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  • Hornets Attendance Up 34.3%, With Franchise Above Mark Set In Lease

    Average attendance for the NBA is up 1.2% through February 3, buoyed in large part by Western Conference teams, who are seeing a 2.6% jump at the gate. The Trail Blazers, on the heels of a 19.5% jump in attendance last season, are averaging 20,543 fans per game at the Rose Garden, which is up 7.6% from the same period a year ago. The Mavericks also continue to average 20,000+ fans at each home game, but despite packing American Airlines Center to 104.2% capacity, average attendance is off 1.2% from a year ago. The Hornets are also seeing good signs from fans in New Orleans. The franchise, which signed a lease extension at New Orleans Arena last year, would get the option to leave after this season should the team average less than 14,735 in paid attendance for the final five months of last season through the end of the current season. The team is averaging 16,729 fans per game this season, up 34.3% from the same period a year ago. Through 57 regular-season home games since the signing of the new lease agreement, the team is averaging 15,541 fans per game. On the flip-side of the attendance coin are the Kings, who remain the only Western Conference team to see a double-digit decline in attendance (-12.2%). The chart below lists team-by-team attendance for the NBA Western Conference, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

    NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH FEBRUARY 3
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('07-08)
    Trail Blazers
    23
    472,492
    20,543
    102.8%
    19,092
    7.6%
    24
    Mavericks
    21
    420,277
    20,013
    104.2%
    20,252
    -1.2%
    23
    Jazz
    25
    497,466
    19,899
    99.9%
    19,905
    0.0%
    23
    Lakers
    27
    512,919
    18,997
    100.0%
    18,997
    0.0%
    24
    Warriors
    22
    414,176
    18,826
    96.1%
    19,463
    -3.3%
    22
    Thunder*
    25
    464,913
    18,597
    97.2%
    13,477
    38.0%
    24
    Suns
    23
    423,706
    18,422
    100.0%
    18,422
    0.0%
    21
    Spurs
    25
    449,321
    17,973
    95.6%
    18,555
    -3.1%
    25
    Rockets
    23
    402,800
    17,513
    97.1%
    17,293
    1.3%
    21
    Nuggets
    26
    440,692
    16,950
    88.5%
    16,598
    2.1%
    25
    Hornets
    23
    384,756
    16,729
    97.3%
    12,454
    34.3%
    24
    Clippers
    25
    386,290
    15,452
    81.1%
    16,040
    -3.7%
    24
    T'Wolves
    23
    321,961
    13,998
    72.3%
    14,395
    -2.8%
    22
    Grizzlies
    26
    332,417
    12,785
    70.6%
    12,935
    -1.2%
    26
    Kings
    24
    292,805
    12,200
    70.5%
    13,890
    -12.2%
    24
    W.C. TOTALS
    361
    6,216,991
    17,222
    91.5%
    16,785
    2.6%
    352
    NBA TOTALS
    719
    12,418,249
    17,272
    89.8%
    17,066
    1.2%
    697


    NOTE: * = Relocated from Seattle after '07-08 season.

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