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THE BATTLEGROUNDS
December 09, 1957
Basketball's boom has triggered a chain reaction of new multimillion-dollar arenas equipped to handle great crowds in a setting of colorful, geometric beauty
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December 09, 1957

The Battlegrounds

Basketball's boom has triggered a chain reaction of new multimillion-dollar arenas equipped to handle great crowds in a setting of colorful, geometric beauty

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The demands of a basketball-hungry audience and the marvels of modern architecture have combined to produce in recent years some of the biggest and gaudiest structures ever built as backdrops for indoor athletic events. Typical of these are the three stadiums on the following pages, each completed within the past three years and ranking among the 10 largest campus arenas in the country. A far cry from the drab, crowded old gymnasiums which were their predecessors, they are not just big and beautiful, however; each incorporates a great deal in the way of utilitarian good sense. No longer do posts obscure the view, for there are no posts; roofs hang mysteriously suspended by sweeping arches a hundred feet up. Numerous aisles afford easy access to seats (you can even walk down into Maryland's amphitheater, which was scooped out of the ground). And the seats in turn are not only comfortable, they offer a real closeup of the action as they hug the court, action spotlighted by 120,000 watts or more mirroring themselves in the gleaming maple floors. The basketball fan, who made all this possible, has really earned a bonus for himself now.

Almost 14,000 Ohio Staters can watch their Buckeyes play in double-decked St. John Arena and no one has to worry about finding himself in a bad seat. Most distant point from center circle is only 155 feet.

Colorful and fitting showcase for the towering Wilt Chamberlain is the University of Kansas' 17,000-seat Allen Field House in Lawrence

Chief feature of Maryland's $3,250,000 Student Activities Building is its 16,000-capacity auditorium

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