The Sweet 16 of College Basketball Venues

From basketball royalty like Kentucky's Rupp Arena to more obscure venues like UPenn's Palestra, check out our picks for the top venues in all of college basketball.

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University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
In downtown Lexington, KY, the historic Kentucky Theater has been providing entertainment since 1922. The theater started off as a concert hall and playhouse, and is now a place for modern cinema, both wide-release and art-house films.
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants.
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Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.
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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot.
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Marquette University

Marquette University

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns.
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University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas - Austin, TX
With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite.
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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.
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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas."
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Duke University

Duke University

Duke University - Durham, NC
The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game.
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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university.
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University of Kansas

University of Kansas

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations."
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MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is a popular venue in New Jersey and New York. That’s because both the New York Giants and the New York Jets play their home games here, in East Rutherford, NJ. The Stadium seats 82,500 fans and it will host Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014. 960 1280

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Superdome

Superdome

Curtis and Davis Associated, a modern architecture firm, created the multi-purpose Superdome stadium. It opened in 1975 and is home to the New Orleans Saints. The stadium seats 76,468 energetic fans for football games. Locals also come here to check out the Hornets' basketball games and the Zephyrs' baseball games. 960 1280

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Cowboys Stadium

Cowboys Stadium

Welcome to Cowboys Stadium! The Stadium, located in Arlington, TX, has a retractable roof and is home to the well-renown Dallas Cowboys. With its 80,000-seating capacity, Cowboys Stadium is ranked the 3rd largest stadium in the NFL. 960 1280

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Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium

Head to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA -- just 33 miles from downtown Boston -- to see the New England Patriots play their home games. The 1.9 million-square foot stadium has 68,756 seats, including 6,000 club seats and 2,000 suite seats. According to the Stadium’s website, every seat in Gillette Stadium is focused toward midfield to provide optimum sight lines for Patriot fans. 960 1280

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Cleveland Browns Stadium

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Located in downtown Cleveland on over 30 acres of land, Cleveland Browns Stadium, also known as "The Dawg Pound," is the only stadium in the NFL that has yet to host a playoff game. With new owner Jimmy Haslam at the helm, talented stars like Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson on the field and over 73,000 fans in the stands, the Browns look to reverse that trend in the near future. 960 1280

  

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Since 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers have called Heinz Field their home. Before Heinz Stadium, the team played its home games at Three River Stadium, which was demolished. The new stadium seats 65,050 people and it is located in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood. 960 1280

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CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink Field

The Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field, just south of downtown Seattle. The $360-million facility includes a roof that protects about 70% of the 72,000 seats available in stadium. Owners claim that the stadium has the largest executive suites in professional sports. You make the call! 960 1280

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O.co Coliseum

O.co Coliseum

O.co Coliseum aka Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium, located in Oakland, CA. In 1995, a $120 million renovation project created 22,000 new seats, 90 luxury suites, 2 private clubs and 2 state-of-the art scoreboards. The Coliseum is the full-time home to the Oakland Raiders and Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics. Seating capacity is 63,132 for a football game and 35,067 for baseball game. 960 1280

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Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field -- once called New City Stadium -- was renamed in 1965 in memory of the Green Bay Packers’ founder Curly Lambeau, who was also a former coach and player. The Stadium, located in Green Bay, WI, seats more than 73,000 cheeseheads. 960 1280

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Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, seats 79,101 fans. When comparing stadium seating capacity, it’s the 4th largest NFL stadium behind Cowboys Stadium, MetLife Stadium and FedEx Field. The Stadium, located in Kansas City, MO, also provides fans with a climate-controlled tailgate party with all-you-can-eat catering, ice-cold drinks and pre-game television coverage -- of course, all for a price. 960 1280

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

In Denver, CO, visit Sports Authority Field at Mile High to see the Broncos play their home games. The Stadium’s “south stands” is known among the locals as the loudest section in the stadium. And if you’re nearby for a football game, be sure to check out the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum, located at Gate 1 on the west side of the stadium. 960 1280

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Soldier Field

Soldier Field

Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears, has a seating capacity of 61,500, making it the smallest stadium in NFL. Designed in 1919 and completed in the 1920s, the Field serves as a memorial to Americans soldiers who died in past wars. The stadium also features many memorials dedicated to previous Bears heroes, including former coach Mike Ditka. 960 1280

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