A new website worth talking about – Basketball Passport

How do you combine basketball and our generation’s obsession with social media technology?

Basketball passport – A site that is able to track every single NBA or NCAA Division 1 game you have ever been to, every arena you’ve been to, the records of the teams you’ve watched, and the best individual performances you have witnessed.

I have a hard time trying to remember all the basketball games that I have been to, but with this app, I am really getting mad at myself for not going to a Blazers game that one time I visited Portland, and with an app like this that is able to track a game I’ve been to and link it to the game’s boxscore, I have a lot more incentive to visit my friends at their schools and to watch basketball games. Like who knew that Long Beach State had a basketball arena that looks like a fucking pyramid!?

The Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State

Holy shit is the right word. Here is the current list of arenas that I have been inside.

NBA

  • Oracle Arena – Golden State Warriors
  • Toyota Center – Houston Rockets
  • Sleep Train Arena – Sacramento Kings

NCAA

  • Maples Pavilion – Stanford Cardinal
  • ARC Pavilion – UC Davis Aggies

Okay. The list sucks, but whatever. There are actually a few more arenas that I’ve been into/near but I’ve never watched basketball games there, or official basketball games. For reference, those arenas are:

NBA

  • United Center – Chicago Bulls
  • Madison Square Garden – New York Knicks
  • Rose Garden – Portland Trail Blazers

NCAA

  • Haas Pavilion – California Bears
  • Event Center – San Jose State Spartans
  • Leavey Center – Santa Clara Broncos
  • Pauley Pavilion – UCLA Bruins
  • Galen Center – USC Trojans
  • Hec Edmundson Pavilion – Washington Huskies

My plan is to leave some in-depth reviews at each arena I go to through the rest of this blog, because this blog is really just general material but more basketball centric.

I do plan on hitting as many basketball arenas I can, and make that part of my bucket list (which is a convenient feature on Basketball Passport). I think it is relatively realistic to hit all the ones in California, and I think anything west of Texas is still relatively drivable. It’d be unrealistic to hit these during the school year but over any long weekends this could be relatively fun. One of the problems with basketball though is that the season is pretty much during the school year, so if I go in the next two years it would have to be on weekends or something.

Anyway, destinations that I want to hit (and probably won’t), not including the places that I’ve kind of already hit.

California

NBA

  • Staples Center – Los Angeles Lakers & Clippers

NCAA

  • Robert Mott Gym – Cal Poly Mustangs
  • Rabobank Arena – Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
  • Titan Gymnasium – Cal State Fullerton Titans
  • Matadome – CSUN Matadors
  • Walter Pyramid – Long Beach State 49ers
  • Gersten Pavilion – Loyola Marymount Lions
  • A.C. Spanos Center – Pacific Tigers
  • Firestone Fieldhouse – Pepperdine Waves
  • Colberg Court – Sacramento State Hornets
  • Jenny Craig Pavilion – San Diego Toreros
  • Viejas Arena – San Diego State Aztecs
  • War Memorial Gymnasium – San Francisco Dons
  • McKeon Pavilion – St. Mary’s Gaels
  • Bren Events Center – UC Irvine Anteaters
  • UCR Rec Center – UCR Highlanders
  • Thunderdome – UCSB Gauchos
  • Anaheim Convention Center
  • Honda Center
  • SAP Pavilion

Nevada

NCAA

  • Thomas & Mack Center – UNLV Rebels
  • Lawlor Events Center – UNR Wolf Pack

Arizona

NBA

  • US Airways Center – Phoenix Suns

NCAA

  • McKale Center – Arizona Wildcats
  • Antelope Gymnasium – Grand Canyon Antelopes
  • Wells Fargo Arena – Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Walkup Skydome – NAU Lumberjacks

Oregon

NCAA

  • Matthew Knight Arena – Oregon Ducks
  • Gill Coliseum – Oregon State Beavers
  • Chiles Center – Portland Pilots
  • Stott Center – Portland State Vikings

Good luck trying to get all of these… Would definitely be fun later when I kind of have the means and I find the perfect group of people to do this quest with.

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