View Poll Results: Which is The World's Greatest Basketball Arena?

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  • Araneta Coliseum (Philippines)

    5 15.63%
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke University - NCAA)

    2 6.25%
  • Dean Smith Center (University of North Carolina - NCAA)

    0 0%
  • Fernando Buesa Arena (Saski Baskonia - Spain)

    0 0%
  • Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks - NBA)

    11 34.38%
  • Nokia Arena (Maccabi Tel Aviv - Israel)

    0 0%
  • OAKA Indoor Hall (Panathinaikos BC - Greece)

    2 6.25%
  • OTHER

    3 9.38%
  • Palacio Vistalegre (Real Madrid Baloncesto - Spain)

    0 0%
  • Peace and Friendship Stadium (Olympiacos Piraeus BC - Greece)

    1 3.13%
  • Staples Arena (Los Angeles Lakers - NBA)

    2 6.25%
  • The Boston Garden (Boston Celtics - NBA)

    3 9.38%
  • United Centre (Chicago Bulls - NBA)

    3 9.38%
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    Default World's Greatest Basketball Arena

    Where is "The World's Greatest Basketball Arena"?

    Is it the historical Araneta Coliseum of the Philippines or Madison Square Garden? Or maybe is it in Europe?

    Who has the "World's Best Basketball Arena" and why?
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    Gonna go with Madison Square Garden. It's known as the mecca of basketball for a reason ,the only slight against it is that the Knicks play there.
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    "THA GAHDEN!" (boston pronounciation of the Garden)
    Boston no doubt...although the Old garden had a ton of history and memories not just from basketball, but from hockey, soccer, and circuses. The New Garden, now called the TD Garden, has many new memories of its own. For basketball, we have seen the greatest playoff comeback in NBA history in 02 vs. the Nets (believe it was 01 or 02, my memory is failing me at the moment). We have seen the Greatest Game Eve Played (3OT vs. Suns in Finals in 76). We have seen great players pass through both the old and new arenas, like Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, JoJo White, Larry Bird, Reggie Lewis, Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce. We have seen the bad in Bruno Sundov, Dino Radja. I do not think any arena can equal the Celtics, only the LA Forum could come remotly close. Never has an arena been so beloved by its fans. The balcony in the old Garden pretty much hung right on top the playing surface, making the spectators right on top and a part of the game. Finally are the banners. 16 World Championship banners hang from the rafters along with few with retired numbers. I could go on and on about the Garden, both the old one and new one...but I think I have made my point loud and clear.
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    Arco Arena
    there are some arenas there that shouldnt even be named

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    Madison square Garden

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    ..its the big dome araneta coliseum
    where big events happened before such as the 1975 thrilla in manila ALI vs FRAZIER III,1978 FIBA WORLD CHAMP.,and other major events

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    MSG has my vote.

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    Mine would be araneta. wc games have been held there and so have been ABC games.

    Philippine Bball deteriorated, so did BBall events in the big dome

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    Anyone who's been to a game at Madison Square Garden knows it's an absolute dump. That "mystique" that's there when you watch a game on TV immediately fades when you sit down in what seems to be a lightless arena. And when you go to the bathroom, the halls feel like they're going to do a Star Wars collapse on you. Just saying, if it were in any other city it would've been razed long ago.

    Oh, and by the way, my vote is for Cameron. Unrivaled atmosphere.

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    In the USA I think the United Center in Chicago is the biggest arena

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    United center it is...awesome!

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    The Garden, for history, athmosphere, championships. Legendary Celtics. Knicks with MSG are a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskibaloia View Post
    Where is "The World's Greatest Basketball Arena"?

    Is it the historical Araneta Coliseum of the Philippines or Madison Square Garden? Or maybe is it in Europe?

    Who has the "World's Best Basketball Arena" and why?
    oh, yeah, it must be that arena. sorry to break it to you but outside philippines no one ever heard or really cares about it.

    great arena can only be located in great basketball country. so look to europe, somewhere in Mediterranean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delibasic View Post
    oh, yeah, it must be that arena. sorry to break it to you but outside philippines no one ever heard or really cares about it.
    I disagree. A great arena needs great atmosphere, not a great team.

    Here is a thread that tells about IBNers first basketball experience. I wrote about Wright State University's old Student Union arena:
    ...I remember those games in the '80s in that horrible, dark, suffocating gym in the student union. The bleachers were falling apart and the gym couldn't accommodate more than 3,000 fans, but it was packed every game with students and locals...I have vague memories of those great Division II teams, like the '83 team that won the national title. Mostly, I just remember that smokey gym, which was bone-chilling cold before games and frustratingly hot by the half...
    For me, that's the best arena in the world. I would trade season tickets to the #$@% Miami Heat just to see one more game in that old gym. What a beautiful place.

    Along with that gym, I have to say that, in my humble opinion, NCAA collegiate arenas are better than any NBA or EL or any other arena I've never seen. Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois, Rupp Arena at the University of Kentucky (yuck)...wonderful arenas with such excitement.
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    I say Madison Square Garden!

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    United Center baby!
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    Allen Field House in Lawrence, KS University of Kansas Jayhawks

    "the perfect combo of dimension, students-to-court proximity and low-absorption materials.”

    ESPN The Magazine’s Loudest Arenas, Nov. 2010 Issue

    1. ALLEN FIELDHOUSE, KANSAS
    2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke
    3. Rupp Arena, Kentucky
    4. UNM Arena, New Mexico
    5. O’Connell Center, Florida
    6. Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh
    7. Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State
    8. Assembly Hall, Illinois
    9. Gallagher-Iba Arena, Oklahoma State
    10. Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon

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    Pionir Hall in Belgrade !

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    Belgrade's Arena is the best Hall in Europe

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