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What kind of date spot is Dayton for The Big Dance?

by John Helsley Published: March 16, 2009

Despite working in nearby Indianapolis for almost two years, I’ve never been to Dayton Arena. It seems I’ve been missing out. This is the eighth year in a row that Dayton Arena will be hosting the opening rounds of the Tournament, and it’s even hosting the play-in game, which says something interesting. That something interesting, it seems to me, is that people around Dayton will come to watch any/all basketball being played.
On Sunday evening, after it was announced that the Cowboys would play Tennessee in Dayton on Friday, Travis Ford went on and on about what a cool atmosphere it is, and he should know — he beat Dayton at Dayton twice while at UMass. The second time Dayton was ranked No. 18 and on a 13 game winning streak.
Arena aside, Dayton will be an awfully hard ticket to get ahold of mainly because of the proximity of the teams playing.’s Dana O’Neil called it  “The hottest place to be.”
“If you’re not real attached to your kidney, you might be able to score a ticket to the sub-regional in Dayton. Otherwise, good luck.
It could be the toughest ticket to find of all of the eight first-round cities.
Fans from Louisville, Pittsburgh and Ohio State (given, it must be noted, an awfully sweet site preference for an 8-seed in a year when the Buckeyes’ athletic director, Gene Smith, serves on the committee) will all converge on the University of Dayton Arena, none having to tax themselves for more than a four-hour drive.
An hour after the bracket was announced, upper-level seats already were going for $250 and up on”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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