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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #1
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HOUSTON - Reliant Stadium (71,054)

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The court is rased 27" off the ground


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Article over the new type of seating: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/ncaato...ory?id=3316264
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Old March 28th, 2008, 04:40 AM   #2
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Another pic from ESPN:

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Old March 28th, 2008, 04:46 AM   #3
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Nice pictures, but I disagree with your characterization of the teams... :P
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Old March 28th, 2008, 05:13 AM   #4
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Nice pictures, but I disagree with your characterization of the teams... :P
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Old March 28th, 2008, 05:42 AM   #5
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hmm.... seems homely and intimate...................
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Old March 28th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #6
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terrible. Gonna be a lot of missed shots. Scarily that favors Stanford.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #7
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What's the capacity?
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Old March 28th, 2008, 10:24 AM   #8
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Not quite a sell out then
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #9
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I don't know what the players are whining about regarding the raised hardwood, especially BigTen players, since Minnesota's Williams Arena also has a raised floor (as I'm sure many other venues have as well).
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Old March 28th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #10
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the set up is funny looking but anyways

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Old March 28th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #11
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Not quite a sell out then
That pic is from a practice.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #12
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Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Butler all have raised floors (though Williams arena at Minnesota is the only one that is raised substantially), but those are the only ones left as far as I know.

Also I have been to a number of games at Williams and have only seen one person fall off the court. In the NIT game hosting Maryland (which was far and away the worst refereed game I have ever seen) a couple weeks ago one of the Maryland players ended up in Trent Tucker's lap, but that is the only I have seen since my first game in 1996.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 04:06 AM   #13
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So whats the point of moving the court to the 50 yard line if you're going to put curtains behind the end stands anyways?
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Old March 29th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #14
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So whats the point of moving the court to the 50 yard line if you're going to put curtains behind the end stands anyways?
It is partially a test for arena setups for when Houston and Detroit host the Final Four in the near future. Even with the curtain that is up, this setup still holds more than the conventional endzone setup.

BTW, the first night of this setup in Detroit drew about 55,000. That's a non-Final Four record.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #15
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By putting the court over the 50 yard line (ie, in the centre of the stadium), they are trying to max out potential the seating capacity.

The design of the basketball setting at the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has shown that they can possibly draw even bigger numbers to the NCAA Final Four than they have ever seen before and others are starting to mimick that even if their own stadium isn't actually designed to do so.

Remeber that the Basketbowl in Detroit at Ford Field a few years back drew over 75,000 fans. That shows the potential of what these large stadiums can do when hosting the Final Four.

You might find one day soon that the days of 40,000+ fans at the Final Four are going to be a memory. Upwards of 60-70,000 will be the norm soon. Even places like the Alomodome, Georgia Dome, Metrodome & Edward Jones Dome will change the set ups they have had in the past. They'll probably have to if they wish to get more Final Four tournaments.

Still, for basketball, you'd need a telescope to see the court from the back row of a 65,000 seat stadium.

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Old March 29th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #16
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Isn't Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) designed in a way so that it can be configured for a basketball game? I would be interested in knowing the capacity for a b-ball game there...
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Old March 31st, 2008, 07:42 AM   #17
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Isn't Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) designed in a way so that it can be configured for a basketball game? I would be interested in knowing the capacity for a b-ball game there...
According to Wikipedia the basketball capacity is approximately 45,000. Though take Wiki's with a grain of salt since anyone can change info there.

However, if you go to the site for the Indiana Stadium & Convention Building Authority site http://www.in.gov/iscba/2371.htm you will see that it says in its description of Lucas Oil Stadium :-

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A seven-level stadium with a retractable roof seating 63,000 for football. It can be reconfigured to seat 70,000 or more for NCAA basketball, a Super Bowl and concerts. It will cover 1.8 million square feet (over twice the size of Conseco Fieldhouse) with 140 suites. It will replace the RCA Dome, a tri-level domed stadium seating 57,693 for football with 104 suites.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #18
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HOUSTON - Reliant Stadium (71,500)


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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:41 PM   #19
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Panos
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BTW, looks more like 80k and not 70k
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I heard that was some damage to Reliant during the hurricane. Anyone know details?
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