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NRG Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for the NCAA Tournament

(h/t Kevin Jairaj – USA TODAY Sports)

Am I the only one that found the games in NRG Stadium this weekend a little unappealing to watch? In fact, it’s rare I find watching a basketball game on a football field distracting at some points with the ugly black curtains they think are going to distract us from the fact a basketball game is being played at a football stadium.

I’ve always been against basketball in stadiums (although those seem like the only facilities big enough to hold BBN), but the setup NRG Stadium had this weekend just pushed the limit.

Teams always play sluggish at these venues, as teams have issues altering their depth perception because of those gaudy black curtains behind the basket rather than stands.  This was especially apparent at the South’s Sweet Sixteen game of Utah-Duke.

Duke, a 50.2-perfect FG average coming into the game took 4 minutes to make the game’s first field goal. The first jump-shot was made by Justise Winslow with a 3-pointer, three and a half minutes later.

I can only imagine what the view is for fans. With the slowly rising stadium seating, It looks like just being 10 rows back would put you far away from the action. Don’t even get me started on the ‘raised court’. Being so distant from the actual action on the court has to affect the crowd reaction to the game.

Yeah. I get it. The NCAA holds games in football stadiums to sell tickets for more money. However, Houston only sold about 1,500 more tickets than the Staples Center and Quicken Loans Arena.

I think the only thing worse would have to be when the Cats played in a ballroom in Puerto Rico in 2009.


Article written by Courtney Hessler

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3 Comments for NRG Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for the NCAA Tournament

  1. Tosis
    7:07 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    Cancun > Puerto Rico

    7:28 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, the “ballroom” games were in Cancun. Stanford was one opponent, blanking on the other.

  3. nybrasky
    8:06 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    Everything about the Final Four in Houston in 2011 was awful. The city sucks. Everything is so spread out. Transportation is a nightmare. And the sight lines at the game were awful, not to mention the play of all 4 teams.

    I can’t believe the Final Four is back there next year.