I’ve now been in Municipal Auditorium for over 160 games. This very well could be considered college basketball’s most historic arena. There have been more Final Fours here than any building in the country. The NAIA Tournament, America’s first college basketball National Championship, traces its roots here.
Coach John Wooden won his first title here. The epic triple OT Final Four game between Kansas (featuring Wilt Chamberlain) & North Carolina was here. The color barrier for collegiate basketball National Championships was broken here.
It’s fantastic, and the original wood is still down….but, of course, an updated wood court is placed overtop of the original floor for games today.
There’s more. Much, much more…..but suffice to say that Municipal Auditorium is something special. This history just drips from the walls…