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Final Four Preview: AT&T Stadium

Published Mar 13, 2014 / by Steve Calhoun

AT&T Stadium set a world record for basketball attendance when they opened the doors to more than 108,000 for the 2010 NBA All Star game, and some experts are predicting that record could fall at the hands of this years Final Four in Arlington. Seating options are not only plentiful but also pricey, making it more important than ever to know where to find the best seats.

Time Lapse Video of AT&T Stadium Transitioning to Basketball for the 2010 NBA All Star Game

AT&T Stadium Seating Overview

Jerry World was built for watching football, not basketball which features a playing surface that is less than 10% of the size of an NFL field. Fans should expect the massive videoboard to be their best friend if sitting on the upper levels (300 & 400 level sections), while dramatic changes in the 100 level sections give an entirely new feel to the seats along the sidelines and behind the baskets.

Lower Levels Extended

To accommodate more fans in the 100 level sections and provide seating closer to the court, the majority of the regular seating is removed and later reconstructed on top of a new riser structure which descends down to the field level at a shallower angle. This allows space for more seats to be put in, but also creates less height between seating rows and increases the chance that your view could be obstructed by taller fans in front.

Lower level sections along the sidelines (C107-C114 and C132-C139) are comprised entirely of riser seating with single lettered rows at the front and double lettered rows near the back. Behind the baskets, risers extend sections 121-125 and 146-150 with lettered seating rows at the front, while the regular stadium seats are maintained in the numbered rows near the back.

Riser extended seating highlighted in blue, while the long walks and unique walkway are shown in green.

Entry Tunnels

With no entry tunnels at the top of sections C108 through C113 and the risers covering the normal entryways, getting to and from these seats requires an interesting journey. A temporary walkway is installed just behind Row S which fans will use to access a modified entry tunnel located at Section C110.

On the other side of the floor, sections C133-C138 maintain their normal entry tunnels at the top of the sections, but with as many as 44 rows in the center court sections, it leaves a long walk through the crowd for fans in the front rows.

Sections Removed

The addition of the riser seating leaves the lower level corner sections with obstructed views, and are not available for seating at the NCAA Final Four games (sections 102-103, 118-119, 127-129, 142-144, C106, C115).

Best Seats In the House

Section C111 (UNC vs. Texas - 2009)

Hall of Fame Sideline: Sections C110, C111

  • Closest seating options to the floor
  • Located behind the player benches
  • Temporary entry tunnel in section C110 creates shorter walks through the crowd

Premium Sideline Seating at Midcourt

Main Level Club Sideline: Sections C208-C212 and C233-C237

  • Located at center court for great views of both sides of the floor
  • Good viewing height to the floor level from the second seating tier
  • Wider, padded seats with more legroom as these seats are normally home to club seating

Worst Seats for the Final Four

Far corner views in the 400 level

Upper Level Corner: Sections 401, 424, 431, 454

  • Furthest seating options from the floor
  • Views originate from behind the basket for a less desirable perspective
  • Do not have a head on sight line to the larger sideline facing videoboards

We'll be sharing more on the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four in the coming days, so be sure to check back in for updates. And while you're here, we invite you to share your thoughts on the best and worst seats at any venue by posting your in-seat photos or sharing your seat reviews!