This weekend was my second time attending a regional in person. But, the Final Four is still on my sports bucket list. It’s just hard to justify paying $200 to sit in the last row of a football stadium to watch a basketball game. Also, look at where the Final Four has taken place over the last decade:
|2002||Atlanta, Georgia||Georgia Dome||Maryland|
|2003||New Orleans, Louisiana||Louisiana Superdome||Syracuse|
|2004||San Antonio, Texas||Alamodome||Connecticut|
|2005||St. Louis, Missouri||Edward Jones Dome||North Carolina|
|2006||Indianapolis, Indiana||RCA Dome||Florida|
|2007||Atlanta, Georgia||Georgia Dome||Florida|
|2008||San Antonio, Texas||Alamodome||Kansas|
|2009||Detroit, Michigan||Ford Field||North Carolina|
|2010||Indianapolis, Indiana||Lucas Oil Stadium||Duke|
|2011||Houston, Texas||Reliant Stadium||Connecticut|
|2012||New Orleans, Louisiana||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||TBD|
These aren’t exactly cities that would otherwise be high on my “to visit” list. Of course, this year, it’s NoLa. That’s intriguing. The next four years of sites are already in place. They are far less interesting than New Orleans. In 2013 the games will go back to the ATL. The next year, 2014, the new Cowboys Stadium gets the Final Four for the first time. Then it’s back to Indy and Houston in 2015 and 2016.
Is a trip eminent? I mean, I guess I want to see the colossal screen and Cowboys Stadium. I wouldn’t live up to the American stereotype if I didn’t give a shit about a massive big screen TV. In actuality, this goes back to my earlier point. Seeing a hoops game in a stadium like that, you need a nice HD screen to watch on, because there’s a good chance you will barely be able to decipher the action on the court.
All those questioning points not withstanding, at some point soon, it must be done. The trigger must be pulled.
Back to this past Saturday’s action in Boston. Here’s how it went down.