Amway Center continues to get rave reviews, but the product on the floor is sure to be hurting the opinions of a basketball fan’s trip to Orlando. Stadium Journey Magazine’s latest rankings of the NBA’s stadium.
Amway Center came in 22nd behind New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, this year’s All-Star host, and ahead of Memphis’ FedExForum.
The Orlando Magic have fallen the furthest on our rankings of NBA arena experiences, and there is no doubt that a beautiful arena can only solve so much when there is a team on the floor putting together a 23-win season.
Yes, the product on the floor still matters when it comes to ranking arena experience. When your team is struggling, it is nice to be distracted by the arena but you do not go to a four-year-old arena to experience the arena anymore. Usually the event matters. And the Magic, despite nearly finishing .500 at home this year, are still hardly on the marquee when it comes to the NBA.
For what it is worth, the Grizzlies’ FedExForum was docked points for trying to sell the next game too much. Swaney accuses the Grizzlies of being the second-fiddle team in town behind the Memphis University Tigers. He obviously did not go to a Grizzlies game closer to the Playoffs when the Grind House gets loud.
Amway Center individually received a 3.7 out of 5 review from correspondent Andy Mantsch. Mantsch lauded the stadium for its proximity to downtown and general ease of access. He attended a game and wrote his review within the last year so the fans do not come out favorably.
The Spurs’ AT&T Center was named the top NBA stadium experience for the second straight year.