Munn's Musings | March 18, 2014
Editor’s Note: Vice President of Fan Experience Jeff Munneke is a beloved member of the Timberwolves family, and as an employee of the team since the inaugural 1989-90 season, he has a lot of on and off the court knowledge about the team. That ranges from top halftime acts and coolest players all the way to season ticket eating venues and most memorable games. Each week during the 2013-14, Munn’s going to share that knowledge with us through top-5 or top-10 lists in this “Munn’s Musings” blog.
This week, I counted down the best old-school college basketball buildings I have had the pleasure of being in. Hope you enjoy!
5. Northern St (Aberdeen/Civic arena) - I got to play in or against what I believe was the best D2 college basketball atmosphere in the country. 3,500 people RIGHT on top of the action that included a very large Santa and 12 beverage filled elves, a number of sightly co-eds that would jump up out of the seats on the baseline in trench coats and bikini's while all the other students crouched down during free throws, a tile floor and yellow lighting make NSU the toughest D2 stop in the country.
4. Hilton Coliseum (Iowa State) - Recent addition to the list with former Twolves player and GM Fred Hoiberg taking the reins. Incredible student sections on both ends of the floor, low ceiling and fans that anytime the Cyclones get down by a point or two are on their feet cheering and encouraging vs. complaining and sitting.
3. Williams Arena (Gophers) - Where I first got introduced to big time basketball watching Flip Saunders, Mychal Thompson and Ray Williams take on the 32-0 1976 Indiana national champs. At the time Williams sat 20,000 bench style and the noise being generated was ear splitting. Walking up the stairs from the basement and running through the big wooden Gopher was imitated by my friends and I with sheets and cardboard.
2. Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke) - Could not believe how small it is. At times tough to stay focused on the game while watching what the Cameron Crazies are doing. Saw JJ Redick go for 40 and 11 3's. It is an absolute must for any basketball fan before Coach K retires. The Crazies and bldg are flat out intimidating and have to be good for 5-10 points on any game. There is never a moment where the Crazies are not doing a chant, cheer, jeer.
1. Allen Fieldhouse(Kansas) - Traditions abound everywhere with Rock Chalk. Goosebumps over the Rock Chalk chant to the opening montage on the scoreboard to watching Bill Self walk in and blow into his hand ritual that everyone imitates.