Taking a look at the EnergySolutions Arena, and your say as a fan

Did you know that there are currently 29 different arenas in use for the 30 NBA teams? The oldest is MSG that was opened in 1968 the Oracle in '66 *, and the youngest is the still being built Barclays Center, estimated to open ASAP in 2012. Despite numerous changes, adding more box seats, more media facilities, and countless renovations these 29 (well, seeing how there are different configurations for LAL and LAC games - including different max seats -- maybe I should just say 30) arenas have some interesting statistics.

The league averages are that the arena was opened in the year 1995.8 (so, between September and October of '95), and has an average (non-standing room) maximum capacity of 18,530.0 people.

Where does the ESA stand? Check it out after the jump . . .

Woo! We're one of the biggest

Team Stadium Date NBA Team Stadium Date NBA
Name Name Opened Capacity Name Name Opened Capacity
1 Detroit Pistons The Palace of Auburn Hills 1988 22,076 . 16 Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center 1999 19,060
2 Chicago Bulls United Center 1994 20,917 . 17 Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center 1999 18,997
3 Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena 1994 20,562 . 18 Orlando Magic Amway Center 2010 18,846
4 Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center 1996 20,318 . 19 Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center 1988 18,717
5 Washington Wizards Verizon Center 1997 20,282 . 20 Boston Celtics TD Garden 1995 18,624
6 Portland Trail Blazers Rose Garden 1995 19,980 . 21 San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center 2002 18,581
7 Utah Jazz EnergySolutions Arena 1991 19,911 . 22 Phoenix Suns US Airways Center 1992 18,422
8 Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre 1999 19,800 . 23 Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena 1999 18,371
9 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden 1968 19,763 . 24 Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena 2002 18,203
10 Miami Heat American Airlines Arena 1999 19,600 . 25 Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse 1999 18,165
11 Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena 1966 19,596 . 26 Memphis Grizzlies FedEXForum 2004 18,119
12 Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center 1990 19,356 . 27 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center 2012 18,103
13 Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center 2001 19,200 . 28 Houston Rockets Toyota Center 2003 18,043
14 Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center 1999 19,155 . 29 Sacramento Kings Power Balance Pavilion 1988 17,317
15 Charlotte Bobcats Time Warner Cable Arena 2005 19,077 . 30 New Orleans Hornets New Orleans Arena 1999 17,188
NBA Averages 1995.8 18530.0

That said, the Jazz have one of the older buildings in use. (Yes, I see all the upgrades though) Do the Jazz need a new building, or do they need to keep doing renovations every few seasons? Would you support a tax for a new arena? That seems to be one of the biggest things the NBA looks for, especially out of certain markets. Ask the people of Seattle. Personally I don't think the Jazz need a new arena . . . but that's just me. I'm not David Stern.

* I even had it correct in this table, but wrote it wrong in the Intro. Guess which part of my posts I spend the least time on?

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