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  • NBA Regular-Season Attendance Flat; Pistons At Basement Of Eastern Conference

    NBA teams averaged 17,348 fans per game during the '12-13 regular season, relatively flat compared to the figure during the lockout-shortened '11-12 season. The Bulls topped all clubs for the fourth straight season with an average of 21,877 fans per game, down just over 1% from the club's average last season. The Nets led all clubs in gains during their first season at Barclays Center (+23%), and the team was the only one to see a double-digit percentage gain at the gate. Eastern Conference teams also seeing bigger gains at the gate were the Raptors (+8%) and Pacers (+8%). The Pistons finished last among Eastern Conference teams at the gate with an average of 14,783. The club as recently as the '08-09 season was the league leader in attendance. The Magic saw the sharpest drop among Eastern Conference clubs, down 7%. Listed below is NBA Eastern Conference attendance for the '12-13 regular season, with comparisons to last season. See tomorrow's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('11-12)
    Bulls
    41
    896,944
    21,877
    104.6%
    22,161
    -1.3%
    33
    Heat
    41
    819,290
    19,983
    102.0%
    19,935
    0.2%
    33
    Knicks*
    41
    780,353
    19,033
    100.0%
    19,763
    -3.7%
    33
    Celtics**
    40
    744,960
    18,624
    100.0%
    18,624
    0.0%
    33
    Raptors
    41
    743,936
    18,145
    91.6%
    16,836
    7.8%
    33
    Magic
    41
    721,414
    17,595
    91.8%
    18,897
    -6.9%
    33
    Nets^
    41
    704,702
    17,188
    96.9%
    13,961
    23.1%
    33
    76ers
    41
    685,412
    16,717
    82.2%
    17,503
    -4.5%
    33
    Wizards
    41
    670,070
    16,343
    80.5%
    16,728
    -2.3%
    33
    Cavaliers
    41
    663,882
    16,192
    78.7%
    15,927
    1.7%
    33
    Bobcats
    41
    628,293
    15,324
    80.3%
    14,757
    3.8%
    33
    Pacers
    41
    626,069
    15,270
    84.1%
    14,169
    7.8%
    33
    Hawks
    41
    620,146
    15,126
    82.9%
    15,200
    -0.5%
    33
    Bucks
    41
    616,469
    15,036
    80.3%
    14,719
    2.2%
    33
    Pistons^^
    41
    606,094
    14,783
    67.2%
    14,413
    2.6%
    33
    E.C. TOTALS
    614
    10,528,034
    17,147
    88.0%
    16,906
    1.4%
    495
    NBA TOTALS
    1,229
    21,320,319
    17,348
    90.8%
    17,274
    0.4%
    990
                   

    NOTES: All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. Last season NBA teams played 66-game schedules that started in late December, compared to this season, when teams played their traditional 82-game schedules and began in late October. * = With the ongoing renovation of Madison Square Garden, capacity for Knicks games is now 19,033, down from the previous capacity of 19,763. ** = The Celtics-Pacers game scheduled for April 16 was canceled due to the Boston Marathon bombings. ^ = The Nets are playing in the Barclays Center this season, having relocated from New Jersey and Prudential Center following the '11-12 season. ^^ = Includes a designated Pistons home game played at the O2 Arena in London against the Knicks in January.

     

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