Mar 28, 2014 11:52:00 AM
On Monday, April 7, the best two teams in the country will take center court at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas and battle for the title of NCAA Champions 2014. Much preparation and sweat, practice and dedication have gone into this moment that will crown "the" best college basketball team in the country.
Although much may be known about the final two teams and the strength of their record, the team performance and their background of their coaches, little may be known about the home to this game of powerhouses, ATT Stadium. Before the tip-off begins for this winner takes all tournament game, here are some facts about the stadium that we found interesting:
- Everything at ATT Stadium is "Texas sized"
- ATT Stadium is also home to the Dallas Cowboys
- When the retractable roof at ATT Stadium is enclosed, this facility garners the honors of largest enclosed NFL stadium
- For major events, ATT Stadium is expandable to accommodate 100,000
- ATT Stadium boasts the world's largest, and very first center hung HDTV video boards, measuring 160 feet by 72 feet at a cost of $40 million
- This video board contains 30 million light bulbs and 25,000 square feet of video displays
- Each of the two center-hung video screens stretches from one 20-yard line to the other and weighs 1.2 million pounds
- Total square footage of the stadium is 3 million square feet
- The entire Statue of Liberty and its base could fit inside the stadium with its roof closed
- Dallas-based ATT paid $17-19 million yearly for an undetermined amount of time to claim naming rights
- Average ticket price for all events in 2008 was $84.12
- The facility was called Cowboys Stadium until 2013
- ATT Stadium cost $1.4 billion to build
- There are 3,100 pieces of food service equipment in the stadium
- The retractable roof has 128 total motors used to operate it
- There are 41,000 light fixtures in the facility and 3,000 televisions
- On game day, the ATT Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia
With Texas-sized design and a multi-purpose plan, the ATT Stadium is a mega-center built for thousands of sports and entertainment fans hoping to cheer on their NCAA college powerhouse or pull an upset with a scrappy Cinderella team. Either way, the madness of March basketball promises to be a "larger than life" competition for the lone star state and millions of adoring fans.
Mar 21, 2014 12:46:00 PM
It's mid-March and sports fanatics across the country are beginning to formulate, speculate, and anticipate the outcome of this year's "Big Dance." College powerhouses and Cinderella hopefuls will tip-off several different tournaments across the country in hopes of advancing to the final game in Arlington, Texas early next month. Sixty-four teams will emerge as victors from their respective conferences and hit the hard wood hoping to claim the ultimate title as the 2014 NCAA Basketball Champion.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of a tournament steeped in tradition and rich in talent. If you're a loyal basketball follower, you may be familiar with the eligible teams, the basic rules, and even the analytics of picking your tournament bracket. But, we've compiled a list of interesting fun facts you may not know about the NCAA tournaments. Hopefully, this list will inform you and get you pumped for the start of March Madness (even though the final game will be played on April 7 this year).
Oregon won the first NCAA tournament in 1939 and they have not been to the Final Four since.
UCLA has won the most NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments: 11.
Number one seeds have won five of the past six championships and 10 of the past 14.
Bob Knight, Dean Smith, and Joe B. Hall are the only individuals who have won an NCAA championship as both a player and a head coach. Knight won as a player at Ohio State in 1960 and as the coach of Indiana in 1976, 1981, and 1987. Smith won as a player at Kansas in 1952 and as the coach of the North Carolina Tarheels in 1982 and 1993. Hall won as a player at Kentucky in 1949 and as the coach in 1978.
Jim Calhoun became the oldest coach to ever win a national championship in 2011 at the age of 68 His UConn Huskies defeated the Butler Bulldogs 53-41. In 1940, Emmett B. "Branch" McCracken was the youngest coach, at age 31, to ever win a national championship. His Indiana Hoosiers beat the Kansas Jayhawks 60-42.
In 1968, dunking was outlawed in the championship game, but reinstated in 1977.
Total ad spending for NCAA tournament time reached $1,005,000,000 in 2012.
The average cost of a 30-second commercial during tournament time in that same year, 2012, was $1.34 million.
The odds of picking a perfect bracket are 9 quintillion to one
Up until 1986, NCAA victors were repetitively shown snipping the nets from the winning arena. After that year, teams were also given the actual hardwood court on which the championship game was won. Many schools have reused it, sold the pieces or kept it as a memory.
Let the "Madness" begin!