College basketball arenas have seen drastic improvements over the past couple of years. These 10 college basketball stadiums are beautiful and many say they even rival some NBA home venues.
1. Rupp Area – Kentucky Wildcats
This arena is able to seat 23,000 fans and proudly displays the many banners won by the Wildcats. This arena displays the history of the team and the tradition that Kentucky basketball follows.
2. Carrier Dome – Syracuse Orange
During every home game the arena blares “Welcome to the Jungle” as the team comes out. This dome has many modern features including HD video boards that will show video highlights during the game.
3. FedExForum – Memphis Tigers
This area is located in downtown Memphis and near some of the most well travel tourist attractions in the area. It is also near the Mississippi River. This stadium is located near the famous Gus’s Chicken. The attractions alone bring fans into the basketball arena.
4. CenturyLink Center – Creighton Bluejays
This arena is located in an urban setting located close to the best entertainment downtown has to offer. This attracts fans to the arena. This stadium is designed to offer fans of college basketball one of the best game watching experiences.
5. Dee Glen Smith Spectrum – Utah State Aggies
Every sports fan should attend at least one game at this arena. There is a student section which takes up almost half of the arena. It always fills up quickly. There is plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd even before the game begins. There is a community feel here and the place is always packed.
6. Phog Allen Fieldhouse – Kansas Jayhawks
While this arena is six decades old it has a proud traditional and plenty of history. There are a number of banners that display the conferences and accomplishments of the team including 56 conferences titles. The arena was named after former coach Dr. Forrest ”Phog” Allen. There is even a statue of him outside of the building.
7. Chrystler Center – Michigan Wolverines
This arena has undergone a $100 million dollar renovation to make it one of the best home courts in all of college basketball. There are plenty of seats, top of the line televisions for instant replays, and everything else a person would expect in a basketball arena.
8. Wisepies Arena – New Mexico Lobos
This arena has been around since 1966. The student section of the arena brings the excitement and thanks to the fans the team has a huge home court advantage.
9. Dean E. Smith Center- North Carolina Tar Heels
The arena is filled with polished hardwood and has blue colored hallways. This team was home to some of the best players in the history of the game including Michael Jordan. There is a museum next-door so a fan can get a look at the great players that once played for this team.
10. Frank Erwin Special Events Center – Texas Longhorns
This center is known as The Drum to locals. This stadium can hold 16,000 fans and has quite the rowdy setting when there is a game.
These are some of the best arenas in college basketball. They provide an experience like no other and a fan can root on their favorite college basketball team.