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Ranking the Arenas: 351 Division I Basketball Venues


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#1 DJ MC

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:22 PM

http://www.stadiumjo...a-rankings-2014

 

1. Rupp Arena, University of Kentucky

2. Carrier Dome, Syracuse University

3. FedEx Forum, University of Memphis

4. CenturyLink Center, Creighton University

5. Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Utah State University

6. Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University

7. Crisler Center, University of Michigan

8. The Pit, University of New Mexico (my Dad's favorite sporting venue, possibly excepting Baltimore)

9. Dean Smith Center, University of North Carolina

10. Frank Erwin Special Events Center, University of Texas

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15. G.B. Hodge Center, University of South Carolina Upstate

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19. KFC Yum! Center, University of Louisville

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27. Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler University

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31. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University

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34. Assembly Hall, Indiana University

35. The Palestra, University of Pennsylvania

36. Comcast Center, University of Maryland

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50. Grand Canyon University Arena, Grand Canyon University

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60. Pauley Pavilion, University of California, Los Angeles

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86. Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware

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100. Verizon Center, Georgetown University

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121. Hank McComish Pavilion (a.k.a. Alexander Memorial Colosseum), Georgia Institute of Technology

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144. McCann Arena, Marist College (that one is just for me)

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248. Retrievers Athletic Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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258. SECU Arena, Towson University (what kind of crap is this?)

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285. Physical Education Complex, Coppin State University

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328. Hill Field House, Morgan State University

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351. Reitz Arena, Loyola University of Maryland


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

No.
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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:32 PM

You can do a lot of nitpicking here with every arena being ranked.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:52 PM

Im my not so expert opinion...The Palestra has to be number one. It still has windows so natural sunlight shines in during day games, and the players sit on the front row of the bleachers.
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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:59 PM

Im my not so expert opinion...The Palestra has to be number one. It still has windows so natural sunlight shines in during day games, and the players sit on the front row of the bleachers.

I'm hardly an expert either, I can probably count on one hand how many of those buildings I've been to. I think a lot of places can claim to be numero uno. I have a hard time putting a pro arena so high on the list as is the case with Memphis. I think what's hard about these lists particularly in college is to separate the history of the building(what happened on the court) from the structure itself. And no matter how much you try to divorce the former from the latter, I think it's very tough to do.

 

I'd love to see a game at the Palestra, no doubt that should've been higher and I like the feature of the the team being in the first row like you mentioned. I wonder where Cole would've ranked?


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:10 PM

The Palestra is awesome.

I was thoroughly unimpressed with the Dean Dome. Have a hard time believing only 8 arenas are better.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:23 PM

The Palestra was/is really cool. I'll agree.

 

I like the Dean Dome, for obvious reasons, but it's a very cool place.. There's a little museum type thing downstairs that's open to anyone, and it's neat to see all the jerseys hanging in the rafters. A TON of history there.

 

The Tar Heel crowd isn't the rowdiest, it's not the loudest building on the list (Sam Cassell famously called them a "wine and cheese crowd" when he was at Florida State), but it's a very cool place to watch a game.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:01 PM

I just went in and checked one of the actual review/ratings (for #15, which I highlighted and might be the strangest ranking on the list). One of the rating areas is "extras" and a big portion of that particular rating for that arena was the free (and fairly generic-sounding) programs.

 

I have a feeling that this wasn't done in a particularly unbiased manner.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

The Carrier Dome? Basketball in a football arena should not be ranked super highly.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:29 PM

I've never been there, but it's hard to understand why Pauley Pavilion is only #60. Especially since it recently had a renovation that seems to have gotten good reviews.






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