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NBA Attendance Seeing Small Bump; Pistons, Pacers Seeing Big Jumps At Home

NBA teams are averaging 17,217 fans per game through Dec. 8, up just over 1% compared to the same period last season. The Bulls continue to lead all teams at the gate after topping the NBA in home attendance last season. Bulls games at United Center are seeing a slight bump from the same point last year, with the building filled to nearly 105% capacity. Among other Eastern Conference teams, the Pistons and Pacers are seeing the biggest gains. Attendance at the Palace of Auburn Hills is up 17%, while Bankers Life Fieldhouse is seeing a 16% jump. Conversely, the 76ers are seeing the league's sharpest drop at the gate. Attendance at Wells Fargo Center is down 14%. See tomorrow's issue for Western Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH DEC. 8
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('12-13)
Bulls
8
175,009
21,876
104.6%
21,580
1.4%
11
Knicks*
10
198,120
19,812
100.0%
19,033
4.1%
7
Heat
11
216,609
19,692
100.5%
19,867
-0.9%
10
Raptors
9
163,253
18,139
91.6%
18,762
-3.3%
7
Cavaliers
9
162,600
18,067
87.9%
17,596
2.7%
8
Celtics
10
177,574
17,757
95.3%
18,624
-4.7%
11
Nets
8
141,856
17,732
100.0%
17,051
4.0%
10
Wizards
9
149,793
16,644
82.0%
15,498
7.4%
9
Pacers
9
147,976
16,442
90.5%
14,229
15.6%
8
Magic
10
160,171
16,017
85.0%
17,577
-8.9%
9
Bobcats
11
165,336
15,031
78.8%
15,174
-0.9%
12
Pistons
11
162,895
14,878
70.1%
12,637
17.7%
10
Bucks
10
144,331
14,433
77.1%
13,961
3.4%
9
Hawks
10
142,719
14,272
78.8%
13,856
3.0%
10
76ers
12
161,181
13,432
66.1%
15,652
-14.2%
12
E.C. TOTALS
147
2,469,423
16,799
86.0%
16,704
0.6%
143
NBA TOTALS
302
5,199,652
17,217
90.1%
16,977
1.4%
291
               

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. * = Renovation at Madison Square Garden increased capacity from 19,033 to 19,812 this season.

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