||#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 SPECTRUM CENTER
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 options.
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
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
||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
||#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
||#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
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#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
||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
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
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 in.
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 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
||#23 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
||#24 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
||#25 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#26 TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
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 downtown location.
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
||#28 VIVINT SMART HOME 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
||#29 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