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  • Heat Attendance Up 13.5% To Date; Pistons Down 9.5% In Detroit

    The Heat are the only NBA team seeing a double-digit percentage increase in attendance this season, up 13.5% through Feb. 15. The Bulls lead all NBA teams with 21,543 fans per game at United Center, up 4.2% from a year ago. During their first season at the Amway Center, the Magic are up 8.4% in attendance. The Nets' attendance is flat during their first season at Prudential Center in Newark after leaving Izod Center following last season. The Pistons are seeing the sharpest drop among NBA teams, down almost 10% at the gate. Listed below is attendance for the NBA Eastern Conference, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH FEB. 15
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('09-10)
    Bulls
    28
    603,213
    21,543
    103.0%
    20,685
    4.2%
    24
    Cavaliers
    25
    508,363
    20,335
    98.9%
    20,562
    -1.1%
    27
    Heat
    25
    493,816
    19,753
    100.8%
    17,405
    13.5%
    26
    Knicks
    26
    512,434
    19,709
    99.7%
    19,488
    1.1%
    28
    Magic
    28
    529,941
    18,926
    102.3%
    17,461
    8.4%
    25
    Celtics
    29
    540,096
    18,624
    100.0%
    18,624
    0.0%
    24
    Pistons
    28
    461,965
    16,499
    74.7%
    18,237
    -9.5%
    27
    Raptors
    27
    438,232
    16,231
    82.0%
    17,688
    -8.2%
    26
    Wizards
    27
    436,799
    16,178
    80.2%
    16,891
    -4.2%
    25
    Bobcats
    28
    446,975
    15,963
    83.7%
    15,078
    5.9%
    25
    Bucks
    25
    384,880
    15,395
    82.3%
    15,039
    2.4%
    24
    Hawks
    26
    379,938
    14,613
    78.0%
    16,037
    -8.9%
    27
    76ers
    26
    367,906
    14,150
    69.6%
    13,695
    3.3%
    25
    Pacers
    27
    367,183
    13,599
    74.9%
    13,863
    -1.9%
    26
    Nets
    28
    367,172
    13,113
    70.1%
    13,123
    -0.1%
    24
    E.C. TOTALS
    403
    6,838,913
    16,970
    86.7%
    16,962
    0.0%
    383
    NBA TOTALS
    821
    14,022,871
    17,080
    89.2%
    17,031
    0.3%
    780
     

    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.

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