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 U of I’s residential campus. As such, the ICCU Arena has become a priority for students. In 2015-16 and again in 2019, the Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI) agreed to assess a fee against itself to financially support the project.
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,” then-President Chuck Staben said. “This is an investment in Vandal excellence, and a significant statement about what we can achieve when Vandals join together.”