After two weeks and more than 100,000 votes, our search for college basketball's finest arena is down to just two. Not surprisingly, the newest arena in the field is still in contention. DLR Group-designed Pinnacle Bank Arena, home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, opened in 2013 to rave reviews from players, media members and fans alike. The Big Red faithful have shown up in force to help the venue earn its spot in the Facility Madness finals.

On the other side of the bracket is a bit of a long shot. Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse was only a six-seed in the "Old-School Region" of our bracket. However, the venue's history and charm made it a hit with our voters as Hinkle has easily won every matchup, knocking off classic facilities such as The Palestra and Kentucky's Rupp Arena, on its way to the championship round.

The stage is set. New school vs. old school. Fancy amenities vs. history and character. Which facility do you prefer? Here's a refresher of our criteria.

Voting is open until 11:59 pm central time on Tuesday. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Facility Madness 2014: The Championship

(1) Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena vs. (6) Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse



Pinnacle Bank Arena
Opened: 2013
Capacity: 15,147
Construction Costs: $180 million
Special Features: Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD video board, 360 degree ribbon lighting, plus home crowds that helped Nebraska's men's team make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

Hinkle Fieldhouse
Opened: 1928
Capacity: 10,000
Construction Costs: $750,000
Special Features: At the time it was built, Hinkle was the largest basketball arena in the United States. Since then, it has stood the test of time, maintaining its charm and historic aura. The facility is registered as a National Historic Landmark.

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What the hell else do people in Nebraska have to do other than vote in this "contest"? Since this has nothing to do with which facility actually best meets the criteria, and instead is a glorified popularity contest, I fully expect these cornseed's, I mean Cornhuskers to block off all of their day to vote and edge out Butler. Otherwise, Butler would win on merit.
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What the hell else do people in Indiana have to do other than vote in this "contest"? READ the question. WHICH FACILITY IS BETTER???? Hinkle Fieldhouse is a PIT. There is Zero comparison here.
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Hey guys, take it easy. No personal attacks, please.
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Athletic Business- if you have this contest next year, please monitor the comments. Comments from both sides have made a fun contest into a trash talking quorum. = garbage. Which makes most people lose interest and reduces the intelligence of your business/website as most people don't want that type of negativity/garbage in their daily lives.
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Rob, we've cleaned up some of the inappropriate comments. We appreciate the input.
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You're welcome Michael. Congrats to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Looks like a great place. Like to visit it sometime.
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I see 180 million vs 750,000. The fact that you are almost neck and neck with a six seed facility built in 1928 should tell you all you need to know.
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A couple of points:
1. Nebraska was a No. 1 seed in this contest. Butler was a No. 6. Apparently the creators of this bracket thought Nebraska had a little more "merit" than Butler. Also, if you read through the criteria, linked near the top, which one does Butler beat Nebraska at? I'll give you tradition/history. The rest of them: design, amenities, game day atmosphere, and functionality all appear to favor Nebraska. Your argument lacks "merit."
2. As I write this, Nebraska has over 14,000 votes. But Butler has over 13,000. I am going to wager that the University of Nebraska has a larger fan base than Butler. Therefore to keep up, a much larger percentage of Butler fans must be blocking off their day to vote. They must have nothing else to do other than vote in this "contest."
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Nathan Arneal wrote:
A couple of points:
1. Nebraska was a No. 1 seed in this contest. Butler was a No. 6. Apparently the creators of this bracket thought Nebraska had a little more "merit" than Butler. Also, if you read through the criteria, linked near the top, which one does Butler beat Nebraska at? I'll give you tradition/history. The rest of them: design, amenities, game day atmosphere, and functionality all appear to favor Nebraska. Your argument lacks "merit."
2. As I write this, Nebraska has over 14,000 votes. But Butler has over 13,000. I am going to wager that the University of Nebraska has a larger fan base than Butler. Therefore to keep up, a much larger percentage of Butler fans must be blocking off their day to vote. They must have nothing else to do other than vote in this "contest."

Or the rest of America realizes that Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the best places to watch a college basketball game. People in Nebraska go to Pinnacle Bank Arena once football season is over.
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And once football season is over, we go to Haymarket Park to support baseball. And after that, we go to Devaney Sports Center to support volleyball. And don't forget to include women's basketball, soccer, gymnastics, etc. I'm proud to be a part of a fanbase that is very supportive of a vast array of sports.
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I'm glad you love your athletic events & arenas that house Nebraska's very fine sports teams for both gals & guys. Here in Indy, we love Hinkle for The "Dawgs'"; Lucas Oil Stadium for our NFL Colts and home stadium for the 2012 Superbowl; The Indianapolis Motor Speedway that seats more people than any other facility in the world with its' 300,000 to 400,000 Indy 500 raceday fans; Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the NBA Indiana Pacers and The WBA Indiana Fever; Carroll Stadium for Indy 11 pro soccer team; & Crooked Stick Country Club PGA BMW Golf Championship.
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People at Butler go to a 90 year old humid gym to watch a losing basketball team, once the exciting Pioneer Football League is over. WOW!!!. Great fun.
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b3 wrote:
People at Butler go to a 90 year old humid gym to watch a losing basketball team, once the exciting Pioneer Football League is over. WOW!!!. Great fun.

I forgot that since Nebraska Basketball made their first tournament since 1998, they are a pretty big deal now. In a new basketball arena that has about as much character and tradition as a newly built Holiday Inn Express. Sounds about right, you guys haven't been relevant since Eric Crouch left. #ILoveThe90's
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Funny how some people want to turn this into something more than a poll about a venue...
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Wrong. All, I repeat ALL of Nebraska's men's basketball games were sold out this year at PBA. Yes, that includes those played prior to football season being concluded.
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4-14 in an irreverent, mid-major conference
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Steve wrote:
4-14 in an irreverent, mid-major conference

Irrelevant, mid-major conference? The new Big East has teams like Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, Xavier, Providence, and Creighton. Teams rich with both basketball tradition and success. I'm glad we have ignorant basketball fans voting in this poll.
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How many National Championship NCAA Big Dance Final Games has Cornhusker Basketball been in??
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And that has WHAT to do with the current subject?
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Don't worry, MIT did a study that showed if Indiana were to get in a fight with Nebraska, Indiana would stomp the pig poop out of them. I believe it also says in the Bible that THOU shall not listen to anyone from Nebraska.
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Obviously you don't have anything better to do than bitch about Nebraska fans having nothing better to do.
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We have nothing. . Nothing at all else better to do than vote.. sorry your soo butt hurt that we're WINNING
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This is STUPID! How the heck is it that places like Cameron Indoor is not in the final or a place that is heralded for being the best to watch a college game by almost everyone didn't make it out of the first round (Allen Fieldhouse). There are at least a handful of stadiums that are WAY better than Hinkle and MANY of them that are better than Pinnacle
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This poll is based on the best facility, not the best atmosphere like you're alluding to.
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Corey Schneider Monday, 14 April 2014
I have never been to either place. But the fact that a facility like Nebraska's has made it this far is shocking to me and I live n Nebraska. I have heard nothing but great comments from all the teams that have come to play at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Sadly, I have never hear of Hinkle's Fieldhouse. For it to be a historic landmark in itself is plenty to brag about for any facility. Just the picture of it alone is impressive. I am biased and will vote for Nebraska, but if it came to Nebraska not being in it, I would honestly say I would vote the other way.
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If you want to go to a modern, pro-style arena, then go see an NBA game. When anyone thinks of college basketball, they do not think of "Wow, that would be a great basketball game to watch at Pinnacle Bank Arena". I get it, it has wide concourses, fast food chains, cushions on your seats, and great amenities. As a basketball purist, I want something that looks, feels, and smells like a basketball gym. Hinkle not only looks the part, but it has a storied past and tradition. When you walk in the door, you know you are in a place that was meant purely for basketball. A present day basketball mecca.
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Is this heaven? No Ray, it's Hinkle.
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Exactly Hanz... and that is what these people just don't understand. You can't really blame them, they are Football fans at heart, what do they know about great Basketball facilities?

So they joined the B10 and picked up some big bucks from the BTN, and tried to buy themselves a place in college basketball? Once we get this train back on its tracks, I saw we play a home and home and show them a thing or two.

And the "Mid Major" blast... ha. They are just still upset that Creighton has more power and cache than them. Keep trying friends...
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Wow! People need to calm down and not take these things so seriously. This is just a fun little poll developed to incite participation and bring eyes to the games that are played in these arenas. Whether or not you agree with the results, the point is more people voted for one than the other. Quit being so defensive about it and just vote for the one you think is better. If your choice wins, more people agreed with you. If it doesn't more people disagreed.
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The Nebraska fan base just loves winning. No matter what sport and we rarely lose a poll. I am shocked both places are in the final. It is a popularity contest, nothing more. The insults are just funny, try losing with a little pride.
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I think we can all agree that Hinkle Fieldhouse really has that college feel. And when I cant make it to a game there, my mom will make turkey sandwiches and I'll watch my dawgs on the TV!!