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NCAA Tournament Host Cities Happy With '12 Results, Look Toward Future Bids
Published March 20, 2012
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: In Atlanta, Tim Tucker reports Atlanta is hosting the South regional semifinals and final this weekend because the NCAA "typically places a region's semifinals/final in a venue one year before it hosts the Final Four, although the setup of the two events is quite different." The court this week "has been installed on one end of the Georgia Dome, and about half of the 72,000-seat stadium will be curtained off from view," nearly the same as the venue’s setup for the '11 SEC tournament. However, the court for next year's Final Four "will be installed in the center of the stadium, and all seats will be used." The NCAA initially "put about 22,500 lower- and middle-level seats on sale for this week's games." Once those seats sold out, upper-level seats "were added to the available inventory on Sunday, increasing capacity by another 10,000-plus." Georgia Tech Senior Associate AD Paul Griffin said that a "significant difference between the two events, in addition to the size of the crowd, is that the Final Four is accompanied by many external activities while the regional is mostly an in-venue happening" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/20).