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Old March 20th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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NCAA Tournament Sites

I figured as it is the second day of March Madness here in the states I would start a thread of all the sites for this year's tournament.

Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Opened 1959
Capacity 23,500



Sprint Center (Kansas City, Missouri)
Opened 2007
Capacity 18,500



Wachovia Center (Philidelphia, Pennsylvania)
Opened 1996
Capacity 21,600



Rose Garden Arena (Portland, Oregon)
Opened 1995
Capacity 20,630



Taco Bell Arena (Boise, Idaho)
Opened 1982
Capacity 12,820



University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, Ohio)
Opened 1969
Capacity 13,409



American Airlines Arena (Miami, Florida)
Opened 1999
Capacity 19,600

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Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Opened 1982
Capacity 50,000 (basketball)



TD Banknorth Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
Opened 1993
Capacity 18,624



University of Pheonix Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
Opened 2006
Capacity 63,400 (basketball)



FedEx Forum (Memphis Tennessee)
Opened 2004
Capacity18,119



Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Opened 2008
Capacity 70,000 (basketball approx.)

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Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan)
Opened 2002
Capacity 78,000 (basketball)

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Old March 20th, 2009, 11:50 PM   #2
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i love ncaa volleyball!
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Old March 21st, 2009, 12:41 AM   #3
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Old March 21st, 2009, 09:08 AM   #4
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I don't like basketball at football and soccer stadiums. It's awful.

I know they do it for the money, but it's so much better when the game is in a building meant for it.
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I'd probably feel better if basketball at a football/soccer stadium had the court at the center of the field (around the 50-yard line). It would be bogus to have the court at one end of the stadium or the other.
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isn't this the same
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=652477?
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Old March 21st, 2009, 03:46 PM   #7
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No, the tournament is played at neutral site venues which often don't belong to the schools. Some are college arenas though.
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I'd probably feel better if basketball at a football/soccer stadium had the court at the center of the field (around the 50-yard line). It would be bogus to have the court at one end of the stadium or the other.
Not really, the sight lines are better when the court is at one end. When it is in the middle, the stands are at suck a low angle and everything is too far away. Up until this year, most courts have been placed in one endzone in football stadiums.

And this is not the same thread, these are just the sites for this years NCAA tournament, which there are only 13 sites.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 09:14 AM   #10
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I don't like it in the middle.

I know they get a ton of fans in and the seats are cheaper, but that's because seats in Ford Field are worth less than seats in, say, the Greensboro Coliseum.
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I hate having the court at the endzone. That configuration is stupid.
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Basketball in a dome sucked when the court was in the endzone (I know because I attended the past 3 Final Fours), but with the court at midfield, it's going to be horrible x3.
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Basketball in a dome sucked when the court was in the endzone (I know because I attended the past 3 Final Fours), but with the court at midfield, it's going to be horrible x3.
All the KU fans who went to the Regionals in Detroit last year said the same thing; said it was like watching basketball through the wrong end of a telescope.

And Ford Field is probably as good as it gets.
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I hate having the court at the endzone. That configuration is stupid.
Its the best configuration there is
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Playing basketball inside a football dome is terrible. The atmosphere is terrible and those sitting in the upper sections have terrible views.

Also, since the final 4 will only be played in cities that have domes, it limits the locations where the final 4 can be played. So major cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc. can't host. While second tier cities such as Tempe and Tampa do.
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My friend from USA was at the match called "basketbowl" in 2003 which was organized by Michigan State University.Attendace more than 75.000.I can believe who it was possible to watch that match at the football stadium (if I remember it was ford field or something like that).
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Playing basketball inside a football dome is terrible. The atmosphere is terrible and those sitting in the upper sections have terrible views.

Also, since the final 4 will only be played in cities that have domes, it limits the locations where the final 4 can be played. So major cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc. can't host. While second tier cities such as Tempe and Tampa do.
It also kills North Carolina and Kentucky, two traditional homes of college basketball.
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Playing basketball inside a football dome is terrible. The atmosphere is terrible and those sitting in the upper sections have terrible views.

Also, since the final 4 will only be played in cities that have domes, it limits the locations where the final 4 can be played. So major cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc. can't host. While second tier cities such as Tempe and Tampa do.
Tampa?
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He means St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 03:19 AM   #20
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He means St. Petersburg, Tropicana Field.
Ah good call.

However, I dont think that its that bad that smaller markets get an opportunity to host large events. It really helps the economy. Im sure that Detroit is quite relieved that they get to host a major sporting event with their poor economy- obviously thats going to help them out a little.
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