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Facility Madness 2014: Renovated Region

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Renovated Region: Historic charm with a new-school twist. Major financial investments turned these facilities from pretenders to contenders in college basketball’s facilities arms race. Help us determine which facilities should advance to the next round.

(1) UCLA's Pauley Pavilion vs. (8) Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym

Not only does Pauley Pavilion have the most expensive renovation of any facility in the bracket, it was also a a 2013 Athletic Business Facility of Merit winner.Not only does Pauley Pavilion have the most expensive renovation of any facility in the bracket, it was also a a 2013 Athletic Business Facility of Merit winner.

Pauley Pavilion
Opened: 1965
Cost: $5 milliion
Capacity: 13,800
Renovation Year: 2012
Renovation Cost: $136 million
Special Features: Expanded seating by 1,000 in 2012, added an exterior glass concourse and 300-guest Pavilion Club, a 2013 Athletic Business Facility of Merit winner for outstanding architecture.

Memorial Gym's theater-like seating arrangement gives it one of the most recognizable looks in college basketball.Memorial Gym's theater-like seating arrangement gives it one of the most recognizable looks in college basketball.

Memorial Gym
Opened: 1952
Cost: $1.5 million
Capacity: 14,316
Renovation Year: 2002
Renovation Cost: $25 million
Special Features: One of the most seating arrangements in college basketball plus an elevated playing floor.

{module Renovated Region 1 vs 8 matchup}

(4) Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena vs. (5) Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion

Tennessee ensured Thompson-Boling would remain one of college basketball's best venues with a major renovation in 2007.Tennessee ensured Thompson-Boling would remain one of college basketball's best venues with a major renovation in 2007.

Thompson-Boling Arena
Opened: 1987
Cost: $40 million
Capacity: 21,678
Renovation Year: 2007
Renovation Cost: $35 million
Special Features: 32 new luxury suites, high-definition scoreboard, loge seating, new seats

Perhaps the most recognizable change to McCamish Pavilion was replacing its ugly yellow seats.Perhaps the most recognizable change to McCamish Pavilion was replacing its ugly yellow seats.

McCamish Pavilion
Opened: 1956
Cost: $1.6 million
Capacity: 8,600
Renovation Year: 2012
Renovation Cost: $50 million
Special Features: All-new seating arrangement, new seats, 360-degree ribbon board, new center-hung scoreboard

{module Renovated Region 4 vs 5 matchup}

(3) The Pit (New Mexico) vs. (6) SMU's Moody Coliseum

The Pit is often the host of NCAA Tournament games including the 1983 Final Four.The Pit is often the host of NCAA Tournament games including the 1983 Final Four.

The Pit
Opened: 1966
Cost: $1.4 million
Capacity: 15,411
Renovation Year: 2009
Renovation Cost: $60 million
Special Features: One of college basketball's all-time classics maintained its nostalgic appeal while greatly improving the facility with a new practice center including practice courts, luxury suites and club-level seating, ribbon boards and a remodeled concourse.

With Larry Brown at the helm and a completely renovated facility, SMU basketball is a force to be reckoned with.With Larry Brown at the helm and a completely renovated facility, SMU basketball is a force to be reckoned with.

Moody Coliseum
Opened: 1956
Cost: $2.5 million
Capacity: 7,000
Renovation Year: 2013
Renovation Cost: $40 million
Special Features: Expanded lobby and concourse area, club seats, loge boxes, private and group suites, new team offices, locker rooms and meeting space.

{module Renovated Region 3 vs 6 matchup}

(2) Michigan's Crisler Center vs. (7) Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena

Crisler Center is last the Facility Madness defending champion.Crisler Center is last the Facility Madness defending champion.

Crisler Center
Opened: 1967
Cost: $7.2 million
Capacity: 12,707
Renovation Year: 2012
Renovation Cost: $52 million
Special Features: AB's 2013 Facility Madness winner features a high-definition scoreboard, LEED Gold Certification, new player development center.

Gallagher-Iba Arena houses the OSU sports hall of fame and is connected to the school's football stadium.Gallagher-Iba Arena houses the OSU sports hall of fame and is connected to the school's football stadium.

Gallagher-Iba Arena
Opened: 1938
Cost: $1.5 million
Capacity: 13,611
Renovation Year: 2001
Renovation Cost: $55 million
Special Features: An expansion doubled the facility's size by knocking the roof off and expanding seating upward. The addition added 14 luxury suites and created one of the most unique (and steep) seating arrangements in college basketball.

{module Renovated Region 2 vs 7 matchup}


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