The 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament picks up again tonight at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, home of the NFL’s Cowboys.
Opened in 2009, the stadium, dubbed “Jerry’s World” after enigmatic Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, is the largest domed sports facility in the world. For football games, it has a seated capacity of 80,000 (and another 20,000 in standing room).
The stadium doesn’t just host NFL and college football games, however. When you build a billion-dollar facility, it’s advisable to use it more than twenty-odd times a year.
For this evening’s pair of Sweet 16 March Madness games, Cowboys Stadium’s seats will be reconfigured to surround a regulation-sized basketball court, which is quite a bit smaller than a football field. This has an amusing effect, as you can see in the photo above. The court looks ridiculously tiny in such a big stadium. Heck, the video boards hanging from the rafters (which are legitimately humongous) dwarf that thing.
Despite its cavernous size and the expectation of a less-than-sellout crowd, Cowboys Stadium will surely be rocking tonight. March Madness crowds are some of the best in all of sports. Still, one can’t help but get the feeling that watching a sport typically played in a more intimate environment — Florida Gulf Coast University plays its home games in an arena with a capacity of 4,500 — in such a monstrous place won’t be ideal.