In a project that took over four years to complete, Stadium Journey ranked all 351 division one college basketball gymnasiums, with Rupp Arena coming in at the number one spot. That in itself is not hard to believe, but the ranking of many other arenas and gymnasiums was a part harder to rationalize.
Here’s a look at the complete top 10. See if you can find the notable exclusion:
1. Rupp Arena – University of Kentucky
2. Carrier Dome – Syracuse University
3. FedEx Forum – Memphis University
4. CenturyLink Center – Creighton University
5. Dee Glen Smith Spectrum – Utah State University
6. Phog Allen Fieldhouse – Kansas University
7. Crisier Center – University of Michigan
8. University Arena – New Mexico University
9. Dean Smith Center – University of North Carolina
10. Frank Erwin Special Events Center – University of Texas
Figure out the omission? If you didn’t by now, it is Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. However, Cameron Indoor didn’t fall just outside the top 10. No, they came in at a whopping 31st. That’s right, the gymnasiums of Winthrop, Northern Iowa, and the Dayton Flyers all finished higher than Duke.
Remaining as impartial as possible, it’s hard to imagine Duke being the 31st best gymnasium. Other notable rankings include IU’s Assembly Hall (34th), Wisconsin’s Kohl Center (40th), and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion (60th).
This isn’t to take away from the fantastic piece put together from Stadium Journey. They traveled to each stadium and have a detailed breakdown of ratings based on a variety of categories: food & beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment, and extras.
Still, it’s hard to imagine a top 10 list of college arenas without Cameron Indoor.
What do you think? Should Cameron Indoor be in the top 10? What are your top 10 stadiums? Let us know below!