NBA cites arena projects as attendances fall

North American basketball league the NBA has reported a new record for total sellouts, but has seen total attendance fall due to capacity reductions from new arenas and building renovations.

The NBA has reported back on key figures from its 2018-19 regular season, as the playoffs prepare to get underway tomorrow (Saturday). The new league record of 760 sellouts exceeded the previous mark of 741 sellouts set last year.

While the NBA achieved 95% or more of arena capacity for the second consecutive year and second time in league history, coming off four straight seasons of total attendance records the overall league attendance dropped to 21,964,447 in 2018-19.

The 2017-18 season set a new record of 22,124,559, but the NBA maintained that this season’s fall was still equivalent to last year’s figure owing to arena enhancements resulting in more than 141,000 fewer available seats from last season.

The NBA received one new arena in 2018-19 as Fiserv Forum opened its doors in August. As well as serving as the home of the Milwaukee Bucks, the 17,500-seat arena will host Marquette University men’s basketball games and a range of concerts, family shows and other sports and entertainment events.

Looking forward, the Golden State Warriors are due to play their first game at the new Chase Center in Mission Bay, San Francisco on October 5.

Image: Fiserv Forum