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SBD/April 8, 2014/Events and Attractions
AT&T Stadium Final Four Capped By Record Attendance, But Accessibility An Issue
Published April 8, 2014
WHAT WE LEARNED: In Dallas, Ayala, Farwell, Mervosh, Ramirez & Young write under the header, "5 Things We Learned From Hosting The Final Four (Including Who Hates Us)." AT&T Stadium is "a palace, but getting there "is a hassle," as it "lacks easily accessible public transit." Fleets of buses "helped, but some users complained about breakdowns and the long rides" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/8). In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel wrote the attendance record "defeats any fan enjoyment every time." But the "far-away feeling" for fans watching basketball in a dome is a "major drawback to the ticket-buying consumer who may be on the fence." Fans in the "best seats find their eyes focusing more on the video board than the event." Engel: "AT&T Stadium will retain its relevance because of its size, and that TV set" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 4/7).
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: GRANTLAND's Bryan Curtis wrote, "Somehow it was decided ... that just about every big game would happen in Arlington." In the last five years, Arlington has hosted a Super Bowl, a Final Four, two World Series, an NBA All-Star Game, every Cowboys home game, two Manny Pacquiao fights, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, some big neutral site college football games and the Texas high school football state championships. The first CFP championship game also will be played there in '15 (GRANTLAND.com, 4/7).