Thursday, August 8, 2013

The mystique of Taco Bell Arena

[Image: 640px-Taco_Bell_Arena_Interior_2013.jpg]

The mystique of Taco Bell Arena

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
September 21, 2050

The Taco Bell Arena (formerly BSU Pavilion) is a multi-purpose indoor arena, on the campus of Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho. The arena is located on the east end of campus, between West Campus Lane and Cesar Chavez Circle, immediately northwest of Bronco Stadium.

It is home to the Broncos basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics teams. It is the home of the Boise State Broncos of the MW and its current seating capacity is 12,480, for basketball.

The venue is also used for concerts (capacity 13,390) and many community events, including trade shows (17,000 square feet of arena floor space plus 10,000 square feet (930 m2) at auxiliary gym). It is the site of the 2013 second-round tie of the tennis Davis Cup between the United States and Serbia.

Ground was broken for the arena in February 1980, directly north of the Bronco Gymnasium (capacity 3,000). Construction displaced the tennis courts and the right field area of the baseball field, currently the site of the auxiliary gym on the west side of the arena.

Eight tennis courts were rebuilt on the former baseball infield, west of the arena. The baseball field was not rebuilt as BSU dropped baseball as a varsity sport following the 1980 season. During their final season, the Broncos played their home games at Wigle Field at Borah High School, four miles (6 km) west of campus.

The arena opened in May 1982, as the BSU Pavilion, its first three events were the graduation ceremonies for the city's public high schools. Later that year, the arena hosted a Billy Graham Crusade. The BSU Pavilion was renamed in June 2004, after Taco Bell signed a 15-year naming rights agreement with the university for $4 million.

The venue hosted four Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournaments: 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1994. BSU moved to the Big West Conference after the 1995-96 basketball season, and then moved on to the WAC following the 2000-01 season.

Taco Bell Arena has been a familiar site for early-round NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games, hosting first and second round competition eight times (1983, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009). The tournament games played at the arena have resulted in some of the most memorable moments in NCAA history. In 1995, UCLA's Tyus Edney dashed the length of the 94-foot (29 m) court in just over 4 seconds to make a layup that gave the Bruins a 75-74 win over Missouri, which sustained UCLA's run to a national title. In 2001, it was the site of the closest first-round day at a single host location ever, with the four games played on March 15 decided by a combined total of 7 points. One of those games included #15 seed Hampton's upset of #2 seed Iowa State -- making Hampton only the fourth #15 seed to beat a #2 seed in tournament history.

The NCAA Basketball Tournament returned to Taco Bell Arena in 2009, with four first round games on Friday & two second round games on Sunday (March 20 & 22). Teams playing included Missouri, Xavier, Florida State, Wisconsin, and Marquette. Many different genres of music have been played at this arena. Many rock bands have played here over the years it's been open, and some of the newer musicians including Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Michael Bublé.

No comments:

Post a Comment