Kibbie Dome

Kibbie Dome

Location: On the University of Idaho campus at Perimeter Drive and Rayburn Street

History: Formally dedicated in 1975, the Kibbie Dome is the home of University of Idaho Vandal athletics. Planning began in 1969 after a fire partially destroyed Neale Stadium, the football facility at the time, which was on the site where the dome is today. The Kibbie Dome football field and stands were completed and in use for the 1971 season, although it took another four years to enclose the 14-story structure. The east end addition, which houses athletic department offices in addition to locker rooms, a weight room and training room, was completed in 1982.

In addition to use for football and basketball, the Kibbie Dome provides a training and competitive venue for the UI indoor track and field teams as well as a practice facility for the tennis team during inclement weather. When it is not in use by UI athletic teams, it houses intramural activities for all UI students.

To keep pace with the growth of University of Idaho Athletics, the home of the Vandals is expanding, too. When the $10 million expansion is completed, UI student-athletes will have twice as much room. A new speed and strength center will more than double the current area to 7,000 square feet. Locker rooms will be expanded to 14,680 square feet, while team rooms, equipment rooms, academic support, and sports medicine all will experience similar expansion.

The facility was named for alumnus William H. Kibbie who contributed $300,000 toward the facility.

Interesting points: The barrel-arch roof is an engineering feat that earned the structure the award for America's Outstanding Structural Engineering Achievement of 1976.

The dome officially seats 16,000 for football, although a record 17,600 witnessed the UI-Boise State football game on Nov. 18, 1989.

Statistics:
Architect: Glen Cline of Cline, Smull, Hamill, & Associates (Boise)
Dates: Construction began February 1971, with formal dedication in 1975
Cost: $7.8 million (Private donation and student fees)
Description: Arched roof with 400-foot clear span, 18,000 seats. Building is 410' x 498', height is 150'; floor area is 93,550 sq. feet
Additions: Phase 1. Grandstand, press box and grass infield (1971) Phase 2. Artificial turf and roll up mechanism (1972) Phase 3. Roof and end walls (1975) Phase 4. East End office and multi-use addition (1982); $4.5 million

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