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Facility Madness 2014: Round of 16

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Voting in this round is now closed. Vote in the quarterfinals.

More than 25,000 votes were cast in the first round of Facility Madness and just like the NCAA Tournament, our first round was filled with upsets and tight matchups. The field has been trimmed to 16. So, like we asked in round one, tell us, which facility to you think is better? If you need a refresher on our criteria, click here.

New School Region

(1) Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena vs. (5) Missouri's Mizzou Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena is the newest arena in the field and it cruised to an easy win in round one.Pinnacle Bank Arena is the newest arena in the field and it cruised to an easy win in round one.

Pinnacle Bank Arena
Opened: 2013
Capacity: 15,147
Construction Costs: $180 million
Special Features: 36 luxury suites, two private club lounges, high-definition video board, plus home crowds at the new arena helped Nebraska make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

In a showdown with SEC foe Auburn, Mizzou Arena won with roughly 80 percent of the votes.In a showdown with SEC foe Auburn, Mizzou Arena won with roughly 80 percent of the votes.

Mizzou Arena
Opened: 2004
Capacity: 15,061
Construction Costs: $75 million
Special Features: 26 luxury suites, club lounge, 24-hour practice gym, basketball-specific strength and conditioning areas

{module Sweet 16 New-School: 1 vs 5}

(3) Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena vs. (2) Louisville's KFC Yum! Center

Matthew Knight Arena eeked out a win against Creighton's CenturyLink Center in round one.Matthew Knight Arena eeked out a win against Creighton's CenturyLink Center in round one.

Matthew Knight Arena
Opened: 2011
Capacity: 12,364
Construction Costs: $227 million
Special Features: Largest hanging scoreboard in college sports and that unmistakable court design

 KFC Yum! Center was a contender for a no. 1 seed and won its first round matchup easily.KFC Yum! Center was a contender for a no. 1 seed and won its first round matchup easily.

KFC Yum! Center
Opened: 2010
Capacity: 22,090
Construction Costs: $238 million
Special Features: 72 luxury suites, two club lounges, a 8,760 square foot sports bar

{module Sweet 16 New-School: 2 vs 3}

Renovated Region

(1) UCLA's Pauley Pavilion vs. (4) Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena

Despite its massive renovation budget and no. 1 seed, Pauley Pavilion advanced to the second round by only a few dozen votes.Despite its massive renovation budget and no. 1 seed, Pauley Pavilion advanced to the second round by only a few dozen votes.

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.

Just like its men's and women's basketball teams, Tennessee's arena advances to the Sweet 16.Just like its men's and women's basketball teams, Tennessee's arena advances to the Sweet 16.

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

{module Sweet 16 Renovated: 1 vs 4}

(3) SMU's Moody Coliseum vs. (2) Michigan's Crisler Center

Thanks to a late surge from Mustang fans, Moody Coliseum upset The Pit in round one.Thanks to a late surge from Mustang fans, Moody Coliseum upset The Pit in round one.

Moody Coliseum
Opened: 1956
Cost: $2.5 million
Capacity: 7,000
Renovation Year: 2013
Special Features: Expanded lobby and concourse area, club seats, loge boxes, private and group suites, new team offices, locker rooms, meeting space and "Moody Magic," the home court advantage offered by the Mustang faithful.

Last year's Facility Madness winner will have its hands full with Moody and its eager fan base.Last year's Facility Madness winner will have its hands full with Moody and its eager fan base.

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.

{module Sweet 16 Renovated: 2 vs 6}

At-Large Region

(8) North Carolina's Dean Smith Center vs. (5) Wisconsin's Kohl Center

Perhaps underseeded, Dean Smith Center pulled the eight vs. one upset over the Carrier Dome.Perhaps underseeded, Dean Smith Center pulled the eight vs. one upset over the Carrier Dome.

Dean Smith Center
Opened: 1986
Construction Costs: $33.8 million
Capacity: 21,750
Special Features: In recent years the "Dean Dome" has stayed up to date adding new seats, renovated offices, locker rooms and weight training areas, a new lighting and sound system and ribbon boards.

The facility that sits just a mile from AB headquarters advanced to the Sweet 16 with ease.The facility that sits just a mile from AB headquarters advanced to the Sweet 16 with ease.

Kohl Center
Opened: 1998
Construction Costs: $76.4 million
Capacity: 17,230
Special Features: Opened the same year as Ohio State's arena, the Kohl Center features a basketball-specific training facility, luxury suites, three decks of seating and is also home to Badger hockey.

{module Sweet 16 At-Large 8 vs 5}

(6) Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena vs. (7) Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center

Bud Walton Arena needed a comeback to knock off Chaifetz Arena in round one.Bud Walton Arena needed a comeback to knock off Chaifetz Arena in round one.

Bud Walton Arena
Opened: 1993
Construction Costs: $30 million
Capacity: 19,368
Special Features: The arena is home to an Arkansas athletics museum, has 47 luxury suites, ribbon boards and an HD video scoreboard.

Seventh seeded Petersen Events Center won easily over Maryland's Comcast Center in round one.Seventh seeded Petersen Events Center won easily over Maryland's Comcast Center in round one.

Petersen Events Center
Opened: 2002
Construction Costs: $119 million
Capacity: 12,508
Special Features: The Petersen Events Center offers five courtside suites, six club suites, loge seating, an auxiliary basketball practice facility and athletic training facilities.

{module Sweet 16 At-Large 6 vs 7}


Old-School Region

(1) Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium vs. (4) Indiana's Assembly Hall

Predictably, Duke's Cameron Indoor handled Utah State's Smith Spectrum in the opening round.Predictably, Duke's Cameron Indoor handled Utah State's Smith Spectrum in the opening round.

Cameron Indoor Stadium
Opened: 1940
Capacity: 9,314
Construction Costs: $400,000
Special Features: New video scoreboard added in 2008, LED ribbon boards added in 2009, historic charm and those Cameron Crazies.

Indiana fans turned out in force and Assembly Hall advanced with more than 80% percent of the vote.Indiana fans turned out in force and Assembly Hall advanced with more than 80% percent of the vote.

Assembly Hall
Opened: 1971
Capacity: 17,472
Construction Costs: $26.6 million
Special Features: A new video board was added in 2005 and by next year, Assembly Hall would qualify for our "Renovated Region," as the facility is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation to update the concourse area.

{module Sweet 16 Old-School 1 vs 4}

(6) Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse vs. (7) The Palestra (Penn)

In the opening round's biggest blowout, Hinkle Fieldhouse crushed Rupp Arena by nearly 2,000 votes.In the opening round's biggest blowout, Hinkle Fieldhouse crushed Rupp Arena by nearly 2,000 votes.

Hinkle Fieldhouse
Opened: 1928
Capacity: 10,000
Construction Costs: $750,000
Special Features: Nothing says "old-school" like being a National Historic Landmark, which Hinkle is.

Many fans felt The Palestra was not seeded properly. It advanced anyway over Allen Fieldhouse.Many fans felt The Palestra was not seeded properly. It advanced anyway over Allen Fieldhouse.

The Palestra
Opened: 1927
Capacity: 8,722
Construction Costs: Unknown
Special Features: Sports Illustrated called it, "arguably the most important building in the history of college basketball," and said it "changed the entire history of the sport for which it was built." The Palestra has hosted more games than any other facility in college basketball.

{module Sweet 16 Old-School 6 vs 7}

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