Final Fours played in football stadiums tend to bring logistical issues, and sometimes those challenges affect the TV viewing experience.
San Antonio is no exception this year, except the problem this time seems be the result of an actively bad decision rather than an oversight.
For some reason, whoever is in charge of equipping the in-game buzzer at the Alamodome decided to make the buzzer that alerts shot-clock violations, substitutions and otherwise sound like a high-pitched car horn. Instead of, you know, the sound that a buzzer makes in almost every basketball stadium on the planet.
And it’s been driving people crazy, myself included. Like much of America, I watched both Final Four games on Saturday, and every time the buzzer sounded, I looked out of the window by my television to see who was honking on the street.
But it was nobody. It was just that aggravating sound coming out of my television for the 17th time. For radio listeners in their car, things were apparently and understandably worse as their radars for car horns kept getting pinged.
Twitter, as it often is, became a popular sounding board.
Listening to the first #FinalFour game on the radio in the car, took me about 20 minutes to figure out there wasn't a little car nearby constantly honking at me! What's up with the San Antonio horn system? #MarchMadness
— Tory Spanier (@ToryS_42) April 1, 2018
Whoever decided a car horn was the best buzzer to use for the final four needs to be gone
— samwell (@s_m_o_KING_) April 1, 2018
It was a bold move to replace the Final Four’s shot clock buzzer with a 1950’s car horn.
— David Swink (@David_Swink) April 1, 2018
— Wease Kennedy (@WeaseKennedy) April 1, 2018
As a Kansas fan, I’m not sure what is more frustrating—the Jayhawks getting killed or that car horn arena buzzer. #FinalFour
— Jared Beasley (@JaredBeasley) April 1, 2018
I thought a kid was playing with a car horn outside….was preparing to yell at the little jerk. Then I realized it's the game horn at the #FinalFour. Can someone in San Antonio yell at the facilities director and get this changed before Monday night?? #annoyed
— Kelli Saam (@kellisaam) April 1, 2018
— Ben Cerwinske (@BenCerwinske) April 1, 2018
This is just a small sampling of a smattering of social media complaints about that annoying sound coming from San Antonio. Hopefully somebody fixes it by Monday.
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