Ranking Big Sky Basketball Arenas

The University of Idaho has a new stunning arena on campus. It is the campuses first basketball-specific facility in the University’s 132 year history. It was built with wood from the University’s experimental forest on Moscow Mountain and utilized only in-state timber and wood companies to complete its construction.

The final product is beautiful. But where does it rank in the Big Sky Conference? Hell, where does it rank out west? Former Athletic Director Rob Spear was convinced we were passed over for the Mountain West in 2013 was not football, but rather our lack of a basketball facility. Playing almost all of our non-conference games in a gym that is a memorial to the first world war and later moving into a football facility that tried to be an intimate basketball setting, and simply fell short more than it succeeded.

Did we just build something to get in the game? or did we build something special! To raise the bar! To be the envy of many!

Lets start by ranking all 11 basketball arenas in the Big Sky Conference.

11. Hornets Nest | Sacramento State

Built: 1955 Capacity: 1,012

10. Walkup Skydome | Northern Arizona

Built:1975 Renovated: 2011 Capacity: 16,230

T8. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse | Montana State

Built: 1957 Renovated 1998, 2013 Capacity:8,455

T8. Reed Gym | Idaho State

Built: 1951 Renovated: 2002,2010 Capacity:3,214

T6. Bank of Colorado Arena | Northern Colorado

Built 1974 Renovated 2006, 2011 Capacity: 2,992

T6. Reese Court | Eastern Washington

Built: 1975 Capacity: 6,000

5. America First Event Center | Southern Utah

Built: 1985 Capacity 5,300

4. Dee Event Center | Weber State

Built: 1975 Capacity: 11,592

3. Dahlberg Arena | Montana

Built: 1953 Renovated: 1999 Capacity: 7,321

2. Peter W. Stott Athletic Complex/Viking Pavilion | Portland State

Built:1966 Renovated:1984,2002,2012,2018 Capacity: 3,094

1. ICCU Arena | Idaho

Built: 2021 Capacity: 4,200

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1. ICCU Arena
2. Dahlberg Arena
3. Viking Pavilion
4. Dee Event Center
5. America First Event Center
6. Reese Court
7. Bank of Colorado Arena
8. Reed Gym
9. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10. Walkup Skydome
11. Hornets Nest
1. ICCU Arena
2. Viking Pavilion
3. Dee Event Center
4. Dahlberg Arena
5. Reese Court
6. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
7. America First Event Center
8. Reed Gym
9. Bank of Colorado Arena
10. Walkup Skydome
11. Hornets Nest

1. ICCU Arena
2. Viking Pavilion
3. Dee Event Center
4. Dahlberg Arena
5. America First Event Center
6. Bank of Colorado Arena
7. Reed Gym
8. Reese Court
9. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10. Walkup Skydome
11. Hornets Nest
1. ICCU Arena
2. Viking Pavillion
3. Dahlberg Arena
4. Dee Event Center
5. America First Event Center
6. Bank of Colorado Arena
7. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
8. Reed Gym
9. Reese Court
10. Walkup Skydome
11. Hornets Nest

Spicy 19-20 Root Sports Line Up for Idaho

All things considered, one of the best parts of “Moving Foward” to the Big Sky Conference is the opportunity to be featured on Seattle-based broadcaster Root Sports Northwest — We were featured three times last season: at Montana State, at Eastern Washington and vs. Montana. We get thee more this season, all of them against rivals, adding a little extra habanero Tabasco to the equation.

Idaho kicks off Root Sports Big Sky coverage September 21 at home in an out-of-conference match up of The Red Scare Rivalry (TM Tubs at the Club) game against Eastern.

The Vandals then wait nearly a month to be back on Root Sports. To play another rivalry on our schedule; The Idaho Central Credit Union Battle of the Domes on October 19 at home in the Kibbles & Bits Dome. Idaho will hope to reverse the score of last year’s unacceptable ASS-WHOOPING at the hands of the Bengals in the Minnie Dome. Idaho State only gets to play on Root Sports twice this year, once against us and once against Montana. Both on the road. Ouch.

We wrap up our Root Sports NW season of games in Missoula for The Battle of The Little Brown Stein on November 9. The Vandals have a bad record recently against the Griz, but this should be a fun one in Montana as it is our first time back to Missoula since 2003. And, if you happen to really hate the Grizzlies Well then pick a cable provider without Root. The Griz will lead the conference with six games on Root. The Big Sky really lets their favorites show in their picks for games with Montana, Idaho and Eastern leading the way in face of the conference.

That’s way it should be.

In case you have not caught on to the trend, all of these games will be revenge games. If you needed a reminder that last year was bad, we lost to every geographical rival (Montana, Montana Junior, University of Idaho Southern Branch & South Spokane Commuters Tech).

It’ll be easy to see us pay back the favor, thanks to Root.

2019 Root Appearances Per School

6 – Montana

3 – Idaho & Eastern Washington

2 – Idaho State & Montana State

1 – UC Davis, Northern Colorado, Weber State & Southern Utah

Ultimate losers w/ 0- Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Sac State, Portland State.

2019 ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Television Schedule

Sept. 21 — Eastern Washington at Idaho
Sept. 28 — Montana at UC Davis
Oct. 5 — Idaho State at Montana
Oct. 12 — Northern Colorado at Eastern Washington
Oct. 19 — Idaho State at Idaho
Oct. 26 — Eastern Washington at Montana
Nov. 2 — Southern Utah at Montana State
Nov. 9 — Idaho at Montana
Nov. 16 — Weber State at Montana
Nov. 23 — Montana at Montana State

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