Men's Basketball Season begins this Friday, October 14, 2011 at Midnight for the Duke Blue Devils and the Cameron Crazies. College basketball is the best way to really understand the passion and pride of competitive college sports and watching a game at Cameron Indoor is a unique experience. The seating capacity of 9,343 is a relatively small arena in the Division 1 NCAA. If you are a college basketball fan you understand that watching competitive basketball in small arenas is pure excitement.
In the South we are indeed blessed with many great venues to watch good college basketball. Here are a few I am going to travel to this season.
Kimmel Arena, the brand new home for UNC Asheville and opens this November 13 with the Bulldogs hosting the UNC Tarheels. This arena seats 3,200 and promises to help Eddie Biedenbach recruit and build this very good team.
The Joel is home to the Wake Forrest Demon Deacons, a 14,407 arena in Winston-Salem, NC. The Demon Deacons are in the middle of major rebuilding but they are an ACC team with lots of great competitors visiting The Joel.
TD Arena Home to the College of Charleston Cougars, this new arena seats 5,100 and is located in one of the best cities in the South- Charleston. The Men's basketball coach, Bobbie Cremen's is a wonderful coach to watch while the game is competitive. His style seems to fit Charleston as he has upset many better teams last year.
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum a purple paradise for East Carolina fans and the seating capacity (8,000) is large enough to obtain tickets. The town is vintage Eastern Carolina and the fan base is exciting for all their home games. Jeff Lebo who always wins more games than he loses in a season coaches the Pirates.
Littlejohn Coliseum recently remodeled has a seating capacity of 10,000. When the Tigers are playing competitive ball it is a great ACC venue and quite enjoyable.
So for me this season, besides attending all the NC State Wolfpack games at RBC Center, I will try and visit the above basketball courts so I can appreciate the fun and passion of College Basketball in the South.