This was the worst basketball venue I've ever been to. It's obvious this place was meant for football and basketball was an afterthought.
We were in the 2nd level, just above the lowest section, and in the 3rd row. I've never felt so far away from the court. It felt like watching a flea circus. Most non-football stadiums keep you relatively close to the action, and the further you are, the HIGHER you are. But cowboy stadium was built for football, which means the empty space filled in around a basketball court is wide, and far away. So even if you're in the 1st section, you could be sitting far away from the court, and not that much higher than the person in from of you, unlike at non-football arenas where the seat in front of you is like 3 feet below you.
The giant screen, while very impressive, is a crutch for your eyes. We had good seats, and yet I had to remind myself to watch the live game rather than the big screen just so I didn't feel like I was paying $75 to watch the game on a big TV. Management is aware of the problem and they are compensating for it by amplifying the sound of the shoes and the ball clanking off the rim, just like on TV or a WWE wrestling match.
The rest of the stadium is very modern, as you would expect, but nothing extraordinary.
Parking is OBSURDLY EXPENSIVE. It was $40 cash, or $35 online, or $30 online in advance. And this is just for NCAA basketball. For an NFL game, expect to pay at least double that. I read online that it can be over $200.
You can park for "free" if you park at Lincoln Square shopping center. They only require you to make purchase of $40 and place the receipt on your dash. Yes, it's the same price, but at least you get something for it. You can even just buy a gift certificate. Or even buy something, and return it later.
We were attending a 2-day event, so went to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, found something we needed anyway, bought a gift certificate for the first day, went back the second day, and used the gift certificate to actually buy what we needed. So we essentially parked for free. It's a 10 minute walk from the closest point to the entrance of the stadium. They also have a shuttle for $10, but it's really not that far.
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