Largest NBA Arenas: Ranking NBA Arenas by Capacity

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Inside the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, during an NBA game.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Oct 05, 2022, 8:40 PM
  • There are 29 arenas in the NBA.
  • The average capacity of NBA arenas is 18,790.
  • United Center is the biggest NBA arena.

Basketball betting is more exciting when fans from different fanbases root for their respective teams and place their bets at online sportsbooks, particularly on NBA odds. The fans are considered the 6th man of NBA teams in the league as they cheer during home games.

But who among these NBA teams has the largest arena based on capacity?

What Is the Largest NBA Arena?

United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls, is the largest NBA arena in the 2022-23 season as it houses a capacity of 20,917. It’s one of four arenas in the league which can accommodate over 20,000 fans. 

The other three arenas with 20,000-plus seats are the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Capital One Arena in Washington and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Nine arenas can accommodate 19,000-plus fans and the other 16 arenas have a capacity between 18,000-plus and 16,000-plus. 

On the other hand, the two smallest NBA arenas are the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, which has 16,867 and 16,600 maximum capacity, respectively.

18,790 is the average capacity of all 29 NBA arenas.

Largest NBA Arenas, Ranked by Capacity

StadiumCapacityTeam(s)
United Center20,917Bulls
Wells Fargo Center20,47876ers
Capital One Arena20,356Wizards
Little Caesars Arena20,332Pistons
Madison Square Garden19,812Knicks
Scotiabank Arena19,800Raptors
FTX Arena19,600Heat
Ball Arena19,520Nuggets
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse19,432Cavaliers
Moda Center19,393Trail Blazers
American Airlines Center19,200Mavericks
Spectrum Center19,077Hornets
Crypto.com Arena19,060Lakers and Clippers
Amway Center18,846 Magic
Target Center18,798Timberwolves
TD Garden18,624Celtics
Footprint Center18,422Suns
AT&T Center18,418Spurs
Vivint Arena18,306Jazz
Paycom Center18,203Thunder
FedExForum18,119Grizzlies
Chase Center18,064Warriors
Toyota Center18,055Rockets
Bankers Life Fieldhouse17,923Pacers
Barclays Center17,732Nets
Golden 1 Center17,608Kings
Fiserv Forum17,341Bucks
Smoothie King Center16,867Pelicans
State Farm Arena16,600Hawks

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.