Most intimidating college stadiums
Opened: 1970 Capacity: 10,270 That "I Believe" chant the US soccer team kept using during the World Cup? Yep, in the cavernous Smith Spectrum, filled with seats clearly designed in the 1970s that fill up with Aggie fans yelling that chant, and making this one of the loudest mid-major venues in America.
Opened: 1965 Seats: 13,800 It's great only because of the history involved.Coach Wooden didn't believe in home court advantages and designed an arena with seats far from the court, which, even after a 2011 renovation, leaves the best part of this arena as the banners in the rafters and Leo Di Caprio on the sidelines.Opened: 1967 Capacity: 13,751 "The house that Cazzie built" eventually needed renovations, and in 2012 it got 'em, going from a pretty average and unmemorable college hoops venue to a modern arena with bright concourses and better food, but maintaining the history that's made Big Blue a basketball perennial.Opened: 1990 Capacity: 10,167 One might ask why this spot made our list, since the UConn men only play half -- or fewer -- of their home games in the iconic on-campus dome.But remember, there's also that UConn women's team that plays there, and draws the same always-noisy, high-energy crowd as the guys, making this a great atmosphere to watch either team.Opened: 1980 Capacity (for basketball): 34,616 Yeah, its a giant air-supported dome that can pack in a quarter of the population of Syracuse for a basketball game.
Which is pretty awesome, but it's still watching basketball in a football stadium, which isn't even fun if you're watching the Final Four, much less a February home game against Florida State.
Opened: 2004 Capacity: 6,000 After shedding the "underdog" label, the Zags built a new facility in 2004 that still keeps the small, loud, intense college hoops atmosphere expected of a school with an enrollment of 7,700, but boasts modern amenities like comfortable seats and concession stands with panini sandwiches and Japanese rice bowls.
Big 12 teams got shut out of the four-team playoff (Hint: everybody loves Urban Meyer), and 2) Every other school starts turning its attention to basketball.
And while March Madness is still the major draw in college hoops, the regular season is fun to watch if for no other reason than to appreciate the history and traditions in the field houses and modern arenas across the country.
And should you find yourself in a college hoops hotbed this winter -- or even in San Diego -- there are a few arenas you absolutely must visit.
So here, for your reading and arguing pleasure, we ranked the top 25 venues in college basketball.