Gym dandies: West Coast

West Coast
School    Arena    Capacity    Opened    Did you know?
1. Gonzaga    McCarthey Athletic Center    6,000    2004    Illinois owns one of the eight victories by a visitor. Michigan State also made the list, and nobody has done it twice
2. San Francisco    War Memorial Gymnasium    5,300    1958    Dons teams of the late 1970s included Bill Cartwright, Phil Smith and Quintin Dailey
3. Santa Clara    Leavey Center    4,500    1975    Building named in honor of the founder of Farmers Insurance, a Santa Clara alum. Bum, da, bum, da, bum, bum, bum
4. San Diego    Jenny Craig Pavilion    5,100    2000    Building was hopping when Toreros upset Gonzaga in 2008 to earn NCAA berth. Went on to knock off UConn, too
5. BYU    Marriott Center    20,900    1971    Triple the size of any arena in the WCC, the building was the largest college basketball facility in the country at the time it opened
6. Portland    Chiles Center    4,852    1984    Appearances have been made by the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking and President George W. Bush
7. Loyola Marymount    Albert Gersten Pavilion    4,156    1991    Lions star Hank Gathers died on the court during a 1990 WCC tournament game
8. Pepperdine    Firestone Fieldhouse    3,104    1973    Somehow, 4,500 jammed into the building for a 93-91 upset of third-ranked UNLV in 1976
9. Saint Mary’s    McKeon Pavilion    3,500    1978    Gaels have been strong in the gym under the leadership of Randy Bennett

Comments embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments