Know Your NCAA Tourney Stadium: Dayton Arena, Verizon Center

The NCAA Tournament is chock-full of excitement from the first tip off. That’s why, sometimes, one of the more important items of the madness is overlooked: the stadiums. Well, not here at TicketCity – we cherish the stadiums that hold the games we love.

So, starting today, we are giving an overview of all the stadiums that will be (kinda) featured in the NCAA tournament. Because without them, all of our brackets would be busted from the go.

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University of Dayton Arena
For more than 40 years, the University of Dayton Arena has been one of the most consistently full venues in college basketball, so it’s no surprise that the building has been the home of all the opening round games of the NCAA Tournament since the change in format 10 years ago. Now, as the format expands once again to include four play-in games, the arena will once again play host to opening round games on March 15 and 16. 

The arena opened in 1969 and has since been considered one of the best places to watch a college game. With an intimate setting that still manages to hold 13,455, the location gives the University of Dayton a distinct home court advantage. Though it has remained largely unchanged since its inception, the facility underwent some renovation in 2002 to include nicer amenities and improved disabled access. 

The site has been the location of many historic events including the 2003 and 2004 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament and the first ever HDTV broadcast for ESPN in 2002.  It has hosted 83 games in the NCAA Tournament – tying it with the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri, for the most ever.

Verizon Center
Affectionately nicknamed the “Phone Booth,” the Verizon Center is a staple of downtown Washington, D.C. As the home of a number of professional and college teams including the Washington Wizards and Georgetown men’s basketball team, the venue can accommodate more than 20,000 spectators and will play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on March 17 and 19.

This marks the fifth time the Verizon Center has hosted NCAA Tournament games. In addition to first and second round games this year and in 1998, 2002 and 2008, it was the site of its own regional final in 2006, and it was there that one of the largest upsets in the tournament’s history took place. 

In the 2006 regional final played at the arena, the 11th-seeded George Mason Patriots knocked off the juggernaut top-seeded UConn Huskies to complete their improbable run to the Final Four. 

George Mason won 86-84 in an overtime thriller in front of a mostly pro-Patriot crowd that will live in the annals of college basketball history forever, along with the stunned face of UConn coach Jim Calhoun as Rashad Anderson’s game-winning three clanked off the rim at the buzzer.

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Kings Of Leon, NCAA Team Up For Final Four Concert

As if you didn’t have enough of a reason to go to Houston during Final Four wekend (April 1-4), Tenesseeans Kings of Leon are going to ‘volunteer’ a free show at the Discovery Green from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Their show is a part of a deal where “Kings of Leon’s song, “The Immortals,” will be at the center of a multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.”

So, would you go to the concert before the Final Four, or would you save up your exceitment for the games? For a sample of what you’re in for if you do go, here’s a clip of KOL playing “The Immortals” live in Italy.

Kings Of Leon Playing Free Final Four Discovery Green Show [Houston Press]

The Week in TicketCity Search – April 2nd

Well, the basketball tournament that everyone is supposed to be following finally shows up this week. Yes, the Final Four is this weekend, and the NCAA Basketball Championship will be decided with a 5th seed guaranteed to be in the mix. While the NIT has been on the list for three weeks now, the Final Four has just arrived to the party. It brought a date, too; the Women’s Final Four slides in to round out the top 5.

The top 2 spots flipped, giving the esteemed Mr. Bieber the #1 position for the first time in his extended tenure on the countdown. One I admit was a bit longer than I anticipated. Lady Gaga follows with George Strait in tow at #3. In the bottom 5 we have 1 newcomer, a returning favorite, and where Taylor Swift, another list member with a lengthy tenure, is holding on.

Our newcomer #6 is Aubrey Drake Graham, who shortens thing up a bit and performs under the mononym Drake. The hip-hop hyphenate started as an actor on the show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Despite the name, I sense there were no Ferengi on this particular Next Generation. His new album is called Thank Me Later and is due out sometime this year. He’s currently on tour and will be playing Austin’s Stubbs BBQ at the end of May.

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1 2 Justin Bieber
2 1 Lady Gaga
3 3 George Strait
4 - Final Four
5 - Womens Final Four
6 - Drake
7 6 NIT
8 - Masters
9 10 Elton John
10 5 Taylor Swift

Final Four Finale

This weekend heats up as college basketball comes to a close. Indianapolis will host the Men’s Final Four on April 3rd & 5th  while San Antonio will host the Women’s Final Four on April 4th & 6th.

Two years ago San Antonio hosted the Men’s Final Four tournament and I had the privilege to attend. Though I grew up near San Antonio, I almost didn’t recognize the Alamodome and Sunset Station. The city center transformed into a buzzing sea of energetic basketball fans. There was music, dancing, food, and smiles all around as the Texas spring sun warmed everyone up for the hot tournament. If you’re looking for a fun time with friends or family, the Final Four is definitely worth it. Tickets are still available for both tournaments!

Here’s a quick recap of my 2008 San Antonio Final Four experience.

It May Be March, But Football Is Here

With all of the March Madness upsets (No Kansas?  No Kentucky?) and surprises (Hello, Butler) surrounding the road to the Final Four this weekend in Indy, you might think it’s a bit soon to be thinking about football.  But we’d have to say you’re wrong.  If basketball brings March Madness, football brings a traveling March Madhouse stage where we watch our college football favorites strut their stuff and vie for a position in the NFL.

Football TicketsCollege superstars are currently showing off their skills to the NFL as Pro Days are underway, being a follow-up to the league combine and a preview to the draft.  Today is Pro Day at Texas and being here in Austin, we’re hearing all the hype and awaiting performances from the likes of Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley.  Comparing NFL contenders on skills and basics such as vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash and various drills, Pro Days seem to be getting everyone excited for football – both the NFL and college variety.

And it’s no different here at TicketCity.  Clients are locking in their purchases and requests for season and individual game tickets for the college football season.  Schedules are out and, yes, tickets are available.  Texas’ away-game season opener on September 4th against Rice at Reliant Stadium has got fans throughout Texas excited.  Being a short drive from the Longhorn’s backyard in Austin and home to a great number of UT and Rice alumni, Houston should have no problem luring fans to the Space City event.  For those not able to make the trip to H-town, it has been confirmed the September 4th game will air on ESPN.  The game starts at 2:30pm CT.

So enjoy the March Madness finale and get ready for some football.  You can checkout schedules and purchase college football tickets today.  One secret we’ll let you in on: you can find some great savings when you buy tickets early in season before things heat up and teams get hot.  Give TicketCity a call today to plan your 2010 football season!

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