ARLINGTON, Texas – In the highest row in the highest section of AT&T Stadium sit David Smith and Johnny Hepworth, two fans from Utah who decided any seat at the Final Four was better than no seat at all.
Smith and Hepworth are in the very last row of section 438, as far from the court as any spectator for the two national semifinal games kicking off the Final Four.
"The very top of the world," Smith said. "Hell and back."
This is dedication: With no dog in the fight – Smith roots for Brigham Young, Hepworth for the University of Utah – the pair braved the high altitude to witness the Final Four in person, even if the view leaves much to be desired.
Not a problem, Smith said.
"Whatever it takes," he said. "The experience is worth it. I've never been to a Final Four. This is a good time. You can't beat this. It's the atmosphere. The ambience."
While not prime seats, Smith can take solace in the fact he didn't have to break the bank: For $200, he purchased two seats to each of the three games – both of Saturday night's national semifinals and Monday's national championship.
"It was practically free for three games, even if you are here," Smith said.
Smith and Hepworth opted not to take advantage of one amenity at AT&T Stadium: Vendors are renting binoculars on the main concourse level by gate 10, outside the area for the media elevator. This is a football stadium, after all.