March Madness: Do College Players Shoot Worse In Huge Football Arenas?
You might've heard of the "dome effect," which argues that basketball players don't shoot as well in giant stadiums. But is it really true?By Carter Woodiel | April 2, 2016
This year's Final Four will, once again, be played in a domed football stadium, and fans are worried that the cavernous environment could hurt teams' shooting. But the jury's still out on whether this notion holds any water.
The story usually goes like this: Shooters are supposedly influenced by the area behind the basket. If the backdrop's further away, like in a dome, it might be harder to size up exactly where the rim is, and harder to hit the shot.
The poster child for this theory is the 2011 national title game, held in the same stadium as this year's Final Four, NRG Stadium in Houston. That year, runner-up Butler shot an awful 18.8 percent from the field but still only lost by 12.