The Biggest NBA Arena Based on Seating Capacity

Whether it’s the cheapest tickets, the best (or worst) fanbases, or just the best uniforms, every NBA team wants to have a superlative to its name. However, which team has the biggest arena when it comes to home stadiums? Here are the largest arenas in the NBA by seating capacity.

5. Capital One Arena, Washington Wizards

  • 20,356 seats

With just over 20,000 seats, Capital One Arena has been the home to the Washington Wizards since 1997. The arena was also the host to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA East Regional, and 2001 All-Star Game. Built as part of a $9 billion redevelopment program, a lot of other businesses have popped up near the stadium. As a result, visitors enjoy access to the metro system, high-class hotels, and food choices.

4. Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 76ers

  • 20,478 seats

Home to the 76ers since it was built in 1996, the Wells Fargo Center has hosted a large number of major events like the 2001 NBA Finals and 2002 NBA All-Star weekend. The stadium is currently undergoing a $250 million makeover, which will expand the concessions and offerings. The stadium’s current food and beverage offerings are standard arena fair, but there are restaurants and pubs inside the stadium, too.

3. Little Caesars Arena, Detroit Pistons

  • 20,491 seats

The newest stadium on this list, Little Caesars Arena finished construction in 2017 and has been home to the Detroit Pistons ever since. The arena also has many features that make it a more sustainable, environmentally friendly building.

Additionally, as the heart of The Detroit District development project, the brand-new stadium also serves as a hub for local patrons and businesses alike. Visitors have plenty of options when it comes to refreshments, ranging from usual stadium offerings to food and drink options from local shops like The District Bar and Grill. 

2. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 20,562 seats

Formerly known as the Quicken Loans Arena, the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has housed the Cavaliers since it opened in 1994. One feature is that it’s accommodating toward guests. For example, it has a nursing room for mothers and provides accessibility options for people with sensory sensitivity needs.

The stadium also is taking steps to become more sustainable, including minimizing food waste and reducing water usage. While visiting the arena, guests can eat at restaurants both inside and near the stadium.

1. United Center, Chicago Bulls

  • 20,917 seats

The largest NBA arena when it comes to seating capacity, the United Center opened in 1994. The arena is notable for hosting consecutive NBA Finals in the 1996, 1997, and 1998 seasons when Michael Jordan was carrying the Bulls to championships. The arena has a large statue to honor Michael Jordam. With a history as storied as that, the stadium also provides guests with many dining options.