Idaho Central Credit Union Arena: Our Platform for Success
The Idaho Central Credit Union Arena is Becoming a Reality
With open space that will fill with cheers and Vandals of all eras standing shoulder to shoulder, the Idaho Central Credit Union Arena will showcase all that is right about the University of Idaho, Vandals and the state.
“It’s time to have an arena that will establish an identity for Vandals basketball,” said Don Monson, former U of I basketball coach who led the team to championships in the early ‘80s. “There is a need for an arena with good seats, lighting and tradition. When you get to a place where you have an established home-identity, then you really have something.”
The arena will not only be a home for Vandal court sports, but also a gathering space for a variety of events to enhance student life on UI’s residential campus.
“A modern, stand-alone arena is essential for ongoing excellence in basketball,” President Chuck Staben said. “It’s part of the recipe for an exciting campus environment for students and student-athletes.”
The arena also has become a priority for students. In 2015-16, the U of I student body agreed to assess a fee against itself to financially support the project. “I’m grateful our students share that enthusiasm for the future of Vandal Athletics and our residential campus,” Staben said.
Preliminary plans include the arena to be made in large part with wood and wood products using a contemporary building technique that blends thousands of years of construction technology with modern desires to use renewable materials.
“Between students, alumni and friends of the university, I’m proud of how we’re coming together as partners to build something special,” Staben said. “This is an investment in Vandal excellence, and a significant statement about what we can achieve when Vandals join together.”