Top NBA Arenas to See a Basketball Game

NCAA Basketball DePaul vs Xavier at Madison Square Garden in New York City in March. Photo by Duncan Williams/CSM/Shutterstock (10580516l)

The National Basketball Association is one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic sports leagues. The best hoopers in the entire world square off from October to June every year for a chance to claim the NBA title.

One of the main draws of the league is its fantastic arenas and game-day experiences. If you’re a fan looking to dive head-first into what the NBA’s passion and excitement feel like, here are three arenas you must visit.

Madison Square Garden: New York Knicks

The New York Knicks’ home arena of Madison Square Garden is considered a Mecca of basketball and with good reason. This Manhattan arena is full to the brim with over 20,000 rabid fans and New York celebrities for every home game, who cheer on the Knicks in sickness and in health.

Staples Center: Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers

On the other coast is the Staples Center, which was finished in 1999 and is considered to be one of the best places to see an NBA game in the country. The Los Angeles Lakers are the most famous tenant here, but the Clippers also put on a show in a city where there is live basketball multiple times per week to see. 

Moda Center: Portland Trail Blazers

While the Portland Trail Blazers’ home might not be as famous as the previous two arenas, if you’re looking for pure passion and excitement, this is the place to go. Portland fans are considered some of the most passionate and rowdiest in the NBA, making every game at the Moda Center an exciting affair.