I’m an ACC lifer, and with Maryland heading to the B1G, I wanted to see some of the conference’s more famous gyms before the ride ends. In the span of one week, I got to take in three basketball games along Tobacco Road.
On January 19 I saw Maryland lose to North Carolina in the Dean Dome. Then last Saturday I watched the Terps lose again, this time to Duke in Cameron. The nightcap was Carolina against NC State at the PNC Arena.
On none of these trips was I working, just a basketball fan with a Maryland lean. Below are my thoughts.
Once inside the arena, the Dean Dome is the most impressive aesthetic venue of the three. Everything is Carolina blue, and rather than it being nauseating, it’s slightly magical. The walls, the chairs, the court, most of the fans. I know I sound like Jim Nantz talking about Augusta, but the inside of the Dean Dome is really damn cool.
The hanging banners offer names like Jordan and Worthy, and the video screens show sick highlights of the army ...