The 15 Most Expensive Arenas In The NBA

Barclays centre

Photo: Getty Images/Spencer Platt

The NBA season is underway with the Boston Celtics taking the court for the season’s first preseason matchup against Fenerbache Ulker in Istanbul on Friday.This season in particular marks an exciting change for the NBA as it enters Brooklyn, a market that hasn’t been touched since 1957. With the opening of the Barclays centre last weekend for a series of Jay-Z concerts, the NBA has another ritzy arena at its disposal to grow its fanbase in a new area of the country.

The arena was touted as the “World’s First Billion Dollar Arena,” but the Barclays centre isn’t even the class of the bunch. There are some other hefty pieces of real estate that house NBA teams as well.

15. Pepsi centre ($187 Million)

Opened: 1999

Tenants: Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth (NLL)

Capacity: 19,155

Coolest part: The arena is five tiers high with three separate restaurants and guests have a premier view of the Rocky Mountains from the arena's Grand Atrium.

(Source: Pepsi centre)

14. Toyota centre ($202 Million)

Opened: 2003

Tenants: Houston Rockets, Houston Aeros (AHL)

Capacity: 19,000

Coolest part: It hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2006 and the Latin Grammy's in 2008.

(Source: ESPN)

13. Wells Fargo centre ($210 Million)

Opened: 1996

Tenants: Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul (AFL), Philadelphia Wings (NLL)

Capacity: 20,328

Features: The Cure Insurance Club is one of the largest arena clubs in the country and sells world famous cheesesteaks from Campo's.

(Source: Wells Fargo centre)

T12. American Airlines Arena ($213 Million)

Opened: 1999

Tenants: Miami Heat

Capacity: 19,600

Coolest part: The arena is situated on the edge of the Biscayne Bay right between the bright lights of the city and the beach.

(Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

T12. Philips Arena ($213 Million)

Opened: 1999

Tenants: Atlanta Hawks

Capacity: 20,000

Coolest part: The Hawk Walk is an indoor street that houses several restaurants, a team store and connects the arena with the CNN centre and Georgia World Congress centre.

(Source: Philips Arena)

10. FedEx Forum ($250 Million)

Opened: 2004

Tenants: Memphis Grizzlies

Capacity: 18,119

Coolest part: The arena is housed in downtown Memphis amid the bright lights on well-known Beale Street. The Forum is also only a short walk from great sights of the Mississippi River.

(Source: FedEx Forum)

T8. Verizon centre ($260 Million)

Opened: 1997

Tenants: Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics (WNBA), Georgetown Hoyas

Capacity: 20,278

Coolest part: The arena features 106 suites and three clubs for VIPs, while two restaurants are housed in the centre for before, during and after games.

(Source: ESPN)

T8. Time Warner Cable Arena ($260 Million)

Opened: 2005

Tenants: Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

Capacity: 19,077

Coolest part: The arena's scoreboard houses the largest video screen of any arena in the NBA.

(Source: ESPN)

7. Air Canada Centre ($265 Million)

Opened: 1999

Tenants: Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Rock (NLL)

Capacity: 18,800

Coolest part: The Air Canada Centre boasts a Rickards Brewhouse and Molson Brewery within the arena for fresh beer served right on-site.

(Source: Air Canada Centre)

6. Rose Garden ($267 Million)

Opened: 2005

Tenants: Portland Trailblazers, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Capacity: 19,980

Coolest part: The arena deploys a unique element known as the acoustical cloud, which is a set of 160 rotating panels that is designed to make the rumble of the crowd that much louder.

(Source: ESPN)

5. Staples centre ($375 Million)

Opened: 1999

Tenants: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Capacity: 19,060

Coolest part: The arena is known to some as the entertainment centre of the world and features more than 250 events each year, from the X-Games to the Grammy's, and of course, Lakers and Clippers games.


4. American Airlines centre ($420 Million)

Opened: 2001

Tenants: Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars

Capacity: 19,200

Coolest part: The 72-acre area before the entrance known as the 'AT&T Plaza' hosts several outdoor events and serves as a gathering place to watch the game when you're not in the arena.

(Source: Stadium Travel Guide)

3. Amway centre ($480 Million)

Opened: 2010

Tenants: Orlando Magic, Orlando Predators (AFL), Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

Capacity: 20,000

Coolest part: The front of the arena features an element known as The Spire, which rises 180-feet into the sky and changes colours based on the event inside. Near the top is a lounge that overlooks the city of Orlando.

(Source: Orlando Sentinel)

2. Barclays centre ($1 Billion)

Opened: 2012

Tenants: Brooklyn Nets

Capacity: 18,200

Coolest part: The circular opening in front of the entrance known as the oculus is a 3,000-foot marquee that displays upcoming events and radiates bright-colours into the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues.

(Source: The New York Times)

1. Madison Square Garden ($1.1 Billion)

Opened: 1968

Tenants: New York Knicks, New York Rangers

Capacity: 19,763

Coolest part: Workers just completed the second stage of a three-year $850-million renovation project that will bump the total cost of the arena to over $1 billion. The finished product will have a suspended bridge over the playing surface.

(Source: Total Pro Sports)

Here's a sneak peak at the Barclays centre before the home opener

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