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Encyclopedia > Kibbie Dome
Kibbie ASUI Activity Center
Kibbie Dome, Cowan Spectrum (basketball)
Location S Rayburn St
Moscow, ID 83844
Broke ground 1969
Opened 1975
Owner University of Idaho
Operator University of Idaho
Surface Astroturf
University of Idaho Vandals
(Football, basketball, tennis, indoor track & field)
16,000 (football)
7,000 (basketball)

The Kibbie ASUI Activity Center, more commonly known as the Kibbie Dome, is an enclosed structure with a barrel-arched roof at the University of Idaho in Moscow, the home of the Idaho Vandals. Completed in 1975, it is used for competition in four intercollegiate sports: football, basketball, tennis, and indoor track & field. Beginning in 2001, the Kibbie Dome has been referred to as the Cowan Spectrum for basketball games. The elevation of the playing field is at 2620 feet (798 m) above sea level. The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County. ... Moscow (pronounced Moss-co) is the county seat of Latah CountyGR6 in northern Idaho, along the Washington/Idaho border. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... A womens 400 metre hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ...



The stadium was built in stages and took several years to complete. Construction started soon after a fire destroyed the condemned wooden Neale Stadium in late November 1969, the Vandal football team's former home on which the Kibbie Dome now stands. The new concrete grandstands and press box were ready for use in the fall of 1971, astroturf was installed in 1972. The arched roof and end walls were completed in 1975. The stadium was named that year for William H. Kibbie, a construction executive from Salt Lake City and the primary benefactor of the project; he contributed $300,000 to initiate the funding drive. Bill Kibbie (1918-88), originally of Bellevue, Idaho, was a UI student for only a few weeks in 1936 before he had to leave the university, due to family hardship. "ASUI" is the acronym for the Associated Students of the University of Idaho. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Salt Lake City redirects here. ... Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bellevue is a city located in Blaine County, Idaho. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

When the university announced it would enclose its football stadium, the fledgling Trus Joist Company of Boise bid on and got the project. While steel and aluminum were the products of the day for domes and large unsupported buildings, Trus Joist saw the UI stadium as a chance to demonstrate the strength, durability, and economy of their engineered wood products. From the final design to the end of construction, the enclosure project took just 10 months and $1 million to complete. In 1976, the Kibbie Dome roof won the “Structural Engineering Achievement Award” from the American Society of Civil Engineers. For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... Aluminum is a soft and lightweight metal with a dull silvery appearance, due to a thin layer of oxidation that forms quickly when it is exposed to air. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional body, founded in 1852, to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. ...

The roof spans 400 feet (122 m) from sideline-to- sideline, and its maximum height is 150 feet (45 m) above the field level. (Holt Arena, on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, has an opposite geometry: its arched roof spans the length of the football field, rather than its width, resulting in a very low roof at the end lines and goal posts.) Holt Arena is located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. ... Idaho State University is a university located in the southeastern Idaho of city of Pocatello (pop. ... Historic downtown Pocatello Pocatello is a city located in Bannock County, with a small portion in neighboring Power County, in southeastern Idaho. ...

Soon after completion, problems arose with the roof's exterior. The 4.5 acre (1.8 hectare) outer surface was applied as a sprayed foam, and was found to be unsuitable for the annual temperature range of northern Idaho. The significant expansion and contraction caused fractures; leaks were occurring and wood rot was a potential problem by 1980. After an extended period of finger-pointing and threatened legal action, an out-of-court settlement was reached. A new superstructure with a composite roof was built over the original. Completed in the early 1980s, it solved the problem. The Idaho Panhandle is the northern region of the US State Idaho which encompasses the ten northernmost counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ...


The Kibbie Dome officially seats just 16,000 for football, making it the smallest venue in Division I-A (although a record crowd of 17,600 was recorded for a game with Boise State in November 1989). The football field runs east-west, with the press box on the south side. Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho. ... See also: 1988 in sports, other events of 1989, 1990 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi Formula One Championship - Alain...

When Dennis Erickson returned as head football coach in 2006, there has been talk of adding a second deck to the stadium to increase the football seating to 25,000, and building a new basketball arena. With Erickson's departure for Arizona State University, it is not sure if these plans will go forward. Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is a football coach. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public institution of higher education and research with several campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ...

When not used for football, the astroturf field can be rolled up in about an hour, revealing 93,000 square feet (2.13 acres, 0.86 hectares) of polyurethane tartan surface which is used for indoor track and field and tennis. The five-lane track is 290 meters (317 yds) in length, and there are 9 tennis courts. Basketball and volleyball courts are also lined on the tartan. Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


The stadium has also served as the home of the Vandal basketball teams, providing increased seating capacity over the venerable Memorial Gym (built in 1928), a block east. The basketball court is positioned at midfield on the south sideline, in front of the press box and the south grandstand. The main court was originally smooth tartan rubber, poured directly onto the concrete floor, resulting in very hard and unforgiving surface. It was replaced with a conventional hardwood floor in the mid 1980s, placed over the top of the old floor, assembled from small sections. During basketball games, the Kibbie Dome is now referred to as the Cowan Spectrum, named for Bob and Jan Cowan, who financed the current layout. Since February 2001, the basketball configuration has consisted of the central section of the south stands, and temporary seating on the north, east, and west sides, separated from the rest of the stadium by black curtains to give the court a more intimate "stadium-within-a-stadium" feel, with a reduced seating capacity of 7000. Temporary Daktronics scoreboards are placed over the north and south stands during games. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into University of Idaho. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... This article is about the year 2001. ...

During the early 1980s, with Don Monson as head coach (father of UI alum and former Minnesota head basketball coach Dan Monson), the Kibbie Dome was considered one of the 20 toughest home courts in college basketball by Sports Illustrated, often exceeding over 12,000 in attendance. The venue hosted three Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournaments (by winning the regular season title), in 1981, 1982, and 1993. (The Vandals departed the Big Sky for the Big West Conference in 1996, then moved to the WAC in 2005.) The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... // The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ... Dan Monson (born October 6, 1961 in Spokane, Washington) is the current mens basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. ... A college basketball game between the United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) and Colorado State University. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... The Big Sky Conference (or BSC) is an intercollegiate college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I, with football competing at the Division I-AA level. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Big Sky Conference (or BSC) is an intercollegiate college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I, with football competing at the Division I-AA level. ... The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... It has been suggested that Western Athletic Conference Mens Basketball Tournament be merged into this article or section. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Kibbie Dome has undergone a couple of significant additions. In August 1982, just seven years after the building was completed, the East End Addition was completed, providing the entire athletic department with locker rooms, offices, a weight room, athletic training facility, and equipment room. In 2004 the facilities were again enhanced with the addition of the 8000 square foot Vandal Athletic Center, home to the Norm and Becky Iverson Speed and Strength Center; the renovation of the men’s and women’s basketball, football, and volleyball locker rooms, and the addition of a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool (ARC).

Adjacent Practice Fields

August 2005 saw the completion of the SprinTurf installation on the former grass practice field east of the Kibbie Dome. The days of "off-limits" are gone, as UI students now have state-of-the-art playing fields available for year-round use. The $1.2 million SprinTurf project included lighting and fencing. A field that previously had just 300 usable hours annually as an "intercollegiate athletics only" field is now available for up to 2000 hours per year. The project was funded through the Kibbie Dome turf replacement fund. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The wide plain of FieldTurf used at Torontos Rogers Centre was installed after the 2004 baseball season. ...

The two 75-yard fields are adequate for team practice for football (and soccer) as well as for intramural competition, but short enough to have two fields in the space available. Each field is a full half-field (with end zone & goal post) plus an additional 15 yards beyond the 50-yard line. An unmarked 10 yard median separates the two fields; the total length, with end zones, is 160 yards. The fields run north-south. The former grass fields were lined as a regulation football field running north-south, with a half field at the north end running east-west. An added benefit of the synthetic surface is an estimated $50,000 annual savings in field maintenance.

Nearby facilities

On the west side of the Kibbie Dome is the Dan O'Brien outdoor track & field stadium. To the south is the university's 18-hole golf course. To the east is the Memorial Gymnasium, the swim center, the physical education building, and six outdoor tennis courts. Daniel Dion (Dan) OBrien (born July 18, 1966 in Portland, Oregon) is an American decathlete. ... This article is about the sport of golf. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
University of Idaho Athletics - Kibbie Dome (454 words)
The Kibbie Dome, named to honor the late William H. Kibbie, has been the home of Vandal athletics since 1975 with the completion of the barrel-arch-roof, an engineering feat that, at the time, earned the structure the award for America’s Outstanding Structural Engineering Achievement of 1976.
The Kibbie Dome has had another enhancement with the addition of the Norm and Becky Iverson Speed and Strength Center, a hydrotherapy pool, and new locker rooms for football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.
The surface inside the Kibbie Dome for football is a portable $1.4 million Astroturf “Magic Carpet” system which rolls the turf in and out from the west side of the Kibbie Dome floor.
Kibbie Activity Center (445 words)
The Kibbie is located on the western edge of campus across the street from the University Library and the Memorial Gym/Swim Center complex.
The Kibbie is bordered on the north by the School of Law and by the UI Golf Course on the south.
Kibbie Center has a floor area of 93,550 sq ft. The height of the Dome ceiling from the floor is 150ft (14 story building).
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