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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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