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
|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|
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?