SEC Arenas

#1

BACKDOC

Junior Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2006
Messages
3,173
Likes
718
#1
I'll start to by saying, we had an awesome experience yesterday at TBA; from the light show to the halftime entertainment; (my daughter loves dogs). TBA is the only arena I've seen a game. I have been to Coleman for a graduation; I really liked the exterior, but the interior was not the best at Coleman. I've noticed on TV some of the SEC arenas look like crap, (Mizzou). Stegeman also looks kinda small and in need of a facelift. I would kinda like to come up with a ranking of the best to worst basketball arenas in the conference.
 
#2

BruinVol

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2011
Messages
46,156
Likes
12,837
#2
I've only been in a few but Ole Miss and Auburns new areans are solid. Rupp is old and outdated but certainly has the "it"
Factor

I know I am crazy but I like Vandys the best. It has "character" and I like that


Tenn is by far the nicest, biggest and most modern one I have been too.
 
#3

wmcovol

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
Messages
4,728
Likes
4,967
#3
I guess everyone has their own taste but Vandy is the worst I’ve been to. LSU, while dated and only 14k or so, is good. All good seats and no upper deck. I’m going to Rupp for the first time this yr for the Fla game ( free tickets and free drinks)

Ole miss & Aub need to be at top. They’ve spend a fortune for new places in last 4 yrs.
 
#5

cardvolfan

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 13, 2007
Messages
1,118
Likes
546
#5
I guess everyone has their own taste but Vandy is the worst I’ve been to. LSU, while dated and only 14k or so, is good. All good seats and no upper deck. I’m going to Rupp for the first time this yr for the Fla game ( free tickets and free drinks)

Ole miss & Aub need to be at top. They’ve spend a fortune for new places in last 4 yrs.
I understand Auburn and Ole Miss are nice arenas. But, if you want big time attendance as well, then Tennessee is outstanding. It is modernized inside and the capacity is beyond norm. Ole Miss has a capacity around 9500 and Auburn 9100. If I'm a recruit, give the the enormous crowd every time.
 
#6

JoAllan

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2017
Messages
2,322
Likes
1,417
#6
This is slightly off topic but I think Texas Tech has the best looking court in all of basketball.............if it were in Tennessee orange it would be the prob the best court in the entire world........in my opinion (I like TBA better, and I love UT's colors WAY better.....but I do love TT's floor).

Many folks love ND's court and arena, some love Duke's and a lot of folks love OSU (Oklahoma ST) floor and arena..........but for me TT's is awesome, just behind TBA.
 
#7

VolsFan-TX

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2011
Messages
1,169
Likes
1,051
#7
I've only been in a few but Ole Miss and Auburns new areans are solid. Rupp is old and outdated but certainly has the "it"
Factor

I know I am crazy but I like Vandys the best. It has "character" and I like that


Tenn is by far the nicest, biggest and most modern one I have been too.
The layout of the court is too much for me to like Vandy's arena. I liked the A&M facility (Reed Arena), but I still prefer TBA.
 
#8

BruinVol

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2011
Messages
46,156
Likes
12,837
#8
The layout of the court is too much for me to like Vandy's arena. I liked the A&M facility (Reed Arena), but I still prefer TBA.
I just have a soft spot for older venues With character. Wrigley field is a dump in many ways but I love going there. Legion field is just plain ole awful but you can feel the history when you go there.

JMO
 
#10

feathersax

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
5,157
Likes
3,449
#10
I guess everyone has their own taste but Vandy is the worst I’ve been to. LSU, while dated and only 14k or so, is good. All good seats and no upper deck. I’m going to Rupp for the first time this yr for the Fla game ( free tickets and free drinks)

Ole miss & Aub need to be at top. They’ve spend a fortune for new places in last 4 yrs.
The "garage" at vandie is the worst anywhere. Sightlines awful, aisle flow wretched, upper levels ridiculous, end zone benches laughable & it's butt-ugly.
 
#11
Joined
Sep 18, 2013
Messages
14,486
Likes
16,023
#11
I have only been to 4 and would rank them:

1) TBA
2) Rupp
3) Memorial Gym (Vandy)
4) Coleman Coliseum (Bama) - it is really nice on the outside but as a basketball venue? It's an even worse place to watch a game than Vandy and surprisingly small for an arena which claims to have a capacity of over 15,000.

I haven't been to either of the Auburn or Ole Miss new arenas but they do look nice on television, just not as nice as TBA. I have to think if an independent poll was conducted, TBA would be #1 in the SEC.
 
Last edited:
#15

CladInOrange

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2012
Messages
966
Likes
1,585
#15
I'll start to by saying, we had an awesome experience yesterday at TBA; from the light show to the halftime entertainment; (my daughter loves dogs). TBA is the only arena I've seen a game. I have been to Coleman for a graduation; I really liked the exterior, but the interior was not the best at Coleman. I've noticed on TV some of the SEC arenas look like crap, (Mizzou). Stegeman also looks kinda small and in need of a facelift. I would kinda like to come up with a ranking of the best to worst basketball arenas in the conference.
I was at the Mizzou game and actually enjoyed that arena.
 
#16

OrangeDog

NSD---February 6th, 2019
Joined
Jun 23, 2009
Messages
6,610
Likes
1,539
#16
I can't imagine that vandy's bball court is even legal.
They have a HUGE home court advantage because of the player/coach placement............. but this year they are 0-10 in SEC.(they must be REALLY bad)

Stokely was cool. but not a good place to watch (I was behind a structure a few times)........unless we were beating KY!
 
#20

golfballs

Well-Known Boofer
Joined
Oct 28, 2009
Messages
57,000
Likes
22,164
#20
I really don't get how Rupp is always mentioned in the best venues discussion. Same w TBA or the Dean Dome. Large and nondescript. I haven't been to any SEC venue that I thought was all that great. Although I would like to go to Bud Walton.

Outside of the SEC I really like UD Arena in Dayton. A lot of character and a good place to watch a game. I liked Xavier's arena too.
 
#21

savannahfan

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 14, 2014
Messages
2,364
Likes
1,478
#21
I've only been in a few but Ole Miss and Auburns new areans are solid. Rupp is old and outdated but certainly has the "it"
Factor

I know I am crazy but I like Vandys the best. It has "character" and I like that


Tenn is by far the nicest, biggest and most modern one I have been too.
The Vandy Barn is the same it has been sense the mid fifties(?). I thought it was a barn when I went there as a high schooler and don't see much difference now.
 

VN Store



Sponsors
 

Top