Lloyd Noble Center is an 11,562-seat multi-purpose venue on the University of Oklahoma campus. The Lloyd Noble Center or LNC opened on October 27, 1975. The arena is home to both of the Sooners’ basketball programs as well as the women’s gymnastics team. These Lloyd Noble Center’s tenants have accumulated a combined eight Final Four appearances, three national championships, and 47 conference titles.
Reed Arena is in College Station, Texas, in the Texas A&M University athletic complex, near the west side of campus. The facility is home to Texas A&M’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the volleyball team, major concerts, commencement ceremonies, and a variety of other events. The two-level arena has a single concourse with a seating capacity of 12,989.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is the fourth-oldest college football bowl game in the country. The Cotton Bowl Classic or Cotton Bowl game has been held annually in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex since 1937. The Cotton Bowl game was historically home to the Southwest Conference Champion to play other deserving football teams.
American Airlines Center (AAC) is a multi-use arena located in the Victory Park area, which is just north of the historic West End in downtown Dallas. The venue is home to the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL. AAC, as it is commonly referred to by local sports fans, opened its doors on July 28, 2001 with ‘An Evening with the Eagles’; the Mavericks and Stars also both opened their 2001 season in AAC, replacing outdated Reunion Arena. The venue is made of brick, limestone, and granite with signature arches, but the arena’s sweeping facades and smooth arch design can easily get lost in the new vibrant Victory Park buildings, which have risen around the old site of a power plant.
The Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center is a multi-purpose arena for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The arena is commonly known as either the Dean Smith Center or the Dean Dome. The arena is named after the UNC’s legendary coach Dean Smith, who coached the Tar Heels basketball program from 1961-1997. Smith coached the last 11 years of his Tar Heels tenure in his namesake venue while becoming the 4th-all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 basketball.
The Cheez-it Bowl is celebrating their 30th year of providing post-season college football to the state of Arizona – the bowl originally started back in 1989, about 100 miles south on Interstate 10, in Tucson. Over its three decades of existence, the bowl game has had many names, including the Copper Bowl, the Insight.com Bowl, the Insight Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and most recently, the Cactus Bowl. Besides the name change, the game has also been played in three different cities: Tucson, Tempe, and Phoenix. The game is currently hosted by the Fiesta Bowl organization, which partners with the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences.