Ranking all 29 NBA arenas in terms of construction cost

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt opened up talks on a potential new arena for the Oklahoma City Thunder during his State of the City address earlier this month.

Holt announced that the team signed an extension to their lease with Paycom Center — who’s been home to the Thunder since their arrival in 2008 — that will keep the team there for four more seasons.

But after the 2025-26 season, Holt ideally wants the team to have a new arena done or close to done by then to secure the long-term future of the franchise in the city.

A lot of talk has thus occurred from both sides of the fence on how much a new arena should be publicly funded when the franchise is worth over $1.6 billion.

When nuanced dialogues such as these occur, it’s important to look back at history to provide some historical reference on how much arena constructions usually cost. This article will provide a clearer picture of that as it will list out all 29 NBA arenas and how much it costed to construct them.

It’s important to note that most of these costs have an inflation-adjusted 2021 number to correspond with it as it will help provide the full picture for some of the older arenas in the league that were made in the 1990s and early 2000s.

While some arenas have undergone expensive renovations since opening, those numbers will not be reflective on this piece for simplicity’s sake.

With all that clarified, let’s rank the 29 NBA arenas from the most expensive to least expensive in terms of raw construction cost.

1. Chase Center

Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Golden State Warriors

Construction cost: $1.4 billion

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $1.48 billion

Opened: 2019

2. Fiserv Forum

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Construction cost: $1.2 billion

Opened: 2018

3. Barclays Center

Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Construction cost: $1 billion

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $1.18 billion

Opened: 2012

4. Little Caesars Arena

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Team: Detroit Pistons

Construction cost: $862.9 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $988 million

Opened: 2017

5. Golden 1 Center

Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Sacramento Kings

Construction cost: $558.2 million

Opened: 2016

6. Amway Center

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Team: Orlando Magic

Construction cost: $480 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $604 million

Opened: 2010

7. American Airlines Center

Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Construction cost: $420 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $643 million

Opened: 2001

8. Crypto.com Arena

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Team: Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers

Construction cost: $375 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $610 million

Opened: 1999

(The LA Clippers will open their own arena — Intuit Dome — in 2024 with the $1.8 billion in construction cost privately funded by ownership)

9. Scotiabank Arena

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Team: Toronto Raptors

Construction cost: $288 million

Construction cost in 2021 2022 dollars: $499 million

Opened: 1999

10. Moda Center

Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Construction cost: $262 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $466 million

Opened: 1995

11. Capital One Arena

Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Washington Wizards

Construction cost: $260 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $411 million

Opened: 1997

12. Spectrum Center

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Team: Charlotte Hornets

Construction cost: $260 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $361 million

Opened: 2005

13. FedExForum

Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Construction cost: $250 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $359 million

Opened: 2004

14. Toyota Center

Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Houston Rockets

Construction cost: $235 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $346 million

Opened: 2003

15. State Farm Arena

Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Atlanta Hawks

Construction cost: $213.5 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $347 million

Opened: 1999

16. FTX Arena

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Team: Miami Heat

Construction cost: $213 million

Opened: 1999

17. Wells Fargo Center

Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Construction cost: $210 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $384 million

Opened: 1996

(A new arena plan was recently announced, where Sixers’ ownership will privately fund the $1.3 billion construction cost)

18. Ball Arena

Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Denver Nuggets

Construction cost: $187 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $316 million

Opened: 1999

19. AT&T Center

Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Construction cost: $186 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $280 million

Opened: 2002

20. Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Team: Indiana Pacers

Construction cost: $183 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $298 million

Opened: 1999

21. United Center

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Team: Chicago Bulls

Construction cost: $175 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $320 million

Opened: 1994

22. TD Garden

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Team: Boston Celtics

Construction cost: $160 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $285 million

Opened: 1995

23. Madison Square Garden

Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Team: New York Knicks

Construction cost: $123 million

Opened: 1968

24. Smoothie King Center

Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Construction cost: $114 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $185 million

Opened: 1999

25. Target Center

Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Construction cost: $104 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $238 million

Opened: 1990

26. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Construction cost: $100 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $183 million

Opened: 1994

27. Vivint Arena

Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Utah Jazz

Construction cost: $93 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $193 million

Opened: 1991

28. Paycom Center

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Construction cost: $89.2 million

Opened: 2002

29. Footprint Center

Credit: Mike De Sisti-USA TODAY NETWORK

Team: Phoenix Suns

Construction cost: $89 million

Construction cost in 2021 dollars: $172 million

Opened: 1992

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