A Place to Call Home
Having a dedicated sports facility like the Idaho Arena gives Vandal sports teams a place to call home.
“We’re a little bit behind the times, especially when compared to the schools we’ve played against over the last 16 years,” said women’s head volleyball coach, Debbie Buchanan.
“What it really comes down to is having a home base for us to practice and play without being worried about practice times, locations, and whether or not we will lose access to our training facility.”
Construction plans for the multi-purpose Idaho Arena include a practice gym, providing practice and play space for the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams. The facility will also have room for coach’s offices, locker rooms and a conference space.
Buchanan believes that the Idaho Arena will allow more control over the coach’s environment, and will enrich their ability to hold a competitive edge, host volleyball camps and tournaments, and bring people from outside of the area to Idaho.
“Most people think we own and operate the Memorial Gym and the Kibbie Dome-ASUI Activity Center,” Buchanan said. “Sadly, we don’t. We actually rent those spaces. We have been successful at juggling times and locations for our team sports, which has led us to be very good with communication, but I think that when we have the Idaho Arena, it will allow for some breathing room and that will lead to a huge advantage in practice, play and in recruiting.”