Houston Ready for Big Hoops Regional

Reliant Stadium is nearly completely transformed now into a 43,000
seat basketball arena for the NCAA Men’s Basketball South Regional
Friday night.

Work crews removed tons of dirt from the rodeo and have
used huge curtains to block-off about 30,000 seats. Reliant Park
president and general manager Shea Guinn says there’s not a bad seat
in the house.

“Even if you’re in the loge level up there you’ve got these video boards.
It’s like sitting in your living room with the world’s largest flat-screen
television. We’ve walked the entire building now that we have this
floor-riser set-up and there’s not a bad seat in the house. It’s a great

Texas plays Stanford in the first game Friday night. Memphis and
Michigan State match-up in the second game. All four teams are
expected to practice at Reliant Stadium Thursday morning.
Guinn says this is Houston’s chance to make a good impression.

“It’s absolutely critical for us to make sure we hammer this home.
This is really Houston’s chance to shine with the NCAA with the
regional and Final Four coming back in 2010 and 2011. For us, our
goal has always been to set the bench mark for all the other cities
and all the other games and I think with what you see here, I think
we’re going to do that.”

This is the first time Houston has hosted an NCAA Men’s Basketball
Regional in more than 20 years.

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