Home Court Advantage: The 10 Best Arenas in the NBA
You can crunch statistics on players for days deciding who has the advantage on a certain game. But there's a certain point when statistics don't matter.
That's when the fans step in and can change the result of the game themselves. However, the fans are not the only thing that makes an arena great. It's the atmosphere, the design, and everything that makes it stand out.
Let's take a look at the top 10 best arenas the NBA has to offer.
Honorable Mention: Toyota Center - Houston Rockets
What's absolutely insane about the Toyota Center is that fans in a section behind the basket stand the majority of the game yelling at the top of their lungs.
If that doesn't remind you of a college basketball game or the European soccer league, I don't know what will.
The arena is still young and will get louder and more unique in the next couple of years.
10. United Center - Chicago Bulls
Seriously, how many seats does this arena have? If you go early when there's hardly anyone in the arena yet, it just feels like you are in a never ending location of seats.
This used to be the toughest place to play, arguably, during the Jordan era. Since then, it has slumped a little bit.
But I still believe Chicago has the most passionate fans.
9. TD Bank - Boston Celtics
What makes TD Bank Arena is its fans. Sure, the court looks cool. But the fans are awesome and will always be the central point of the organization.
However, it has a very boring layout inside and out.
Hopefully the upper management will pay the fans back with some extremely unique renovation in the near future.
8. American Airlines Arena - Miami Heat
The American Airlines Arena sits right on the waterfront. What else could you want?
D-Wade says it's his house, and he's not lying. The fans love him and show up in packs to be extremely loud during big games.
However, if the fans think it's going to be a dull game, they usually won't show. It's not rare that the Heat lets the upper bowl down to the lower section when games have low attendance.
7. Ford Center - Oklahoma City Thunder
It's not a surprise that the Thunder have the most college-like atmosphere during its games. When the Ford Center is only 30 miles away from Norman, you should expect that.
The Ford Center was updated over last season and now has a huge scoreboard over the court that adds a great element to the Areana.
It is also going to gain a very unique exterior design in the next two years to make up for its fairly routine building.
6. Rose Garden Arena - Portland Trail Blazers
This place is huge. You wouldn't think it would be able to get that loud when the fans get in to it.
The interior of the arena is very cool. Especially the rafters, for some reason. When the Trail Blazers are playing well, the place is electric. And it just so happens that they're playing good basketball in Portland now.
5. US Airways Center - Phoenix Suns
The Suns probably have the most alert fans in the NBA. They are on top of every call and probably get the loudest when there is one.
An extremely intelligent atmosphere that is in the heart of downtown Phoenix.
You could literally walk outside the doors and walk across the street to a nice restaurant or bar any direction you look.
4. Arco Arena - Sacramento Kings
Let's just be honest, the fans are loud and obnoxious. What's better than that?
The fans make the Arco Arena arguably the toughest place to play. The building isn't anything to be amazed by, it's an old and small building.
Plus, the ownership hasn't been afraid to admit they want a new building, desperately.
3. Madison Square Garden - New York Knicks
What is there not to like about this place?
It's the oldest arena in the league, and the building really isn't all that old. However, the fans are pure fans. They live and die with their team and they bring that spirit every game.
Hopefully the Knicks can restructure everything for next season and make it insanely loud as it used to be.
2. EnergySolutions Arena - Utah Jazz
The only thing not to like about the EnergySolutions Arena is the name of the arena.
The fans are awesome and are consistent every game. The lower bowl is extremely steep so it seems like the fans are literally on the court.
It's always extremely hot in the arena which I guess is strategy to get the fans more amped up, I guess?
1. Conseco Fieldhouse - Indiana Pacers
The Conseco Fieldhouse is without a doubt the best arena in the league, design wise.
It's the ONLY arena that is made to look like a high school or college gym from the 1950s. How cool is that?
Imagine if the Pacers were actually good. The fans are already loud when they want to be and you can see the potential it has.
Hopefully the team will grow and give the fans a reason to get rowdy.