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    Wells Fargo Arena

    I'm heading down to Des Moines to catch some high school basketball this afternoon. I love high school sports and find anything at the state level to be very entertaining.

    However, I just do not like Wells Fargo for high school basketball. The venue is very nice, top of the line, state of the art, I get that. I just feel it doesn't produce a great atmosphere for high school basketball. The main reason for this is it is just so huge, and the seating is so far away from the court.

    Does anyone else have the same opinion on this as I do? Or am I just crazy?



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I think you're crazy. I was at the 2A championship game and thought it was pretty awesome for that. I wish I was closer so I could go see the 3A and 4A championships because I bet it will get pretty loud in there.


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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    The atmosphere is lacking. Vets was a much better venue for the high school state tournaments. But, the kids get to experience playing in a modern arena with the same feel and style of a pro arena. Vets has been gutted and the Well is here to stay, so it doesn't really matter what is/was best.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I played at state as a freshman at Vets and again as a sophomore in the first year at wells fargo.... As a player I enjoyed Wells Fargo much more even tho the fans werent as close to the court


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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I like WF but I do get what you are saying. It is cavernous for high school basketball and it takes away some of the intimacy.

    I'll be hanging out there tomorrow.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    It was originally built to house a hockey team, with basketball as a second option, so that is why the seating is so far away from the court. IMHO the atmosphere has to do with the fans, if they aren't into the game, then there won't be much atmosphere.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I thought it was a great venue for the ISU/Creighton game. Not sure if it would have the same energy with a lot less fans.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I played HS football in Minneapolis, try playing the state championship in the Metrodome. Even with 20,000 fans, it's really quiet.


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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    The venue is very nice, top of the line, state of the art, I get that.
    I'm not a big fan. To me, it's not that state-of-the-art, and it's not that 'top of the line.'

    Looks and feels like it was done on the cheap, IMO.


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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    It's no Drake Stadium (by FAR the best environment for state sanctioned events in this state), but it's a great venue for everyone involved. The athletes get to go to a facility that's state of the art and will be the best place most ever have a chance the play. The spectators have comfort on their side with the seating. They curtain off the upper levels to make it feel a little smaller. The concessions for the most part are good enough to keep up with the demand. There is plenty of space for one game to be going on and the fans of another school to move over as soon as that game is done. Each team gets their own locker room. Video board and stats are easy for all to see.

    Drawback is the crowds are obviously moved back.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    It's no Drake Stadium (by FAR the best environment for state sanctioned events in this state), but it's a great venue for everyone involved. The athletes get to go to a facility that's state of the art and will be the best place most ever have a chance the play. The spectators have comfort on their side with the seating. They curtain off the upper levels to make it feel a little smaller. The concessions for the most part are good enough to keep up with the demand. There is plenty of space for one game to be going on and the fans of another school to move over as soon as that game is done. Each team gets their own locker room. Video board and stats are easy for all to see.

    Drawback is the crowds are obviously moved back.
    This is pretty much my thoughts too. It's obviously a huge asset and logistics are a lot better for everything but the feel and intimacy at Vets was second to none.

    I will be heading down if LM makes it to the finals. Wish I could make it earlier but classes and tests won't allow that this year.



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    Re: Wells Fargo Arena

    I also preferred Vets. Lots of great memories there as a fan!



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