My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of Idaho
Location: Moscow ID
Most people can rattle off some of the larger NCAA Division I FBS football stadiums in the country. Michigan-Ohio State-Penn State-Alabama-Texas A&M all come up in those conversations. I got wondering who had the smallest FBS football stadiums.
All the stadiums featured in the bottom 10 of College Football venue sizes come from the “Non-Power 5”. On the list of bottom 10 you will see schools from Conference USA, MAC and the Sun Belt. The smallest “Power Conference” stadium is Martin Stadium in Pullman (32,248), home of Washington State Cougars out of the PAC 12.
The smallest FBS Stadium is the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome whose nickname is the Vandals. 2017 will be Idaho’s last year in FBS and in 2018 they will return to FCS so their stadium size ranking will definitely improve moving forward.
From 1971 until 1975, Kibbie was called the Idaho Stadium and was an outdoor stadium, but got the Domed addition in 1975. It was renamed after William H. Kibbie, a construction executive from Salt Lake City and a primary benefactor of the dome project. The Kibbie Dome capacity is just 16,000. It’s largest crowd was a game against Boise State in the late 1980s. The Kibbie Dome opened on September 27, 1975 when Idaho played Idaho State.
In its day the Kibbie Dome was considered an “Engineering Marvel”. The roof of the Kibbie Dome is constructed of laminated wood beams on a framework of tubular shaped steel. These huge arches span a distance of 400 feet and at the center height are 144 feet from the surface of the turf. The roof was completed in 1975. In 1976, the Kibbie Dome roof won the “Structural Engineering Achievement Award” from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The 2017 University of Idaho football schedule is found below:
The schedule includes a game against Coastal Carolina University on November 18th.