What a journey we’ve been on? What started back in sleepy Dayton, Ohio has taken us to the historic KeyArena in the great Pacific Northwest to the Jacksonville War Memorial Coliseum in Florida and finishes back in the Midwest in Indianapolis, fittingly home to the NCAA.

Sixteen teams are left in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and these four venues play host as the field is narrowed to four. Two 20,000-seat pro arenas – one Midwest-honest, the other LA-glitz and glamour, and two oversized football stadiums – one University-owned and regularly converted to basketball and the other a big ol’ Southern football mansion, definitely not suited for basketball. This is the big time, with lots of fans, media and businesses wanting in, so sometimes the buildings are oversized and not quite right. The games, however, are set to impress.

The 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First Round other half continues with an eclectic group of arenas designed by four architects, none of which are industry giant Populous. However, it’s Seattle’s KeyArena, designed for the 1962 World’s Fair, which really gets us excited.

The 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First Round officially begins today in four arenas: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL), Consol Engery Center (Pittsburgh, PA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY) and the Moda Center (Portland, OR).

For the past 88 years the red brick Palestra has been at the heart of Philadelphia’s pulsating sports scene.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has voted 10-2 in favor of closing the Izod Center, the 34-year-old arena in East Rutherford, NJ. Not shocking news, but it stings as it was here, more than any other venue, that my ideas and passions for sport and stadia took hold.

While 2014 will be a banner year for international sport, with the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and Winter Olympics in Russia, 2013 is an exciting year for stadiums with the opening of the main venues for the World Cup and Olympics as well as the Gulf Cup of Nations