Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
Built in 1928 to honor Idahoans who died serving their country during World War I, Memorial Gym is truly one of the most intriguing buildings on the historic University of Idaho campus.
Miniaturized football-players-turned-gargoyles adorn the building's brick-layered and ivy-covered sides, while the roofline features a decorative frieze with an old Western motif. Inside, colorful stained-glass windows breathe life into the foyer. The overhang of the upper seating levels allows fans to view the game from right above the action and lets them feel like they are literally "in the game."
The facility was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Memorial Gym is home to the Vandal volleyball team and is the former home to men's and women's basketball, although both still occasionally play home games there. The Idaho volleyball team has seen tremendous success in the facility.
From 1992-96, the team won 49 straight matches at Memorial Gym—the 11th-longest home winning streak in NCAA Division I history. On Sep. 17, 1996, a record 1,814 fans came to watch the Vandals take on Washington State and just under two months later, 1,804 fans showed up to see Idaho take on Long Beach State. That season, Idaho finished 22nd in the NCAA in home attendance.
In 1994, the facility added a pair of varsity locker rooms, as well as a satellite athletic training room courtside to provide instant medical attention, if necessary.
In addition to varsity sports, Memorial Gym is also home to several University of Idaho intramural sports and recreational programs, as well as the ROTC program.
Memorial Gym hasn't been used as a regular competition facility for Idaho basketball since the 2001-02 season when women's basketball moved into the Cowan Spectrum. The men's team moved out in 1976.
Both squads still play two to three games per season at the facility.
As a practice facility, Memorial Gym has eight baskets, one full-size court and three 77' x 45' courts. The unique shape of the court is ideal for practice and player development.