Basketball can be played anywhere, from the streets of New York to the beaches of California. However, these next five NBA arenas push the limits of that philosophy. While you’ll find great, diehard fans in all of these arenas and in all of these cities, these next stadiums just aren’t quite “with it” from an experience standpoint:
Memphis is a college basketball town, which means the Grizzlies are always trying to sell more tickets rather than entertain the fans that are there. The atmosphere is electric during the playoffs, but during the regular season, it's pretty bland.
Despite Washington's recent success, the Verizon Center is still often very quiet and dull.
The Target Center is a little older, so it doesn't have any of the state-of-the-art amenities other arenas do. It's a basic, no-frills arena without anything particularly bad about it (other than the team), but it doesn't have anything good about it either.
Sacramento has some of the most passionate fans in the league, but their stadium's scratched wooden stairs and plastic chairs are outdated.
The Bradley Center is perhaps the most generic arena in the league. There's nothing that stands out about it - other than the parts of it that are falling apart.Back to the NBA Newsfeed