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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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