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The Wizards start the 2023-24 NBA season with low home attendance

Yup, the utilization rate is still the lowest in the NBA.

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The Washington Wizards are one of the NBA’s worst teams. So it should be no surprise that they are the worst team in the NBA when it comes to filling in the seats.

According to ESPN’s data, the Wizards have the NBA’s lowest utilization rate at 82.7 percent (17,033 bought seats per game in an arena with a 20,356 seat capacity. The utilization rate is far below the Charlotte Hornets with 87.6 percent.

Every time I posted this storyline of the Wizards having the worst attendance rate in the league, I see plenty of pushback because the Wizards have one of the largest arenas in the NBA. In fact, Capital One Arena has the fourth largest seating bowl in the league.So maybe the Wizards are among the league average once I look at the average number of seats each team sells per home game, right?

WRONG!

The Wizards ranked 24th in the number of seats sold at 17,033 per home game.

There may be some relief in the utilization rate on the horizon. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is looking to renovate Capital One Arena and lower the number of seats in the bowl. However, I don’t expect the Wizards to move up THAT much in utilization rate unless they start winning a lot of games very soon.

With this team in rebuild mode, we know that the Wizards will not be filling up the stands night and night out for awhile.