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Addition Of Superstars Leading Heat To 14.4% Jump At The Gate

The Heat are averaging 19,619 fans per game through Dec. 8 in their first season with the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That figure is up a conference-best 14.4% compared to the same period a year ago. Five Eastern Conference teams are packing their respective arenas to full capacity or better, including the Cavaliers in the post-LeBron era. The Magic are up 8% during their first season at Amway Center, while the Nets' attendance is flat after the team moved from Izod Center in East Rutherford to Prudential Center in Newark. The Hawks are seeing the sharpest drop at home despite being in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are off 15.7% to date despite the addition of rookie G John Wall. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NBA Eastern Conference through Dec. 8, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's issue of THE DAILY for figures from Western Conference teams.

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH DECEMBER 8
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS
('09-10)
Bulls
9
191,254
21,250
101.6%
20,679
2.8%
8
Cavaliers
11
226,182
20,562
100.0%
20,562
0.0%
10
Knicks
10
196,602
19,660
99.5%
19,594
0.3%
12
Heat
13
255,050
19,619
100.1%
17,153
14.4%
11
Magic**
12
226,314
18,860
101.9%
17,461
8.0%
9
Celtics
11
204,864
18,624
100.0%
18,624
0.0%
11
Raptors
11
178,086
16,190
81.8%
17,536
-7.7%
10
Pistons
10
161,680
16,168
73.2%
17,537
-7.8%
10
Bucks
11
173,093
15,736
84.1%
14,772
6.5%
10
Bobcats
10
153,745
15,375
80.6%
14,851
3.5%
11
Wizards
9
131,822
14,647
72.6%
17,368
-15.7%
9
Hawks
12
167,021
13,918
74.3%
16,846
-17.4%
10
Pacers
10
137,705
13,771
75.8%
14,621
-5.8%
9
Nets*
10
136,560
13,656
73.0%
13,610
0.3%
8
76ers
10
133,915
13,392
65.9%
12,932
3.6%
9
E.C. TOTALS
159
2,673,893
16,817
86.1%
17,009
-1.1%
147
NBA TOTALS
325
5,499,708
16,922
88.4%
16,962
-0.2%
307
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. They may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.* = The Nets are playing in Prudential Center this season, having relocated from Izod Center after the '09-10 season. ** = The Magic are playing in Amway Center this season, having relocated from Amway Arena after the '09-10 season.

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