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#1 BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE
"In 49 states it's just basketball... but this is Indiana". This slogan rings in the opening montage, and this
building so personifies the basketball tradition in the Hoosier State. This is not just a fieldhouse, it is
THE fieldhouse, modeled after the state's high school gymnasiums and college venues where
basketball reigns supreme. Complete with great displays and set in a vibrant downtown neighborhood,
we rank this venue the finest of them all in the four major sports.
Arc- 10, Food-8, Scbd-7, Ush-5, Fans-7, Loc-9, Bann-7, Ent-7, Conc-9, Bonus-9 Total: 78
#2 TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
A long time dream of a state of the art sports venue in the middle of Uptown Charlotte is now a reality, as
Charlotte has spun itself an arena dedicated to its history, its culture and its reputation as a center of
banking, textile, and of course... basketball! The amazing HDTV scoreboard will simply take your breath
away, and don't leave without trying the milkshakes, a must have.
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-10, Ush-9, Fans-4, Loc-7, Bann-5, Ent-5.5, Conc-8, Bonus-9 Total: 74.5
#3 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
NEW YORK KNICKS
OK we are biased Knicks fans but what the heck!!! There is always room at the top of the list for the
World's Greatest Entertainment Center. History comes alive here - wasn't that Willis Reed just limping
onto the court? Wasn't that Jordan dropping 55 points? Wait forget about that one!
Arc- 7, Food-4, Scbd-4.5, Ush-7, Fans-9, Loc-9, Bann-8, Ent-4.5, Conc-6, Bonus-10 Total: 69
#4 MODA CENTER
A beautiful plaza centered by a fountain spewing fire and water is just the beginning when visiting this
arena. The entire building is done in red and black team colors, and great attention to memorabilia and
displays. Portland has an enthusiastic fan base that rabidly supports their Blazers
Arc- 8, Food-5, Scbd-8, Ush-6, Fans-8, Loc-5, Bann-8, Ent-6.5, Conc-8, Bonus-6 Total: 68.5
#5 AT&T CENTER
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The city is home to the Alamo, and yes, the state's southwest and Texas heritage is beautifully displayed
in the colorful concourses and decorative art, and a venue with plenty of dining and entertainment
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-8, Ush-8, Fans-8, Loc-3, Bann-6, Ent-8, Conc-8, Bonus-4 Total: 68
t#6 AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
The NBA's most technologically advanced arena - with plasma HDTV monitors everywhere, each seat
wired for future internet hookups and state of the art digital LED boards and scoreboards, all done with
stunning architecture and splendid design. Oh, did we mention Mark Cuban, the coolest team owner in
all of sports?
Arc- 9, Food-8.5, Scbd-9, Ush-5, Fans-7, Loc-6.5, Bann-5, Ent-6, Conc-8.5, Bonus-3 Total: 67.5
#9 WELLS FARGO CENTER
As bad as the Vet was, Philly more than makes up for it with their great arena right next door. Plenty of
exhibits and games in the corridors, and even a brew pub and TV studio right in the building.
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-7, Ush-5, Fans-8, Loc-4, Bann-8, Ent-5, Conc-8, Bonus-5 Total: 65
t#10 PEPSI CENTER
Not one but two stupendous atriums in a red, copper and glass building that is pleasing to the eye both
inside and out. On the edge of downtown, lots to do before and after the game.
Arc- 7, Food-8.5, Scbd-6, Ush-6, Fans-4, Loc-5, Bann-7, Ent-6, Conc-7, Bonus-6 Total: 62.5
t#10 PHILLIPS ARENA
A great venue, in a new twist all of the premium seating is located on one sideline. Sad to see that by
judging the attendance figures, no one in Atlanta seems to realize that this place even exists. Main
entrance opens into the breathtaking CNN World Headquarters atrium.
Arc- 6.5, Food-8, Scbd-8, Ush-6, Fans-1, Loc-7, Bann-7, Ent-7, Conc-6, Bonus-6 Total: 62.5
t#12 TD GARDEN
All you need to see are all the Celtic banners and names hanging from the rafters, and you know you are
in the midst of one of THE great franchises. By the way, has "The Big Dig" been completed?
Arc- 4.5, Food-6, Scbd-5.5, Ush-5, Fans-8, Loc-6, Bann-10, Ent-4, Conc-5, Bonus-7.5 Total: 61.5
t#12 STAPLES CENTER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
If you're going to visit one of the country's most expensive and glitziest arenas, then make sure it is for a
Clippers game. Still plenty of celebrities, tickets are cheaper, and game day staff people are kinder and
gentler than those at Lakers games.
Arc- 8.5, Food-7, Scbd-8, Ush-6, Fans-6, Loc-7, Bann-2, Ent-5, Conc-6, Bonus-6 Total: 61.5
t#14 TOYOTA CENTER
Ultra modern center court video board and baseline scoreboards are a great centerpiece to this
sparkling new venue....that and that big Chinese guy in the middle who's almost tall enough to touch it!!!!
Arc- 5, Food-6.5, Scbd-9.5, Ush-7, Fans-6, Loc-6, Bann-6, Ent-6, Conc-5, Bonus-4 Total: 61
t#16 BMO HARRIS BRADLEY CENTER
We were totally clueless about this place so we were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful atrium lobby
decorated with streamers and balloons, a swing band entertaining patrons as they arrive, and a
sparkling and beautiful arena right in the middle of downtown Milwaukee.
Arc- 5, Food-6, Scbd-5, Ush-7, Fans-5, Loc-9, Bann-7, Ent-6, Conc-6, Bonus-4 Total: 60
t#16 UNITED CENTER
The team has been horrible, yet fans fill this place night after night. Best pregame intro show in the NBA,
which has helped keep the fans awake during the recent post Jordan lean years.
Arc- 7, Food-6, Scbd-7, Ush-5, Fans-8, Loc-2, Bann-7, Ent-9, Conc-7, Bonus-2 Total: 60
t#16 QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
Our favorite venue in Cleveland is this sparkling arena next to the Jake. Customer service here is the
friendliest in the land. Tickets are getting harder to come by now that King LeBron is in town.
Arc- 7, Food-7, Scbd-5, Ush-9, Fans-4, Loc-7, Bann-7, Ent-5, Conc-7, Bonus-2 Total: 60
t#19 VERIZON CENTER
Condos and eateries a plenty near the arena here in the heart of the nation's capital. MJ came, and then
MJ left, and a fat lot of good his presence did for the franchise. The venue sits amidst the hustle and
bustle of our national capital, with endless choices for things to do before and after the game steps from
the front door.
Arc- 6, Food-5, Scbd-6, Ush-3, Fans-4, Loc-9.5, Bann-6, Ent-5, Conc-7, Bonus-7 Total: 58.5
t#19 AIR CANADA CENTRE
Was this place named for an airline or #15 Vince Carter? (Who cares! Vince flies Continental now.) Still a
hockey town first, but Raptors games seem to have a more boisterous atmosphere. Check out the many
cool exhibits in the concourses.
Arc- 7, Food-6, Scbd-7, Ush-6, Fans-6, Loc-7, Bann-3, Ent-7, Conc-4.5, Bonus-5 Total: 58.5
t#19 FEDEX FORUM
Set amidst the historic Beale Street district, the Grizzlies couldn't have picked a more appropriate location
for their new venue. Hopefully "The Logo" can continue to build a club that's as great as the arena it plays
Arc- 7, Food-7.5, Scbd-8.5, Ush-2, Fans-5.5, Loc-9.5, Bann-2, Ent-5, Conc-7.5, Bonus-4 Total: 58.5
#22 SLEEP TRAIN ARENA
A wild, loud, proud, and boisterous audience greeted us for our evening in Sacramento (and that was for
the mighty Cavs). Feet pounding on the wooden floors adds to the noise. Win or lose this place has
always been SRO since it opened in the late 80's.
Arc- 5, Food-7, Scbd-4, Ush-6, Fans-10, Loc-4, Bann-9, Ent-6, Conc-4, Bonus-3 Total: 58
#23 TARGET CENTER
A nice, early 90s venue without the bells and whistles, with endless options for before and after the game
dining and entertainment in a vibrant downtown setting. Overhead walkway network in downtown
Minneapolis takes you anywhere you want to go without stepping outside.
Arc- 5, Food-5, Scbd-3, Ush-8, Fans-9, Loc-8, Bann-4, Ent-6, Conc-6, Bonus-3 Total: 57
#24 PALACE AT AUBURN HILLS
AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN
An older venue that still shines, while many have gone up since then. Great exhibit area in the main
concourse. We just wish the Palace was closer to downtown than to Sault St. Marie.
Arc- 4.5, Food-4.5, Scbd-4.5, Ush-6, Fans-8, Loc-2.5, Bann-7, Ent-7, Conc-5.5, Bonus-7 Total: 56.5
#25 STAPLES CENTER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
LA's showplace arena would shoot right to the top of this list, but major deductions are given for the rude
and arrogant game day staff. Lakers are 0 for 4 on our journey, the USRT curse is on you guys for the way
you treated us!
Arc- 8.5, Food-7, Scbd-8, Ush-0, Fans-7, Loc-7, Bann-6, Ent-6, Conc-6, Bonus-0 Total: 55.5
#26 AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA
Looks great from a distance as bright yellow, orange and red lighting glow from the windowed fascia.The
gap between opulent and poor neighbohoods can be seen right here. AAA - splendid! Miami Arena just
two blocks away - YIKES!!!
Arc- 8, Food-6, Scbd-7, Ush-5, Fans-4, Loc-6, Bann-3, Ent-6.5, Conc-5, Bonus-4 Total: 54.5
t#27 U.S. AIRWAYS CENTER
Even after a recent renovation, upper concourse is very narrow and constricted and seating bowl ads very
cluttered. From the looks of things, further upgrades and remodeling have improved this arena. Nice
Arc- 6, Food-5, Scbd-5, Ush-5, Fans-7, Loc-6, Bann-8, Ent-4, Conc-3, Bonus-5 Total: 54
t#27 SMOOTHIE KING CENTER
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Here in the Big Easy, where flamboyance and color is the norm, sits a new arena that is clean and bright
yet pale and drab. Surround digital LED boards very well utilized with great graphics and effects.
Arc- 3.5, Food-6, Scbd-7, Ush-2, Fans-6, Loc-7.5, Bann-5, Ent-6, Conc-7, Bonus-4 Total: 54
#29 ENERGYSOLUTIONS ARENA
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
A nice arena in a clean city, with nicely landscaped plazas yet a bit austere. Check out Gateway - a new
and cool shopping, condo and entertainment complex just a block away.
Arc- 4, Food-4.5, Scbd-3.5, Ush-6, Fans-7, Loc-6, Bann-6.5, Ent-5, Conc-7, Bonus-4 Total: 53.5
t#6 AMWAY CENTER
The Church Street streetscape beckons fans to come early and stay late, as plenty of things to do and
experience outside the arena in the Florida weather of downtown Orlando. Superb scoreboard and nice
arena layout all make for a great NBA outing.
Arc- 6.5, Food-8, Scbd-10, Ush-7.5, Fans-5.5, Loc-7, Bann-6, Ent-6, Conc-7, Bonus-4 Total :67.5
#30 ORACLE ARENA
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Rumor has it that this place was renovated in the late 90's...they sure fooled us as the sightlines were
wretched here. Did that sub five foot tall man in the row in front of us really block our view? Absolutely!!!
Arc- 4, Food-4, Scbd-5, Ush-6, Fans-5, Loc-3, Bann-6.5, Ent-6, Conc-2, Bonus-0 Total : 41.5
Arc- Location and architecture
Food- Concessions and team store
Scbd- Scoreboard and electronics
Ush-Ushers and game day staff
Fans- Fan enthusiasm and support
Bann- Retired numbers, banners
Ent- Event presentation
Conc - Fan comfort and concourses
Bonus- Extra bonus points
#8 CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
This city went nuts over the Hornets when they set up temporary residence, so now the NBA has
rewarded OKC with a team of their own, via relocation from Seattle. The Ford Center is centrally located
in the middle of a bustling downtown, with plenty of entertainment and shopping venues closeby.
Arc- 6.5, Food-6.5, Scbd-7, Ush-6.5, Fans-9, Loc-8.5, Bann-4, Ent-8, Conc-5, Bonus-6 Total: 67
t#14 BARCLAYS CENTER
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Dazzling and amazingly opulent architecture in a dynamic urban neighborhood is offset by a pitch drk
seating bowl, ordinary electronics, and concourses devoid of color and stifling traffic choke points. The
Brooklyn Nets still have their supporters coming in t town via the PATH Train and subway. One more plus
- the vast and diverse food selection. And props to rapper Jay Z and his imprint on the franchise.
Arc- 8.5, Food-9, Scbd-6.5, Ush-3.5, Fans-5.5, Loc-7, Bann-8, Ent-8, Conc-2, Bonus-3 Total :61