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Thursday, March 22, 2021

As the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional in men’s basketball commences tonight, some are less than impressed by the digs:

While robot vendors or eye-scan security might be a bit too James Bond, a cool laser show or MP3 downloading stations seem appropriate. How about touch-screen panels on the seat in front of you to order nachos?

“Honestly, I was expecting something more like that,” Kansas guard Rodrick Stewart said before his team’s practice Wednesday. “I thought this place would be all high-tech and computerized.”

Nope. When the [Kansas] Jayhawks play Southern Illinois tonight, the game will take place in a building that is futuristic in name only.

The floor is bordered in black, the same color as many of the plain seats. The amenities are pleasant, but this is a Windows 95 arena serving a city with the highest concentration of high-tech workers in the country.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across critiques over the shortcomings of San Jose’s HP Pavilion, AKA the Shark Tank. Years ago, when the arena that would become St. Pete Times Forum was being mapped out, Tampa Bay Lightning founder Phil Esposito was stressing how state-of-the-art the facility would be. Espo tossed off a comment about how the then-new San Jose arena was built without television camera sightlines being a consideration, and how the building suffered from that. I’m not sure how valid that complaint was/is; I haven’t heard anything since then about any special challenges in televising hockey or hoops games from HPP.

And on a closing note: I happen to be typing this post on, yes, an HP Pavilion notebook computer. It is my home computer, and I’ve had it for close to a year and a half now. Given that aging, it’s no longer even close to average in the computing world; but it’s good enough for me (for now).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/22/2007 07:06:52 PM
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