MINNEAPOLIS For the lucky or perhaps unlucky fan who sits in Section 103, row 29, seat 1 at Williams Arena, the view is a bit obstructed.
From the vantage point of that bleacher seat, only half of the Golden Gophers' basketball court is visible. A staircase blocks the right side of the floor, meaning only the hoop on the far end of the court can be seen.
This isn't the only seat with an obstructed view at the 84-year-old home of the University of Minnesota's basketball teams. It's one of the many quirks of what Gophers fans affectionately call "The Barn." The court is raised several feet off the ground, with a dangerous tumble always a possibility for players.
And there are apparently animals besides Gophers living there. Minnesota senior Ralph Sampson III said players have seen bats and bird flying and mice scurrying through Williams Arena.
"I guess that's why they call it the Barn," Sampson said.
Williams Arena is the oldest facility in the Big Ten by a pretty wide margin....