Unlike last season and a half ago, this year’s NBA calendar year finally welcomed fans at full capacity back to the arena. And despite the ongoing challenges the pandemic still presents, the league’s paid attendance was 92% higher this season. But from all the 30 teams (who all hosted homecourt this year), five home courts stood out as the most visited arenas this season.
Based on ESPN’s NBA attendance report, here are the top five teams with the highest home attendance in the 2021-2022 regular season. Note that not all arenas have the same seat capacity and ticket prices, impacting this list.
It’s not surprising that once the Bulls became a contending team (at least it seemed like it at the start of the season), many fans started to flock to their arena again. They had the most home attendance this season, specifically 856,148 people in 41 games and an average of 20,881 fans per game. It’s not hard to figure out why.
Chicago got off to a hot start and was number one in the Eastern Conference standings at the beginning of the year. Thanks to the acquisition of DeMar DeRozan and role players like Alex Caruso, exciting times are back for the Bulls loyalists. A city that always loved its basketball team.
The Sixers had a total of 846,867 people in 41 games, with an average of 20,655 visitors per game. Philadelphia’s home court is known as one of the most hostile and loudest environments to play in. I mean, did you see how they booed Ben Simmons his first time back? To add, Sixers’ superstar Joel Embiid was on a tear even before James Harden came aboard, so that alone was a must-see for fans.
The duo of Embiid and Harden probably also got Sixers fans excited, and it helped that they were a competitive team in the regular season. Last but not least, the emergence of Tyrese Maxey brought a lot of cheer and excitement to the Sixers fanbase throughout the regular season.
This is pretty self-explanatory — Luka Doncic is a must-see TV for basketball fans. Every shot, pass, and rebound got at least 809,315 people who attended Dallas’ game this year up to their seats. The Mavs averaged 19,739 home-watchers per game as they ranked third in the league in highest home attendance.
This is easily the Mavs’ most competitive team in the past decade, and with Doncic solidifying his place in the top tier of superstars in the league, it’s only going to increase in the coming years. Credit goes to Mark Cuban for finally putting together a competent and more determined roster around his superstar.
The Heat get a ton of flack for their lack of fan attendance, but the stats will tell naysayers otherwise. Miami had a total of 804,761 visitors in their arena this season, with an average of 19,628 people per game. This season, the Heat were on a roll after securing the best record in the Eastern Conference and acquiring Kyle Lowry, who boosted the team in the regular season.
Plus, it helps the Heat have a club inside their arena, fully depicting what the city’s best known for. Can you imagine going to a basketball game and a club at once? It sounds like a treat!
In 41 games, the Celtics had 766,240 attendees and 19,156 fans per game. That says a lot about the fanbase in Boston. They’re rewarded with the superpowers of Jayson Tatum alongside his teammates Marus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and the rest of the best Celtics roster we’ve seen in years.