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CDC84
08-10-2007, 07:40 AM
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=253415



But let me return to the Final Four seating overhaul. Its most significant aspect is the creation of student end zone seats to be sold at drastically reduced prices. Shaheen says the vouchers will cost students $15-20 per session. Last season, the closest student tickets were 20-24 rows up from the court, and they cost more than $200 for the weekend. The end zone seats will not be sold as tickets in the traditional sense; rather, they'll be attached in some manner to student IDs. The NCAA wants students who buy these seats to fill them -- and not to scalp them to the highest bidder. The seating area is designed so students who want to stand throughout the game will be able to do so without disrupting the sightlines of higher-paying customers.

sittingon50
08-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Terrific idea. There are a lot of "rabid" kids around the country who don't possess a bankroll or access to one. They still should have the option to be able to get to "The Big One" if their team makes it that far.

gonzagulous
08-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Wow, great move, NCAA! Just wish I was still in college....

former1dog
08-10-2007, 11:04 AM
Wow, great move, NCAA! Just wish I was still in college....

Agreed!

bayzag09
08-10-2007, 12:50 PM
there still is time for me yet!

dim4sum
08-10-2007, 01:25 PM
Let's raise our voices to get the Final Four back on the West Coast. The implosion of the Kingdome left the West Coast without an arena that met the NCAA's ridiculous criteria. In the Kingdome's case that meant maximum capacity, minimum comfort. Seems to me that television and miscellaneous marketing hype can offset attendance these days, so the NCAA has to reexamine its criteria and consider the fact that West Coast teams will have to battle time zone fatigue and disorientation as long as the present format exists.

CDC84
08-10-2007, 02:26 PM
Future final 4 sites are:

2008 = Alamodome, San Antonio
2009 = Ford Field, Detroit
2010 = Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
2011 = Reliant Stadium, Houston

Indianapolis is going to get the final 4 every 4 years from here until eternity.

Here are the future sub-regional and regional sites for the next few years:

Opening Round: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Host: University of Dayton
Ticket Info: $12
Phone: 937/229-4433
Web site: www.daytonflyers.com

First and Second Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 20 and 22, 2008
Honda Center
Anaheim, California
Host: Big West Conference
Ticket Price: $153
Phone: 714/704-2500
Web site: www.hondacenter.com

Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
Hosts: Mountain West Conference and Colorado State University
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $168
Phone: 719/487-2479
Web site: themwc.cstv.com

Qwest Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Hosts: Creighton University and Missouri Valley Conference
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $159
Phone: 402/599-6818

Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.
Host: Georgetown University
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $228
Phone: 202/784-6222
Web site: http://guhoyas.cstv.com/ot/gu-08-ncaa-tournament.html

First and Second Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 21 and 23, 2008
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama
Host: Southeastern Conference
Ticket Price: $153
Phone: 800/732-4849
Web site: www.southtix.com

Alltel Arena
Little Rock, Arkansas
Host: University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $158
Phone: 501/975-9000
Web site: www.ualrtrojans.com

RBC Center
Raleigh, North Carolina
Host: North Carolina State University
Ticket Info: $165
Phone: 919/865-1510
Web site: http://www.gopack.com/fls/9200/2008ncaadiv1/index.html

St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, Florida
Host: University of South Florida
Ticket Info: $198
Phone: 813/301-2500
Web site: www.sptimesforum.com/ncaa2008

Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 27 and 29, 2008
East Regional
Charlotte Bobcat Arena
Charlotte, North Carolina
Host: University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $142
Phone: 704/688-9008
Web site: www.charlottebobcatsarena.com

West Regional
US Airways Center
Phoenix, Arizona
Host: Arizona State University
Ticket Info: SOLD OUT
Ticket Price: $122
Phone: 480/727-0000
Web site: http://www.phoenixregional.org/

Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 28 and 30, 2008
Midwest Regional
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Host: University of Detroit Mercy
Ticket Info: $150/$100/$75/$45
Phone: 313/262-2008
Web site: www.detroitlions.com

South Regional
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
Host: University of Houston and Rice University
Ticket Info: $156
Phone: 832/667-1514
Web site: reliantpark.com

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Opening Round: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Host: University of Dayton

First and Second Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 19 and 21, 2009

Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
Host: Atlantic Coast Conference

Sprint Center
Kansas City, Missouri
Host: Big 12 Conference

Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Host: St. Joseph's University

Rose Garden
Portland, Oregon
Host: University of Oregon

First and Second Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 20 and 22, 2009

Taco Bell Arena
Boise, Idaho
Host: Boise State University

UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Host: University of Dayton

American Airlines Arena
Miami, Florida
Host: Florida International University

HHH Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Host: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 26 and 28, 2009

East Regional
TD Banknorth
Boston, Massachusetts
Host: Boston College

West Regional
Cardinal Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Host: Arizona State University

Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 27 and 29, 2009
Midwest Regional
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Host: Butler University/Horizon League

South Regional
Fed Ex Forum
Memphis, Tennessee
Host: University of Memphis

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Opening Round: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Host: University of Dayton

First and Second Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 18 and 20, 2010
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
Host: Tulane University

Dunkin Donuts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Host: Big East Conference/Providence College

HP Pavilion
San Jose, California
Host: San Jose State University

Spokane Memorial Arena
Spokane, Washington
Host: Washington State University

First and Second Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 19 and 21, 2010 HSBC Arena
Buffalo, New York
Host: MAAC/Canisius/Niagara

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville, Florida
Host: Jacksonville University

Bradley Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Host: Marquette University

Ford Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Host: Big 12 Conference

Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 25 and 27, 2010

East Regional
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, New York
Host: Syracuse University

West Regional
Delta Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Host: University of Utah
Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 26 and 28, 2010

Midwest Regional
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Missouri
Host: Missouri Valley Conference

South Regional
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
Host: University of Houston