It makes sence being from Perth that you prefer the smaller stadium atmosphere (alas Challenge, MSNHC, WIN, etc),
WIN is actually one of the larger currently used stadiums in the NBL only Vodafone, SEC and the Powerhouse are bigger &[Singapore but they could use a stadium the size of the Snakepit in Wollongong the original and the best]. I went to the very first South Dragons home game at Vodafone arena and i thought that the atmosphere wasnt that great and there was over 5000 people their that night. With all the hype of a new team in melbourne and how close the game was the crowd didnt really lift the Dragons at all, the guy with the microphone had to do it.
As somebody who has experienced Sydney Kings away games in Wollongong, pretty much any game in the league would be an anti-climax.
Seriously, Wollongong-Sydney NBL games are some of the loudest most passionate events in the yearly sporting calender. The Hawks crowd do that standing thing where they remain standing & clapping until their opponents score. At times it goes for minutes. The Hawks get fired up by the energy of the crowd, they go on a run. And the clapping not only keeps going, but gets louder.
A far cry from 99% of Sydney Kings home matches.