Can You Match the NBA Team to Its Arena?

By: Ryan Choate

Can You Match the NBA Team to Its Arena?
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About This Quiz

Professional basketball in the U.S. has a history that reaches all the way back to just after World War II.  An attempt was made to form a professional league that would be an extension of the popular college basketball games of the time. Many cities had built arenas to house the ever-popular sport of boxing, music performances and even the traveling circus. It was natural to assume that an indoor sport such as basketball could soon fill those large arenas. It didn't work well at first. A series of attempts at a professional league failed to capture the popularity of the college game.

In the 1950s and '60s, the professional game started to catch up with college, largely due to the games being broadcast on national television. With the formation of a second professional league, the ABA, to rival the NBA, the game would soon enter the golden age of basketball. In the late 1960s, new arenas were being built to house NBA teams, some are still used today including Oracle Arena, home to the Golden State Warriors. 

With the popularity of basketball as high as it has ever been, teams are now updating and rebuilding arenas to be technologically dynamic and welcoming to fans. Many arenas and cities share venues with basketball and hockey teams as well as using the multi-purpose space for concerts and special events. 

Which California team plays in Oracle Arena, the oldest arena in the NBA?
Golden State Warriors
Originally built for hockey in 1966, Oracle Arena in Oakland is now home to the NBA world champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors will move into an new arena in the 2019 season.
Los Angeles Clippers
Indiana Pacers
Denver Nuggets

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Which CA capital city team plays in one of the NBA's newest arenas, Golden 1 Center?
Sacramento Kings
California now has the oldest and second newest arena in the NBA. The new Sacramento Kings arena is only eclipsed by the recently opened Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, home of the Bucks.
Phoenix Suns
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks

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Which East Coast team plays in the "Garden" that has a green and white shamrock logo on its famous parquet floor?
Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics play on the most unique-looking floor in the NBA. The criss-crossed parquet flooring is the signature of the Boston Garden, now known as TD Garden. Even after moving into a new arena, the Celtics took the floor with them.
New York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets
Washington Wizards

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With a capacity of 20,917, which team plays in the United Center Arena made famous by Michael Jordan?
Chicago Bulls
The United Center Arena is home to the Chicago Bulls. It currently has the largest capacity of any NBA arena. Michael Jordan famously won 6 NBA championships for the Bulls playing his home games at the United Center.
Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors
Denver Nuggets

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Which team plays in the Motor City at Little Ceasars Arena?
Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons moved into their new arena in downtown Detroit in 2017. The Pistons formerly played in a suburb north of the city.
Indian Pacers
Orlando Magic
Memphis Grizzlies

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Which team's arena, Pepsi Center, is a mile high in the rocky mountains?
Denver Nuggets
With Denver sitting a mile above sea level (5,280ft.) it's the highest NBA arena in the country. The thin air of Denver can be a slight advantage to players who are acclimated to the high elevation.
Utah Jazz
Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trailblazers

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Formerly known as the Rose Garden, which NBA west coast team now plays in the Rip City arena called Moda Center?
Portland Trailblazers
Portland is known as the Rose City, also nicknamed Rip City, which their basketball arena was aptly named when built in 1993. The Trailblazers have a single NBA championship from the 1977 season
Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder

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Which NBA team plays in the Amway Center right down the road from Disney World?
Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic call the Amway Center home for the NBA games. Orlando might be most famous for the Disney World attraction, but the Magic can draw a pretty large crowd at Amway with a capacity of 20,000.
Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers

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The Houston Rockets are one of 3 NBA teams in Texas. Which car giant-sponsored arena do they call home?
Toyota Center
The Rockets play in the largest city in Texas. The Toyota Center, opening in 2003, self proclaims to have some of the most comfortable seats of any arena.
AT&T Center
American Airlines Center
Target Center

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Madison Square Garden is known for having some of the most famous boxing matches, concerts and comedy events in Manhattan. It's also home to which NBA team?
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks play in one of the most famous arenas in the country. Madison Square Garden is a New York City institution. The Garden, as it's known, also is home to the New York Rangers hockey team.
Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics

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The Miami Heat play in the sunny south of Florida in which of these arenas?
American Airlines Arena
American Airlines sponsors 2 NBA teams, the Heat and the Mavericks. The Heat play at their bayside arena in downtown Miami known as the American Airlines Arena.
American Airlines Center
Wells Fargo Center
Verizon Center

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This Texas city, famous for its "Cowboys" calls American Airlines Center home for which NBA team?
Dallas Mavericks
Owned by "Shark Tank" entrepreneur Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks play their home games at the multi-purpose arena American Airlines Center. This is one of two arenas sponsored by the airline, the other being the Miami Heat's home of American Airlines Arena.
San Antonio Spurs
Houston Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder

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Which 10,000 lakes state team joined the NBA in 1989 and plays home games way up north at Target Center?
Minnesota Timberwolves
Along with the Orlando Magic, the Timberwolves joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1989. Home games are played at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Utah Jazz
Oklahoma City Thunder
Charlotte Hornets

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The Memphis Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Tennessee in 2001. Which parcel shipping giant-named arena do they now play in?
FedEx Forum
The expansion Grizzlies only lasted 6 years in Vancouver before making the move to Memphis. The Grizzlies play their home games at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Quicken Loans Arena
Philips Arena
Pepsi Center

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The Smoothie King Arena, damaged in hurricane Katrina in 2005, is home to which team?
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans home arena was damaged by Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. At that time they were known as the New Orleans Hornets. The team played part of that season in Oklahoma City until New Orleans had recovered.
Miami Heat
Atlanta Hawks
Orlando Magic

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Which arena is shared by 2 NBA teams in Los Angeles, the Clippers and Lakers?
Staples Center
The Clippers and Lakers both play home games at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Clippers owner, Steve Balmer, hopes to build a new arena in Inglewood and move Clippers home games there by 2024.
Verizon Center
Moda Center
Pepsi Center

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Which team played in Bobcats Arena in 2005 but now plays in the Spectrum Center in North Carolina?
Charlotte Hornets
The original Charlotte Hornets expansion team moved to New Orleans in 2002. Another expansion team was granted to Charlotte in 2004 named the Bobcats. After New Orleans changed their mascot to the Pelicans in 2013, Charlotte took back the original Hornets logo which they use today.
New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks

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Which Hoosier state team plays at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads of America?
Indiana Pacers
The Hoosier State is known for car racing and basketball. Home to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NFL's Colts and the Pacers who play their home games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Cleveland Cavaliers
Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards

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The Cleveland Cavaliers play home games at which arena with a sponsor that can lend you a few dollars.
Quicken Loans Arena
The Cavs have been playing at home in Quicken Loans Arena since 1994. The team finally won its first NBA Championship in 2016, bringing Cleveland a long awaited title.
Philips Arena
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oracle Arena

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Which team formerly played home games at the Salt Palace, but now plays at the Vivint Smart Home Arena?
Utah Jazz
Utah boast a single professional sports team, the Jazz. The team moved from New Orleans to Utah in 1979.
Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs

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Which formerly Supersonic team moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and now plays at Chesapeake Energy Arena?
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Seattle Supersonics franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. With a name change to the Thunder and a new home court, OKC now plays at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Sacramento Kings
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Nets made the short move from New Jersey to Brooklyn and now play in which arena?
Barclays Center
The Nets are one of the teams which have moved in recent years. Formerly playing across the Hudson River in New Jersey, the Nets made the move to Brooklyn in 2012 and play home games at the Barclays Center.
TD Garden
Verizon Center
Wells Fargo Center

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Which NBA team that shares its city with a team of Falcons plays their home games in State Farm Arena?
Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta is known for having the busiest international airport in the U.S. It also is home to the Atlanta Hawks, who play home games at State Farm Arena
Washington Wizards
Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando Magic

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The only NBA team that plays home games outside the U.S. in the Air Canada Center is which team?
Toronto Raptors
The NBA formerly had a second team in Canada with the Vancouver Grizzlies. After their move to Memphis, the Raptors are the lone Canadian NBA team and they play in Air Canada Center.
Detroit Pistons
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves

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Which southwest team plays in Talking Stick Resort Arena in the Grand Canyon state?
Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns play in Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. The sponsor name is from a casino hotel and resort located on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation.
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings

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Which NBA team plays in a state known for its cheese, and for having the newest arena in the NBA, Fiserv Forum?
Milwaukee Bucks
The newest NBA arena is the Fiserv Forum, home to the Bucks. It is said to be the most advanced arena ever built. It also boasts the largest welcome mat in the world.
Chicago Bulls
Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets

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Which NBA team calls AT&T Center home in the city famous for remembering the Alamo?
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are one of three NBA teams in the state of Texas. Of the three, they have the most titles at five. They play their home games at the AT&T Center.
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics

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Which team plays at the Capital One Arena that is not technically in any state?
Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards, formerly known as the Bullets, play in our nation's capital of Washington, D.C. Their home floor is known as the Capital One Arena and has a capacity of 20,356.
Philadelphia 76ers
New York Knicks
Atlanta Hawks

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Which team plays at Wells Fargo Center and shares it with the NHL hockey team the Flyers?
Philadelphia 76ers
Many NBA arenas share their home with the NHL team of that city. The Flyers and 76ers both call the Wells Fargo Center home in Philly.
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks

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Which team plays in the Barclays Center, the costliest NBA building, that sits in a New York borough at the west end of Long Island?
Brooklyn Nets
Coming in at a cool $1 billion, the Barclays Center is the most expensive NBA Arena to date. With many new arenas in planning stages, this number is sure to be eclipsed.
New York Knicks
Boston Celtics
Chicago Bulls

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Which NBA team plays in State Farm Arena, the smallest capacity arena in the city known as the Gate City of the South?
Atlanta Hawks
At only 16,600 seats, the State Farm Center is the smallest NBA arena currently. While Atlanta has one of the largest airports in the country, its NBA arena is relatively cozy.
New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis Grizzlies
Charlotte Hornets

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Which team, playing at the Moda Center, currently holds the NBA home games consecutive sellout record?
Portland Trailblazers
At a staggering 814 consecutive sold-out home games, including playoff games, the Portland Trailblazers hold this record. The record dates from 1977 to 1995!
Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
Dallas Mavericks

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Based on fan ratings and reviews of arena experience, which team that plays in Amway Arena has to compete with Mickey Mouse?
Orlando Magic
While they may not be the best team in the NBA, the Orlando Magic continue to give their fans a great experience at the home games. The arena boasts the largest HD scoreboard in the NBA.
Miami Heat
Chicago Center
Los Angeles Lakers

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Which West Coast arena is home to 4 professional sports teams including the NBA's Lakers and Clippers?
Staples Center
It gets pretty crowded at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Along with hosting 2 NBA teams, it also is home the the WNBA L.A. Sparks and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.
Oracle Arena
Madison Square Gordon
United Center

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Which team will start playing in the brand new Chase Center for the 2019-2020 season just across the bay from their current home?
Golden State Warriors
Currently under construction, the new Chase Center will host the Warriors for the 2019 NBA season. The arena will move the team across the bay from Oakland to San Francisco.
Los Angeles Clippers
New York Knicks
Houston Rockets

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