Best College Basketball Towns

It's basketball season! These college towns can be great places to visit -- full of spirit and history -- especially this time of year.

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Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena - University of Kentucky
Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, has definitely seen its share of victories. The University of Kentucky Wildcats own the record for the most wins in Division I men's college basketball history, and play in the largest basketball arena in the US. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball and more than 23,500 seats, they don't get more wild then Rupp Arena and the fans of Big Blue Nation.
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Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome - Syracuse University
The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, has to pull double duty as it plays host to 2 of Syracuse University's major men's sports programs. The football program plays in the 49,250-seat stadium, but the Orangemen are known for their excellence on the basketball court. With such a massive stadium, the basketball fans are large in numbers and as loud as can be, making the Carrier Dome one of the toughest places for any opponent.
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Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse - University of Kansas
You can find tradition nearly everywhere inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Need proof? The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games on James Naismith Court, the inventor of basketball. With the second most wins in men's college basketball history, Rock Chalk Nation cheers loud but chants even louder.
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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena - University of Arkansas
The "Basketball Palace of Mid-America" resides in Fayetteville, AR, and is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the newer stadiums on our list, Bud Walton Arena was constructed in 1993. Its history was cemented in the arena's inaugural season as the men's team won the national championship.
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University Arena

University Arena

University Arena - University of New Mexico
The Pit, formerly known as University Arena, is one of the loudest arenas in all of college basketball. You can hear the 15,000-plus fans howling, as the University of New Mexico Lobos duke it out on Bob King Court in Albuquerque, NM.
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Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher-IBA Arena - Oklahoma State University
Located in Stillwater, OK, Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to Oklahoma State's Cowboys. Built in 1938, Gallagher-Iba Arena still has its original maple floors, and is known by many as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."
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Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt University
Probably the most unique stadium in all of college basketball belongs to Vanderbilt University. Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN, features the team benches on opposite ends rather than sides, along with a cinematic, triple-deck structure. Memorial Gym is said to give the Commodores home court advantage because of its unusual design, making it one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to come away with a win.
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Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Known for the Sixth Man, the raucous student section of Cardinal fans, Maples Pavilion has become one of the most notorious venues on the West Coast. With fans sitting just inches from the court, opposing teams face a difficult task every time they travel to Stanford, CA.
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Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion - University of California Los Angeles
When it comes to Los Angeles basketball, most people think of the Lakers. But rivaling the recent success in their home stadium, the Staples Center, is Pauley Pavilion, the home of the UCLA Bruins. LA is known for its flash, and in classic LA fashion, Pauley Pavilion has seen its share of superstars. With the "Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden coaching such legends as Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and owning the most national championships in men's college basketball history, it's clear why the Pavilion made our sweet 16.
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Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University
One of the most historic basketball venues in the country also happens to be one of the smallest. Home of the Duke Blue Devils, and only seating 9,314, Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, is known as one of the most electric stadiums in all of basketball. There have been many legendary coaches in college basketball but perhaps none more than the court's namesake, Mike Krzyzewski, or as he's known by most fans, simply "Coach K."
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Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum - Utah State University
If you're trying to concentrate, the Smith Spectrum, home of the Utah State Aggies, is the last place you want to be. Over the past decade, the spectrum has gained a reputation as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams due to its disturbingly loud student section. Located in Logan, UT, the Smith Spectrum has a seating capacity of 10,270.
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The Palestra

The Palestra

The Palestra - University of Pennsylvania
When you think of top college basketball venues, you think of the big programs that have been dominant for decades. But the "Cathedral of College Basketball" belongs to the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Palestra opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 8,722.
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The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome - University of North Carolina
Just down "Tobacco Road" from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rival Duke University, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels play their home games in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Smith Center, better known as the Dean Dome. With jerseys once worn by the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo hanging from the rafters, there's no doubt that the Dean Dome is one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall - Indiana University
The Hoosiers may have been up and down on the court for the past decade, but that can’t erase their incredible history in Assembly Hall. Over an 11-year span from 1976 to 1987, legendary coach Bob Knight led the Hoosiers to 3 national championships, including a perfect season in '76. And who can forget the moment Bob lost his temper and hurled a chair across the court against Purdue in '85? Moments like these, good and bad, have created a special environment for Hoosier fans in Bloomington, IN.
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Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena - University of Kentucky
Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, has definitely seen its share of victories. The University of Kentucky Wildcats own the record for the most wins in Division I men's college basketball history, and play in the largest basketball arena in the US. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball and more than 23,500 seats, they don't get more wild then Rupp Arena and the fans of Big Blue Nation.
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Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome - Syracuse University
The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, has to pull double duty as it plays host to 2 of Syracuse University's major men's sports programs. The football program plays in the 49,250-seat stadium, but the Orangemen are known for their excellence on the basketball court. With such a massive stadium, the basketball fans are large in numbers and as loud as can be, making the Carrier Dome one of the toughest places for any opponent.
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Flicker - John Marino  

Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse - University of Kansas
You can find tradition nearly everywhere inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Need proof? The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games on James Naismith Court, the inventor of basketball. With the second most wins in men's college basketball history, Rock Chalk Nation cheers loud but chants even louder.
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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena - University of Arkansas
The "Basketball Palace of Mid-America" resides in Fayetteville, AR, and is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the newer stadiums on our list, Bud Walton Arena was constructed in 1993. Its history was cemented in the arena's inaugural season as the men's team won the national championship.
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University Arena

University Arena

University Arena - University of New Mexico
The Pit, formerly known as University Arena, is one of the loudest arenas in all of college basketball. You can hear the 15,000-plus fans howling, as the University of New Mexico Lobos duke it out on Bob King Court in Albuquerque, NM.
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Wikimedia - PerryPlanet  

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher-IBA Arena - Oklahoma State University
Located in Stillwater, OK, Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to Oklahoma State's Cowboys. Built in 1938, Gallagher-Iba Arena still has its original maple floors, and is known by many as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."
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OSU Marketing - Phil Shockley  

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt University
Probably the most unique stadium in all of college basketball belongs to Vanderbilt University. Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN, features the team benches on opposite ends rather than sides, along with a cinematic, triple-deck structure. Memorial Gym is said to give the Commodores home court advantage because of its unusual design, making it one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to come away with a win.
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Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Known for the Sixth Man, the raucous student section of Cardinal fans, Maples Pavilion has become one of the most notorious venues on the West Coast. With fans sitting just inches from the court, opposing teams face a difficult task every time they travel to Stanford, CA.
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Standford Athletics  

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion - University of California Los Angeles
When it comes to Los Angeles basketball, most people think of the Lakers. But rivaling the recent success in their home stadium, the Staples Center, is Pauley Pavilion, the home of the UCLA Bruins. LA is known for its flash, and in classic LA fashion, Pauley Pavilion has seen its share of superstars. With the "Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden coaching such legends as Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and owning the most national championships in men's college basketball history, it's clear why the Pavilion made our sweet 16.
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Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University
One of the most historic basketball venues in the country also happens to be one of the smallest. Home of the Duke Blue Devils, and only seating 9,314, Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, is known as one of the most electric stadiums in all of basketball. There have been many legendary coaches in college basketball but perhaps none more than the court's namesake, Mike Krzyzewski, or as he's known by most fans, simply "Coach K."
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Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum - Utah State University
If you're trying to concentrate, the Smith Spectrum, home of the Utah State Aggies, is the last place you want to be. Over the past decade, the spectrum has gained a reputation as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams due to its disturbingly loud student section. Located in Logan, UT, the Smith Spectrum has a seating capacity of 10,270.
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USU Public Relations & Marketing  

The Palestra

The Palestra

The Palestra - University of Pennsylvania
When you think of top college basketball venues, you think of the big programs that have been dominant for decades. But the "Cathedral of College Basketball" belongs to the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Palestra opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 8,722.
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Penn Athletics  

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome - University of North Carolina
Just down "Tobacco Road" from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rival Duke University, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels play their home games in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Smith Center, better known as the Dean Dome. With jerseys once worn by the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo hanging from the rafters, there's no doubt that the Dean Dome is one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Brent Smith / Butler University  

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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall - Indiana University
The Hoosiers may have been up and down on the court for the past decade, but that can’t erase their incredible history in Assembly Hall. Over an 11-year span from 1976 to 1987, legendary coach Bob Knight led the Hoosiers to 3 national championships, including a perfect season in '76. And who can forget the moment Bob lost his temper and hurled a chair across the court against Purdue in '85? Moments like these, good and bad, have created a special environment for Hoosier fans in Bloomington, IN.
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IU Athletics  

William T. Young Library in Kentucky

William T. Young Library in Kentucky

Campus vs. Campus
The William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
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Rjzii - flickr  

Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Campus vs. Campus
The Jayhawk statue outside of Strong Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
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Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Venue vs. Venue
Rupp Arena plays host to the Kentucky Wilcats men's basketball team.
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Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Venue vs. Venue
Phog Allen fieldhouse plays host to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
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The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Kentucky Horse Park boasts over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and plenty of beautiful horses.
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Wes Blevins - Wikimedia Commons  

Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Landmark vs. Landmark
Douglas County Courthouse sits on the south end of downtown Lawrence.
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Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lexington, KY.
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Downtown Lawrence

Downtown Lawrence

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lawrence, KS.
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The Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Woodford Reserve Distillery

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky.
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Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
Kansas is known for their barbecue, especially their ribs.
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Lextran in Lexington

Lextran in Lexington

Transportation vs. Transportation
Lextran.
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KU on Wheels

KU on Wheels

Transportation vs. Transportation
KU on Wheels.
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Jack Wesson Nealy III  

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