Vandal Men's Basketball Camps
War Memorial Gymnasium
To many University of Idaho alumni, War Memorial Gymnasium is
best known for NBA Hall-of-Famer Gus Johnson's thunderous dunks and
gravity-defying rebounds during the 1962-63 basketball season. However, many of
them have missed out on one of the most successful sports in the history of the
university – women’s volleyball.
From 1992-96, Vandal Volleyball won 49 straight matches in
Memorial Gym, the fourth-longest home winning streak in NCAA Division I history.
With four straight Big Sky titles and first-place finishes in the Big West's
Eastern Division in 1996 and 1997, the sport grabbed the attention of UI
students and the community.
On Sept. 27, 1994, 1,550 volleyball fans invaded the
70-year-old gym to see Idaho defeat nationally ranked border-rival Washington
State 3-1. In 1996, Idaho set an all-time attendance record by averaging 1,050
fans in Memorial Gym, where it boasted an 11-2 (.846) record and the largest
single-match crowd - 1,814 against Washington State - in Vandal volleyball
history. Overall, Idaho ranked 22nd nationally in home attendance in 1996 among
all NCAA college volleyball programs. In 1998, the Vandals ranked 28th in the
country, ahead of programs such as Ohio State and Louisville.
Memorial Gym provides a practice and game facility to the Idaho
Volleyball team. The gym supports two varsity locker rooms, a courtside
satellite training room, three practice courts and an intimate 2000-seat game
In 1999, an $85,000 portable Taraflex Sports Flooring
system was installed at Memorial Gym. The portable floor system has
significantly improved the game and competitive facility needs for Idaho
Volleyball. The 5500 square foot floor can be rolled or unrolled in about in
hour. This addition to the facility has provided the UI with one of the best
volleyball courts in the Western Athletic Conference.
Aside from exciting Vandal Volleyball action, Memorial Gym also
is home to exhibition Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and the UI Physical