The Most Iconic Arenas in College Basketball

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Cameron Indoor Stadium Facility Information and A-Z Game Guide for Women's Basketball - Duke University

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Cameron Indoor Stadium, the proud residence of the Duke Blue Devils’ basketball programs, has witnessed a remarkable ascent to college basketball supremacy ever since its establishment in 1940. Although it seats a modest 9,314 spectators, this facility outshines its larger counterparts in terms of sheer intensity. Notably, the men’s team achieved an astonishing feat by securing 150 consecutive non-conference home victories, a streak that endured from 2000 to 2016.


Indiana basketball's Assembly Hall deafeningly quiet during pandemic

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Assembly Hall, home to the Indiana Hoosiers’ basketball programs, opened its doors in 1971. It marked the inception of legendary head coach Bob Knight’s tenure. With a storied history, the Indiana men’s team boasts a fervent home crowd. Over the past 12 years, they have claimed more victories as an unranked team against ranked opponents than any other.

North Carolina

Dean E. Smith Center - University of North Carolina Athletics

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The Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, unveiled in 1986, serves as the hallowed ground for the University of North Carolina’s men’s basketball team. They’ve been an illustrious powerhouse in college basketball history. Numerous former Tar Heels players and coaches have ascended to greatness in the NBA, including the iconic Michael Jordan. With a vast capacity of 21,750, it ranks as the third-largest Division I college basketball arena.


Hinkle Fieldhouse - Facilities - Butler University Athletics

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Hinkle Fieldhouse, a historic college basketball venue that debuted in 1928, stands as the home of the Butler Bulldogs’ basketball programs. Often referred to as “Indiana’s Basketball Cathedral,” the arena accommodates 9,100 fans. It also has the esteemed distinction of being a National Historic Landmark, as it is recognized for its pivotal role in popularizing the game of basketball.


Rupp Arena – UK Athletics

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Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center is the esteemed abode of the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball team. The arena is a bastion for one of the nation’s premier college basketball programs. Inaugurated in 1976, it boasts a capacious seating capacity of 20,545. The Wildcats combine an electrifying home crowd with unparalleled talent, amassing a remarkable 188 home wins since the 2010-11 season. This has made Kentucky the most formidable force in Division I college basketball.

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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