Sunday, March 17, 2013

Should some state finals move out of Raleigh/Durham?

Not an original thought from me, but I really wish the NCHSAA would explore using Charlotte or Winston or even Greensboro as a state finals site for multiple sports.

Always having big team sport state championships in the Raleigh/Durham area too often creates home field advantages for the eastern representative.

It’s a heckuva lot easier, for example, for Chapel Hill fans to drive to N.C. State to watch Harding-Chapel Hill girls in the 3A final, than Rams fans from Charlotte.

Ditto for 4A boys, when it seemed like Raleigh Broughton’s entire student body came down for the 4A final with Olympic, whose fans had a much longer commute.

I just can't help but think Charlotte's 9,000-seat Halton Arena would make a great rotation venue for the state finals in basketball.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/17/3921431/an-emotional-journey-for-olympics.html#storylink=cpy

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't fix what's not broken. The state championship should be left in Raleigh.

Anonymous said...

You are right. Every year at least four or five of the teams in the finals are from the Triangle area and it is like a home game. Why not rotate it to Wake Forest or UNCC?

Anonymous said...

The WC v New Hanover title game last year had a great atmosphere in Reynolds! Love that setting. Would like to see Carmichael in the mix along with Halton Arena, although Charlotte and Winston Salem are probably more suitable for the western regional.

Greensboro is the perfect geographical spot for the finals. The Annex at the Greensboro Coliseum is a terrible basketball facility! Like the Dean Dome, the Coliseum is too big. btango

Anonymous said...

Yes, rotate it between RDU, Charlotte and Greensboro. Each spot will have the finals every three years. This should pertain to all athletic championships!

Anonymous said...

I've watched Olympic play games at home and still not have fans show up, so don't blame the games being in Chapel Hill for not having as many as Broughton there.

I would like to see some western regional games in Charlotte though.

Greensboro would be nice for title games (it is in the east-west center), but it is usually being used by the ACC or NCAA during these weekends. If they could close off the top deck like they do during the women's ACC tournament, then the Gbo Coliseum would be alright.

Anonymous said...

You are right about not a lot showing up for Olympic home games. Most of the student population there didn't know the players since half of the top 6 transferred in their senior year. No bond developed between them and the student population. You are right about not a lot showing up for Olympic home games. Most of the student population there didn't know the players since half of the top 6 transferred in their senior year. No bond developed between them and the student population.

Anonymous said...

I guess folks on here do not really know Olympic either. Games were packed every night. Some of the games folks left early if it was a blowout but the bigger games were not only sold out but many were turned away! The staff and students do the best that they can with a facility that was originally built in 1967. Only seats 400 max so not a big place. Neutral sites are cool but rarely is the neutral willing to give up revenue to HS sports. Guarantee that bonding goes up now! Olympic is a good community of schools. Made up of different schools so naturally the students do not know everyone well as they do not attend the same schools within the school but they have spirit and support athletics.