Below is our exclusive ranking of the toughest places to play hoops in the SEC, brought to you by a group of hotels that plays home to visiting teams at three stops along the annual SEC road trip.
Visiting Columbia to watch your team take on Mizzou? There’s a Holiday Inn hotel in Columbia for that.
Heading to good old Rocky Top? There’s a Crowne Plaza hotel in Knoxville for that trip, too.
“Geaux”-ing to Baton Rouge? Well whaddaya know, there’s a Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge hotel and a Holiday Inn hotel in Baton Rouge, too.
Let us know in the comments if you agree/disagree with our ranking of the toughest venues in the SEC, and why.
1. Rupp Arena – Kentucky
The country’s largest arena designed specifically for basketball is easily the toughest place to play on the road in the SEC. And why not? UK has a win percentage of about .888 since beginning play there in 1976, so the Wildcats pretty much never lose on their home court. Also, the arena is almost always packed – Rupp Arena annually leads Division I men’s basketball in attendance, so road teams have that going against them as well.
It’s large. It’s loud. It’s legendary. And when it comes to playing hoops on the road in the SEC, there’s no tougher place to play than Rupp Arena.
To see which stadium ranks no. 2, plus check out the remaining 13 arenas on our list, Read the rest of this entry »