Courtesy: Bruce Mann (Moscow, Idaho)
Home to the men’s basketball team since 2000-01 and the women’s basketball team since 2001-2002; the Cowan Spectrum turns the Kibbie Dome into an exciting basketball arena with a more intimate feeling.
With a seating capacity of 6,000, the Spectrum puts Vandal fans in the game like never before. The court has a lighting grid that gives it a “spotlight” effect, modeled after the Staples Center setup for the Los Angeles Lakers. This atmosphere puts the focus on hoops in a building originally designed for football.
When the Cowan Spectrum debuted on February 17th, 2001, it marked the first major revision to the Kibbie Dome’s basketball amenities since the landmark structure opened in 1975. Patterned after the Alamo Dome and the Carrier Dome (Syracuse), the Cowan Spectrum is an arena-within-an-arena in a facility once dubbed by Sports Illustrated as one of the 20 most difficult places to
-575 linear feet of curtains, which contain 2,878 yards of fabric covering more than 27,000 square feet
-1,500 feet of steel truss held up by approximately 14,000 feet of cable and chain
-Truss and lights held together by more than 1,200 nuts and bolts
-48 1,000-watt fixtures for a total of 48,000 watts of lighting
-25 motors with a lifting capacity of 50,000 pounds
-Truss, curtains and lights totaling a combined weight of 25,000 pounds