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Final Four Superfan Says Arenas Are Getting Bigger And Players Are Getting Better

There’s one fan at tonight’s game who’s seen quite a few champions crowned. He’s been at every Final Four for the past 37 years.

College basketball fan Mark Majors has been collecting memorabilia since he attended his first Final Four in 1980.
College basketball fan Mark Majors has been collecting memorabilia since he attended his first Final Four in 1980.

On the train headed downtown from NRG Park we ran into Mark Majors of  Evansville, Indiana.

He attended his first Final Four in Indianapolis in 1980 and he’s been to every one since.  And to prove it, the 65-year-old Majors  has a hatful of pins and a jacket covered with commemorative patches.

Fan Mark Majors says he buys a lot of his Final Four patches on eBay.
Fan Mark Majors says he buys a lot of his Final Four patches on eBay.

To explain his passion, Majors says he’s “just a basketball nut and I just enjoy basketball.”

So how has the Final Four changed over the years?

Majors says for one, it’s gotten a lot more popular. “Big arenas,” says Majors. “Harder to get a ticket.”

And Majors says the quality of the players has also gotten a lot stronger.

“Back in the old days they were great,” explains Majors. “But they jump faster, they can shoot better.”

Majors says he’s not the only fan who’s a regular at the Final Four. He says he has friends from all over the country who he sees at the games every year.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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