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Officially known as the Events Center, the Thunderdome is the on-campus arena for the University of California, Santa Barbara. Along with Harder Stadium, it is one of the most patronized venues on the UCSB campus. The Thunderdome is the home to the Gauchos men's and women's basketball teams, the men's and women's volleyball teams, the school cheerleaders, the Gaucho Locos, and the dance team. The facility has also hosted concerts, boxing matches, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the first and second round games of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. It has a capacity of 6,000 people. ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Harder Stadium is the on-campus soccer, rugby, and lacrosse stadium of the University of California, Santa Barbara. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... Cheerleading is recreational activity and sometimes competitive sport involving organised routines including elements of dance and gymnastics to encourage crowds to cheer on sports teams. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called Western Boxing, prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science (a common nickname among fans), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their... The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ...



When it opened in 1979, the building was known as the Campus Events Center; eventually, the name was unofficially shortened to "The ECen". Because of the ridged siding on the outside of the building, it was also derisively called the "corrugated fortress" by some students. At first, crowds were small, but with the hiring of Jerry Pimm in 1983, the Gauchos men's basketball program began to experience greater success. As the size of crowds began to increase (often exceeding the stated capacity of 6,000), the environment became increasingly loud and hostile, creating significant problems for opposing teams. After UCSB (led by future Laker Brian Shaw) upset Jim Valvano's North Carolina State team by double digits in 1987 before a sellout crowd, the raucous atmosphere had transformed The ECen into "The Thunderdome". Nobody knows for sure who coined the nickname, but many believe it came from Valvano himself, when he said in a postgame interview that "it was louder than thunder in there tonight." A unique aspect of the Thunderdome is that there is no press table along the sideline in front of the student section. Thus, there is nothing between the front row of seats and the basketball court itself; this can create a very intimidating atmosphere as the students are almost part of the game. This page refers to the year 1979. ... Jerry Pimm is a mens basketball coach most notably for coaching at the University of Utah from 1974-1983 and University of California, Santa Barbara from 1983-1998. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The Gauchos Locos were formed in 1998 to provide support to the men's basketball program, after significant attendance declines in the early 1990s. Average attendance for men's basketball home games was 1,354 for the 04-05 season.

The Thunderdome has also seen big crowds for other sports. In 2002, 2,794 fans attended a women's volleyball match between UCSB and the USC Trojans. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ...

The Tortilla Technical

Somehow in the early 1990s, it became traditional for the students to toss tortillas onto the court like frisbees after the first UCSB basket of the game. The team would then be assessed a technical foul for delay of game while the tortillas were cleaned up; this became infamously known as the "tortilla technical." Despite continued pleading from the players and coaches to stop, the students continued the behavior. Once at a game televised by ESPN, tortilla fragments got into one of ESPN's videocameras, and the school had to purchase a new one for the network. Finally the school established a policy of searching students for tortillas as they entered the arena; eventually the novelty wore off and the tortillas have stopped flying. Traditional tortilla making. ... ESPN (formerly an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... A video camera can be classified two ways: Professional video cameras, such as those used in television production Camcorders used by amateurs This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Quotes about the Thunderdome

"This is as good an atmosphere as you'll find for college basketball. I don't believe there's anyplace in the country better than this." - Jerry Tarkanian, former basketball head coach at Fresno State, Long Beach State, and UNLV Jerry Tarkanian (born August 8, 1930), known as Tark the Shark, was a college basketball coach. ... The campus on a sunny day California State University, Fresno, commonly referred to as Fresno State, is one of the campuses of California State University, located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in the San Joaquin Valley. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. ... The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada, known for its programs in engineering, English, hotel administration, and management information systems. ...

"The noise in here is at least the equivalent of an airplane firing its engines for takeoff. This is unbelievable. I can't even hear myself." - Barry Tompkins, ESPN announcer during a UCSB-UNLV game. Barry Tompkins (born circa 1940) is a well known American sports-caster. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

"A lot of people don't realize that we play in a lot of tough places. I'd like to see some of these other teams have to go to Santa Barbara and play in the Thunderdome. After you've been insulted in Santa Barbara, Barnhill [Arkansas] is nothing." - former UNLV point guard and New York Knicks point guard Greg Anthony, after UNLV had beaten the University of Arkansas in Arkansas. Barnhill Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, now used primarily for volleyball. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The New York Knickerbockers, or Knicks, are a professional basketball team based in New York, New York. ... Gregory C. Anthony (born November 15, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The University of Arkansas, known also as the U of A or UA, is a public co-educational land-grant university. ...

"you think some stranger is going to enter a school if it's full of pregnant gun-toting drug addicts? Folks, that would be like storming the Thunderdome." Stephen Colbert, on the 10/11/06 episode of the Colbert Report.[1] Stephen Tyrone Colbert (IPA: )(born May 13, 1964) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor, and writer, known for his satirical style and deadpan comedic delivery. ... Stephen Colbert, star of The Colbert Report The Colbert Report (, or possibly Colbert Réport) is a television program announced by Comedy Central that will star Stephen Colbert, currently best-known as a correspondent for The Daily Show. ...

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Thunderdome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (769 words)
Officially known as the Events Center, the Thunderdome is the on-campus arena for the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Thunderdome is the home to the Gauchos men's and women's basketball teams, the men's and women's volleyball teams, the school cheerleaders, the Gaucho Locos, and the dance team.
Folks, that would be like storming the Thunderdome." Stephen Colbert, on the 10/11/06 episode of the Colbert Report.
The Thunderdome: GauchoLocos.com (467 words)
The Thunderdome is one of the most feared college basketball venues in the nation.
In 2004, The Thunderdome saw record attendance for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Thunderdome is host to the UCSB Men's and Women's Basketball teams, along with the Women's Volleyball and occasionally the Men's Volleyball team.
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