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NBA Sets Record For Average Season Attendance; Hawks Up 21% At Philips Arena

The NBA averaged 17,826 fans per game during the '14-15 regular season, marking a new record for the league. The previous record was set in '06-07 with 17,757 fans. NBA teams also had 700 sellouts, passing the previous record of 676 sellouts from 20 seasons ago. The Bulls led all teams in average attendance for the sixth straight season with 21,866. The last time the team did not lead was in '08-09, when the Pistons took the top spot. Fueled by a surprising run to the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks led NBA teams in gains at the gate, up 21% at Philips Arena. Also seeing double-digit percentage gains were the Hornets, Cavaliers and Bucks. Only one team -- the Nuggets -- had a double-digit percentage decline (-13%). Attendance for home games at Pepsi Center was 14,700 per game, marking the Nuggets' lowest figure since they moved into the venue prior to the '99-'00 season (THE DAILY).

'14-15 NBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
Bulls
41
896,525
21,866
104.5%
21,716
0.7%
Cavaliers
41
843,042
20,562
100.0%
17,330
18.7%
Mavericks
41
827,702
20,188
105.1%
19,951
1.2%
Knicks
41
812,292
19,812
100.0%
19,812
0.0%
Raptors
41
809,824
19,752
99.8%
18,252
8.2%
Heat
41
808,223
19,713
100.6%
19,781
-0.3%
Warriors
41
803,436
19,596
100.0%
19,596
0.0%
Trail Blazers
41
801,377
19,546
100.5%
19,747
-1.0%
Clippers
41
785,892
19,168
100.6%
19,212
-0.2%
Jazz
41
772,059
18,831
94.6%
18,176
3.6%
Lakers
41
768,244
18,738
98.6%
18,829
-0.5%
Spurs
41
762,855
18,606
100.1%
18,415
1.0%
Wizards
41
747,796
18,239
89.6%
17,026
7.1%
Rockets
41
747,412
18,230
101.1%
18,124
0.6%
Thunder
41
746,323
18,203
100.0%
18,203
0.0%
Celtics
41
721,350
17,594
94.5%
18,107
-2.8%
Hawks
41
713,909
17,412
96.1%
14,340
21.4%
Grizzlies
41
710,502
17,329
95.6%
16,718
3.7%
Hornets
41
704,886
17,192
90.1%
15,519
10.8%
Nets
41
698,529
17,037
96.1%
17,252
-1.2%
Suns
41
693,862
16,923
93.7%
15,872
6.6%
Pacers
41
691,434
16,864
92.8%
17,501
-3.6%
Magic
41
688,194
16,785
89.1%
16,245
3.3%
Pelicans
41
683,757
16,677
98.9%
16,391
1.7%
Kings
41
680,049
16,587
95.8%
16,291
1.8%
Pistons
41
625,917
15,266
71.9%
15,025
1.6%
Bucks
41
611,226
14,908
79.6%
13,465
10.7%
Nuggets
41
602,707
14,700
76.7%
16,900
-13.0%
T'Wolves
41
595,652
14,528
74.8%
14,565
-0.3%
76ers
41
571,572
13,941
68.6%
13,869
0.5%
TOTALS
1,230
21,926,548
17,826
93.5%
17,408
2.4%
             

NOTES: Totals include designated home games for the Hawks last season and Bucks this season played in London, as well as a T'Wolves home game played in Mexico City this season.