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Live NCAA tournament games are about as exciting as a visit to the dentists office. Somehow, playing in front of a quarter-full arenas and sports domes doesn't make for a fun in-person experience.
Wow ... wha ... really?!?!? I've gone to the tournament about 5 times between 1978 and 1998 and it was awesome every time. All arenas -- mostly Market Square Arena in Indy, and Cap Centre/Verizon Center in DC. Saw Michigan State blow out Notre Dame to go to the 1979 Final Four and saw BC upset a loaded Carolina team (*) in the second round (?) in 1994 and both games were spectacular atmospheres
Honestly, for the price of one Red Sox game for a family of four, I can go to several minor league games in Portland, ME or Manchester, NH, ad have enough money left over to get seasons packages for the NFL and MLB at home. It's a no-brainer - and for many other households, it's a no-brainer, as well.
The NCAA 3/4 round games I went to 10+ years ago was OK but mainly because it was in Charlotte and Kentucky was in so there was a big turnout of cheering fans. The problem was that both the Kentucky games were complete blowouts ... but I suppose the regional finals you can't switch to another game anyway.
Going to a 1st round NCAA game would seem to be a real waste. That day is all about lying on the couch for 12 hours and watching the ending to 3 games at once. I suppose these days with smartphones and such you can do that in the stadium.
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