Regardless of the sport, when trying to determine the best professional arena or stadium, a lot of factors come into play. But, because most fans have a strong allegiance to their home teams, it becomes rather objective. So instead of trying to come up with our opinion of the best NBA arena, here is a list of our favorites, in alphabetical order:
American Airlines Center – Dallas Mavericks
The first thing that you notice about American Airlines Center, not to be confused with the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena, AAC is considered one of the best arenas in the NBA. Starting with a beautiful exterior architecture, the fans enjoy an interior that features excellent sightlines, a huge, crystal clear scoreboard, and an exceptional sound system.
Madison Square Garden – New York Nicks
The fourth, and current, Madison Square Garden, often referred to as “MSG” or “The Garden”, opened in 1968, and is the second oldest NBA arena. It is located right above Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan. The Garden is the only NBA/NHL arenas that is not named after a corporate sponsor. At a cost of $1.1 billion, MSG is one of the 10 most expensive stadium venues ever built. Nineteen thousand fans must travel through the frustration of getting to The Garden, navigate through small concourses and squeeze into tight-fitting seats, but it doesn’t stop them from coming. An 8-sided Jumbotron ensures that every fan gets a good view of the action on the floor.
Oracle Arena – Golden State Warriors
Oracle Arena opened in 1966 and has been the home of the Golden State Warriors since 1971. It is the oldest arena in the NBA and seats 19,596 fans. “The Oracle”, as it become known, is often called the “Roaracle” because of the extremely high decibel levels that are generated at most Warriors games. loudest NBA arenas. In 2013, the Warriors announced their intentions to build a new arena in the San Francisco area, with an opening planned for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Staples Center – Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers
The Staples Center is one of the busiest arenas in all of sports, housing two Pro NBA teams and a Pro NHL team. The seats are comfortable, the food is reasonably priced, the scoreboard is among the league’s best, and celebrity watching at Lakers games has become a sport unto itself.
TD Garden – Boston Celtics
TD Garden, often called Boston Garden and The Garden, is New England’s largest sports and entertainment center, and has been recognized by many industry publications as one of the top basketball arena in the country. The arena has a multi-million dollar, 360-degree video scoreboard, and houses the Sports Museum for New England Sports where fans can see memorabilia from a variety of local sporting teams and events.
United Center – Chicago Bulls
The United Center houses the largest arena in physical size in the United States. The first thing you notice from the basketball court is just how large the seating bowl is. But even with almost 21,000 seats, the number of fans for the Bulls games routinely exceed that number
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia 76ers
Owned by Comcast Spectacor, The Wells Fargo Center is one of the busiest arenas in the world. It has seating for 21,000 76ers fans, and its unique oval design ensures there are no obstructed seats. The arena features a state-of-the-art WiFi network that’s comprised of 3500 access point and 700 beacons, giving fans enhanced communications and in-game interaction.