Stadium Journey ranks Crisler top Big Ten arena

The website StadiumJourney.com recently released a list, ranking the best college basketball arenas across the nation. The rankings are based on several categories, which include: food and beverage in the arena, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras.

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The highest-ranked Big Ten arena on the list is Michigan’s Crisler Center, which comes in at No. 7 overall.

“It wasn’t too long ago that Crisler Arena was a functional, but unexciting and dark college basketball venue located next to a Big House. After $100 million in renovations were completed in 2012, the facility was reborn as the Crisler Center. To help celebrate, the 2012-2013 team, led by Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., took the Wolverines to the National Championship game before falling to Louisville, adding another Final Four banner to hang at home. If you have been to Crisler prior to 2012, then it is time to go again, and see what $100M in renovations can do to a sports arena. It is truly something to see.”

Williams Arena (Minnesota Gophers) and Breslin Center (Michigan State Spartans), also made the top 20, coming in at No. 16 and 17, respectively.

Here is a look at where other Big Ten arenas rank on the list.

34. Assembly Hall, Indiana Hoosiers

40. Kohl Center, Wisconsin Badgers

61. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa Hawkeyes

64. Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska Cornhuskers

96. Mackey Arena, Purdue Boilermakers

99. Value City Arena, Ohio State Buckeyes

190. Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern Wildcats

230. State Farm Center, Illinois Fighting Illini

336. Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State Nittany Lions

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Dbg on 4/4/2014 @ 9:07pm EDT Said:

You haven’t been to Comcast Center at Maryland yet,ya’ll change your minds

shookwriter27 on 4/4/2014 @ 11:21pm EDT Said:

The State Farm Center is going to better when renovation is complete.

shookwriter27 on 4/4/2014 @ 11:24pm EDT Said:

Reblogged this on The way I see it. and commented:
When I look how far down the State Farm Center is ranked, I wonder how anyone could question the need for its renovation.

Huskergal1 on 4/5/2014 @ 8:37am EDT Said:

Assembly Hall ranks ahead of Pinnacle Bank Sports Arena?? REALLY??? Assembly Hall has history and longevity but it is falling apart. Based upon the criteria, it is too early to really rank Pinnacle Bank Sports Arena in this list since it hasn’t been open a year yet. I would say, however, that lots of people are making tracks to Lincoln to see it, explore it and look at the area around it that it developing as an entertainment center.

Dave on 4/5/2014 @ 10:47am EDT Said:

Renovation or not, the SFC is WAY better than #230 in the country. These rankings are VERY suspect.

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