After more than a year since the COVID-19 outbreak, it seems like life is slowing going back to normal as sports arenas are opening their doors for fans. If we could learn something from this previous season, it would be that sport is not the same without fans.
Sports matches from the NBA to soccer got record low ratings even though most people are at home. This has a lot to do with the attendance at sports matches just because the atmosphere is not the same with empty seats.
However, there is some good news laying on the horizon. The situation with the pandemic is slowly stabilizing and most teams are considering opening their doors for fans.
When it comes to the NBA, some teams already announced that they are reopening their arenas, such as:
Atlanta Hawks – Will going to allow 45% of the arena’s full capacity or around 7,625 fans
Boston Celtics – Will open their doors for 25% of the arena’s full capacity
Dallas Mavericks – Already have opened their arena, but they plan to increase attendance near to full capacity
Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets will allow 10,500 fans for their upcoming playoff games which is slightly more than 50% of the arena full capacity
As countries move closer to global immunity, we expect that the restrictions and regulations will drop significantly. This means that it is a good time to fuel our passion and visit an NBA game.
But which arena to visit?
Well, we highlighted some of the best arenas that should be on your bucket list.
If you are going to Los Angeles, California, this is a good time to visit the Staples Center since it is the most impressive arena in the league. This is usually the arena where Grammy Awards are hosted and home to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kings, the Clippers, and the Sparks.
The arena can house around 19,000 screaming basketball fans and you need to plan ahead since tickets can be limited.
Madison Square Garden
One of the most popular arenas in the league is the Madison Square Garden, and there is a good reason for that. The Garden is home to the Knicks, which are slowly improving and going back to former glory.
This stadium opened its doors back in 1968, and since then it went through a lot of renovations. With a capacity of 20,000, this arena is also home to a lot of concerts and other events. Same as the Staples Center, tickets are very hard to come by, so make sure you make reservations in time.
If you are looking for a sleek and modern arena that is an engineering masterpiece with a LEED Silver certification, then Barclays in Brooklyn, New York. This is a relatively new arena compared to others in the league that opened its doors back in 2012 with a capacity of 19,000 people.
This arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty and it should definitely be on your must-see arenas list this year.
Home to the Boston Celtics, the TD Garden is one of the top 5 NBA arenas to visit in the United States. One of the most interesting facts about this arena is that it had 33 official names over its 28-year history.
With a construction cost of nearly half a million dollars, including the renovations in 2019, the TD Garden is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in the league. TD Garden has a capacity of 18,500 and with its traditional green accents, it is definitely a beautiful place to visits.
It is estimated that more than 3.5 million people visit the TD Garden for NBA matches, hockey, many concerts, and other events, which proves that it is definitely worth the trip.
There you have it, some of the most interesting NBA arenas to visit. And if you can’t go to the matches, at least check out the TwinSpires Edge latest NBA rumors to keep up to date with the most recent transfer gossip.