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NBA Final Regular-Season Attendance On Par With '07-08

NBA teams averaged 17,520 fans per game this regular season, on par with last season, when the league averaged 17,395 fans per game. The Pistons led all teams at the gate, averaging 21,877 fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Two teams -- the Pacers and Hornets -- saw double-digit increases, up 16.0% and 19.7%, respectively, from last season. The Kings were the only team to post a double-digit drop at the gate (-10.3%). During their first season in Oklahoma City, the Thunder finished 11th in the league in attendance with 18,704 fans per game at Ford Center. The chart below lists NBA team-by-team attendance for the '08-09 regular season, with comparisons to last season (THE DAILY).

NBA REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS
('07-08)
Pistons
41
896,971
21,877
99.1%
22,076
-0.9%
41
Bulls
41
868,667
21,187
97.6%
21,988
-3.6%
41
Trail Blazers
41
841,499
20,524
102.7%
19,550
5.0%
41
Cavaliers
41
841,000
20,512
99.8%
20,465
0.2%
41
Mavericks
41
821,723
20,042
104.4%
20,286
-1.2%
41
Jazz
41
816,042
19,903
100.0%
19,908
0.0%
41
Knicks
41
790,801
19,288
97.6%
19,116
0.9%
41
Lakers
41
778,877
18,997
100.0%
18,997
0.0%
41
Warriors
41
776,660
18,943
96.7%
19,631
-3.5%
41
Raptors
41
769,707
18,773
94.8%
19,435
-3.4%
41
Thunder
41
766,868
18,704
97.7%
n/a
n/a
n/a
Celtics
41
763,584
18,624
100.0%
18,624
0.0%
41
Suns
41
755,302
18,422
100.0%
18,422
0.0%
41
Spurs
41
749,048
18,269
97.2%
18,565
-1.6%
41
Heat
41
748,778
18,263
93.2%
19,464
-6.2%
41
Rockets
41
717,669
17,504
97.0%
17,525
-0.1%
41
Nuggets
41
706,165
17,224
89.9%
17,365
-0.8%
41
Magic
41
698,768
17,043
97.6%
17,301
-1.5%
41
Hornets
41
695,727
16,969
98.7%
14,181
19.7%
41
Hawks
41
686,688
16,748
89.4%
16,281
2.9%
41
Wizards
41
681,119
16,613
82.4%
17,962
-7.5%
41
Clippers
41
663,587
16,185
84.9%
16,888
-4.2%
41
76ers*
41
647,898
15,802
78.0%
14,870
6.3%
41
Bucks
41
630,976
15,390
82.2%
15,596
-1.3%
41
Nets
41
621,062
15,148
75.8%
15,657
-3.3%
41
Bobcats
41
597,548
14,574
76.4%
14,717
-1.0%
41
T'Wolves
41
595,013
14,513
75.0%
14,477
0.2%
41
Pacers
41
581,472
14,182
78.1%
12,222
16.0%
41
Kings
41
520,169
12,687
73.3%
14,151
-10.3%
41
Grizzlies
41
519,895
12,680
70.0%
12,770
-0.7%
41
TOTALS
1,230
21,549,283
17,520
91.1%
17,395
0.7%
1,230


NOTES
: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room only ticket sales. All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games and may not reflect any subsequent adjustments. Previous year totals include statistics for Sonics at KeyArena in Seattle. * = Includes a designated 76ers home game played on March 13 at Wachovia Spectrum.

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