the Charlotte Bobcats has a seating capacity of 20,200 and is commonly referred to as the Cable Box after the area’s largest cable provider purchased the naming rights of this arena.
7. Target Center – Sponsored by the Target Corporation, this arena has a seating capacity of 20,500 people. It was built in 1990 and the Minnesota Timberwolves have been playing in this arena ever since it was established.
6. Quicken Loans Arena – Commonly known as ‘The Q’, this arena has a seating space of 20,562 people. The Q is the home stadium for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
5. Rose Garden – The arena is not named after a company, however it is named as the Rose Garden to reflect the beauty of the city is located in – Portland. This home arena of the Portland Trail Blazers can accommodate 20,360 people at a time.
4. American Airlines Center – The was opened with the largest ribbon cutting ceremony ever, according to Guinness Book of World Records, and it is home to the Dallas Mavericks. Its seating space is for 21,041 people.
3. United Center – Anybody can find this arena because it has a ‘Michael Jordan’ statue located just outside it. Named after its sponsor, United Airlines, this arena is home to the Chicago Bulls and can accommodate 21,500 people.
2. Wells Fargo Center – Renamed for the fourth time in July 2010, this arena has a seating space of 21,600 people and is home to the Philadelphia 76ers.
1. The Palace of Auburn Hills – The address of this arena keeps on changing with the number of championships the home team, the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and Detroit Shock of the WNBA, win every year. Currently the address is 6 Champions Drive (3 titles for the Detroit Pistons and 3 for the Detroit Shocks). It can seat 22,076 fans at one time.
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