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.
EagleBank Arena, home of the George Mason Patriots basketball team, is located in Fairfax, Va. in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. The 10,000-seat arena opened in 1985 and has played home to Mason ever since.
Capital One Arena is a perfect example of why bigger isn’t always better. Although the arena seats over 20,000 fans, it is rarely even close to full. Although the Hoyas’ former on-campus home is way too small at only a few thousand seats, it seems like there should be a happy medium somewhere.
Attending a game at the Bank of Colorado Arena is worth the effort as it is a small, welcoming venue and watching the game provides a friendly, enjoyable sports afternoon or night out. It is truly a comfortable, small intimate setting for a basketball game.
As a facility, there isn’t a whole lot that separates Lavietes Pavilion from the other small-conference gyms that dot the New England college basketball landscape. What does make it stand apart from the others is the fantastic following and capacity crowds that pack Lavietes on a regular basis. Harvard’s recent run of success in the Ivy League and NCAA tournament has made Lavietes the hidden gem of the Boston sports scene.
There are too many rules. Coaches micromanage. Fans Monday morning quarterback and often call foul. Perhaps, ultimately, it’s one of the last frontiers of creativity for players.