Arc- Location and architecture
Food- Concessions and team store
Scbd- Scoreboard and electronics
Ush-Ushers and game day staff
Fans- Fan enthusiasm and support
Loc- Location
Bann- Retired numbers, banners
and history
Ent- Event presentation
Conc - Fan comfort and concourses
Bonus- Extra bonus points
NBA Venue Rankings     
#1 BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
INDIANA PACERS
"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
CHARLOTTE HORNETS
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
PORTLAND, OREGON
PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
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
DALLAS, TEXAS
DALLAS MAVERICKS
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
t#6 AMWAY CENTER
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
ORLANDO MAGIC
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
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
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
DENVER, COLORADO
DENVER NUGGETS
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
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
ATLANTA HAWKS
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
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
BOSTON CELTICS
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
HOUSTON, TEXAS
HOUSTON ROCKETS
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
BROOKLYN NETS

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
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE BUCKS
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
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CHICAGO BULLS
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
CLEVELAND, OHIO
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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
WASHINGTON, D.C.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS
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
TORONTO, ONTARIO
TORONTO RAPTORS
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
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
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
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
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
DETROIT PISTONS
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
MIAMI, FLORIDA
MIAMI HEAT
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
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
PHOENIX SUNS
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
UTAH JAZZ
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
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
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
     
  FORMER VENUES
 
COMPAQ CENTER
HOUSTON, TEXAS
HOUSTON ROCKETS

What was once known as "The Summit" served as the longtime home of the
Houston Rockets, until they relocated to the downtown Toyota Center in 2004.
The building has been renovated and now is a mega church facility.
KEY ARENA
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
SEATTLE SUPERSONICS

"Save our Sonics" was the mantra of the rabid fans who supported their team
through thick and thin. Nonetheless corporate greed and a new venue in OKC
forced the teams relocation after 2005. The venue still stands and is open for
business.
AMWAY ARENA
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
ORLANDO MAGIC

The old Amway Arena gave way to the new Amway Center two blocks away. The
former home of the Orlando Magic has since been demolished and the site
redeveloped in a hot downtown Orlando real estate market.
IZOD CENTER
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY
NEW JERSEY NETS

The nets moved here from Long Island where they had been born in the old
ABA days. The building remained extremely functional, until the franchise set its
sights for more riches in the New York City market. The tam now plays in
Brooklyn. The Izod Center still stands.
PRUDENTIAL CENTER
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
NEW JERSEY NETS

Until the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn was ready for play, the Nets spent two
seasons sharing the Prudential Center with the NHL New Jersey Devils.
THE PYRAMID
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Memphis' iconic building served as the home of the Grizzlies once they
relocated from Vancouver, until the new FedEx Forum was completed as the
permanent home of the franchise. It is now home to a Bass Pro Shops.
CHARLOTTE COLISEUM
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE HORNETS

This was an NBA arena from 1988 to 2005 as the Charlotte Hornets, and later
the Charlotte Bobcats, played here. The arena was demolished in 2007 and the
site is being redeveloped.
ROGERS ARENA
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES

NBA basketball never caugh a lot of traction here. The team played second
fiddle to the NHL Vancouver Canucks and had little success on the court. The
team relocated to Memphis following the 2002 season. The arena still is home
to NHL hockey.
SLEEP TRAIN ARENA
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
SACRAMENTO KINGS
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.  The Kings moved to a new downtown arena in 2016.
NBDL
  FORMER VENUES
 
 
CENTURYLINK ARENA
BOISE, IDAHO
IDAHO STAMPEDE
USRT VISIT: MARCH 2009
This arena is nestled in the middle of dowbtown Boise, the state capital, with a
bustling retail and restaurant district nearby. The arena is also longtime home
to an ECHL franchise, and has a good number of premium amenities
including  an ample club section, suites and restaurant overlokking the playoff
surface. The Stampede moved to Salt Lake City after the 2016 season.