For the elusive 2012 NCAA Final Four Basketball series, there is no better arena than the Superdome. Since opening in 1975, this immense stadium has not only hosted NFL games for the New Orleans Saints, but many other events. For basketball fans, this means that over 55,000 individuals will be able to attend next year’s prestigious college basketball event. Fans looking to come out on March 31st can expect major improvements made specifically for basketball viewing.
Aside from a raised platform and extra rows of seating, fans will be closer than ever to the action. The NCAA has taken the liberty to budget and install special seating so that fans will be able to see the most college basketball action for their dollar. Even for the most distant seats, there will be a huge octagonal scoreboard above the court that will offer sharp details and statistics. According to NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship spokesman L. J. Wright, these special seats have been used for the past four years to improve viewing conditions for the fans. There will also be a plentiful amount of suites for fans looking to get special accommodation.
Such a task will require diligent planning ahead of time. That is why the NCAA has taken the liberty to test raised platforms and seating structures in July, many months before the actual event is supposed to take place. When it comes to game time however, the setup will take approximately ten days and many hands. According to Wright, if the planning and new seating structure is implemented correctly, the specially adapted structure should be able to accommodate up to 77,000 fans, over 20,000 more from the original amount. Hopefully, any problems that arise will be caught early and can be solved. After all, the goal is to deliver the most pleasurable viewing experience for the fans. It will be interesting to see how many heads will actually be packed in the massive stadium.