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In a deep dive into the safety landscape around NBA stadiums, analysis from has revealed intriguing insights that speak to the unique security challenges faced by different cities. The findings, centred on crimes per 1000 in the stadium’s postcode, illuminate a diverse safety tapestry across the league.

Key Takeaways:

Miami Heat’s Kaseya Center Tops the List: The Kaseya Center in Miami, home to the Miami Heat, has emerged as the arena with the highest total crimes per 1000 in its postcode area, reaching a concerning rate of 1074 incidents.

Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Raises Eyebrows: Charlotte, North Carolina, ranks second in total crimes per 1000 around its NBA arena, the Spectrum Center, with 258 incidents. 

Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center Leads in Safety: In a positive twist, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home to the 76ers, stands out as the safest with the lowest total crimes per 1000 in the stadium postcode at 37.

Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena: Property Crime Hub: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., sees a notably high property crime rate of 92.71 per 1000,.

Portland’s Moda Center Faces Property Crime Spike: The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, raises eyebrows with a staggering 560.9 property crimes per 1000.

Top 5 Most Violent NBA Stadiums

  1. Kaseya Center, Miami Heat – 1074 incidents
  2. Moda Center, Portland Trail Blazers – 618 incidents
  3. Paycom Center, OKC – 258 incidents
  4. Spectrum Center, Charlotte Hornets – 258 incidents
  5. State Farm Arena, Atlanta Hawks- 126 incidents

Top 5 Safest NBA Stadiums

  1. Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 76ers – 37 incidents
  2. Frost Bank Center, San Antonio Spurs – 42 incidents
  3. Ball Arena, Denver Nuggets – 51 incidents
  4. American Airlines Center, Dallas Mavericks – 52 incidents
  5. Amway Center, Orlando Magic – 55 incidents
ArenaTeam(s)Zip CodeViolent Crimes Per 1000Property Crimes Per 1000Other’ Crimes Per 1000Total Crimes per 1000 
Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia 76ers191486.03320.6110.7837
Frost Bank CenterSan Antonio Spurs782195.35826.0711.0342
Ball ArenaDenver Nuggets802049.56419.3122.351
American Airlines CenterDallas Mavericks752196.18828.4417.3652
Amway CenterOrlando Magic3280111.2219.2724.4755
Gainbridge FieldhouseIndiana Pacers4620417.5423.3716.6358
Target CenterMinnesota Timberwolves5540310.3229.5225.7166
United CenterChicago Bulls6061214.4433.7518.5367
TD GardenBoston CelticsO21148.11956.2317.6782
Fiserv ForumMilwaukee Bucks5320320.5756.2123.38100
Little Caesars ArenaDetroit Pistons4820118.8366.328.39114
Smoothie King CenterNew Orleans Pelicans7011322.7173.2218.7115
Golden 1 CenterSacramento Kings9581417.8842.1456.99117
Barclays CenterBrooklyn Nets112176.94957.4557.93122
Madison Square GardenNew York Knicks1000119.8562.2344.04126
FedExForumMemphis Grizzlies3810313.5496.6116.49127
Capital One ArenaWashington Wizards2000426.7892.719.722129
Chase CenterGolden State Warriors9415816.8103.913.6134 ArenaLos Angeles Clippers9001520.4738.7177.86137
Toyota CenterHouston Rockets7700214.8566.4379160
Footprint CenterPhoenix Suns8500410.1892.4759.77162
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouseCleveland Cavaliers4411519.8295.6952.17168
Delta CenterUtah Jazz8410127.3589.1555.44172
State Farm ArenaAtlanta Hawks3030310.63194.328.49233
Spectrum CenterCharlotte Hornets2820238.03183.436.48258
Paycom CenterOklahoma City Thunder7310225.94232.627.15286
Moda CenterPortland Trail Blazers9722720.85560.936.6618
Kaseya CenterMiami Heat33132303.7458.7311.61074


Using data from, we calculated:

  • Total Crimes per 1000 in Stadium zip code
  • Violent crimes per 1000 in Stadium zip code
  • property crimes (theft, burglary etc) per 1000 in Stadium zip code

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