Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog highlights the best place in America to watch a college basketball game.
With plenty of incredible venues like Penn’s iconic Palestra in Philadelphia, PA; Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS and Butler’s Hinkle Field House in Indianapolis, IN, my 2 Cent Tuesday choice wasn’t easy.
However, the craziest, most passionate and arguably most creative college basketball fans in America helped me make my impossible decision.
Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium
The student section at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium has every right to go crazy. These college kids get to cheer on top national recruiting classes each year as well as the most successful head coach in college basketball history.
The energetic and creative students, cleverly named Cameron Crazies, have helped provide a huge home-court advantage for the Duke Blue Devils during the school’s games in Durham, NC. The college kids make Cameron Indoor the very best place to watch a college basketball game in America.
It’s no surprise these rabid fans are also one of the primary reasons that Cameron Indoor Stadium finds a home at #9 in my FREE comic book Iconic Sports Venues.
Coach K has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA Titles in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015, while coaching scores of future NBA players.
Coach K attributes the Duke Basketball program’s success not only to the five star recruits who have played for him. But, Coach K also credits the noisy Cameron Crazies who’ve rooted for his squad at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That’s because they have made it a nearly impossible place for opposing teams to play and win.
Before students enter Cameron Indoor Stadium, they gather in the makeshift city of Krzyzewski-ville outside of the arena. There, clever chants are made up before the games begin inside the stadium.
During the late fall and winter many Cameron Crazies brave the harsh weather. They pitch tents to secure tickets to sold-out games against in-state ACC rivals such as University of North Carolina, Wake Forest and NC State.
Covered in blue body paint or dressed in funny outfits, Cameron Crazies fill the lower bowl of the stadium. With their creative chants, intimidating tactics and constant jumping, the student section creates an awesome atmosphere for the Blue Devils basketball team just inches away from the hardwood and the visiting team.
Whether you’re a Duke Blue Devil fan or you’re not the least bit crazy, it’s not too difficult to draw the conclusion that these Cameron Crazies help me Cameron Indoor the best place in America to watch a college basketball game.
And, that’s my 2 cents.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!