NBA games are all about big stars, flashy handles, and gravity-defying dunks. But when it comes to the fan experience, a great venue can make all the difference, which is why Podium.com — a startup that has revolutionized customer reviews for local businesses — has used data from Google reviews to identify the best NBA arenas as of the beginning of last season.
Podium consolidated review data for all 29 NBA teams’ arenas through its platform to produce the following rankings:
29. Target Center – Minnesota Timberwolves
Overall star rating: 4.13
Total number of reviews: 629
One thing to know: Many reviews for the Target Center note that the arena feels outdated, but since this data was collected, the Timberwolves’ home has undergone a $140 million makeover. Fans will see the biggest changes in the concourses and hospitality areas, but chief strategy officer Ted Johnson said that the renovation has improved “just about every surface of the building.”
28. BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee Bucks
Overall star rating: 4.17
Total number of reviews: 743
One thing to know: Like the Timberwolves’ Target Center, BMO Bradley Center was low in the rankings because fans felt it had been looking old during the last few seasons. Luckily, Milwaukeeans will enjoy a glossy new arena with the start of the 2018-19 season.
27. Moda Center – Portland Trailblazers
Overall star rating: 4.29
Total number of reviews: 1,523
One thing to know: Spectators have complained about cramped seating and strained views from the Moda Center’s upper levels, but fans may not even find time to sit and watch the game after navigating the arena’s 70+ food vendors.