Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-02-111
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.Farewell fto by Lynn Arave This Saturday night, Weber State will play its last home varsity basketball game of the regular season in Wildcat Gymnasium. Unless Weber can accumulate the best win-loss record in the Big Sky and host the conference playoffs on March 4-5, Saturday's game will be the final varsity game of any kind to be played in Wildcat gym. None-the-less, Saturday's game will be the final regular season game ever to be played there. The old gym, nicknamed a "Snakepit" by Sports Illustrated magazine a few years ago, will be superceded next season by the new Dee Events Center. Assuming the heavily favored Wildcat Cagers defeated the University of Idaho Vandals (3-16) in a home contest last night; Weber will be sporting an all time win-loss record at home of 173-18 (90.8 percent) into Saturday night's final home game against the Gonzaga University Bulldogs. The first two games ever played in Wildcat Gym were "unofficial ones," both against Carroll College. Weber won both those games and then on the following Wednesday night, The old gym, nicknamed a "Snake-pit" by Sports Illustrated, will be replaced by the new Super Dee. the first official game was played against Idaho State. That was on Dec. 15, 1962 and Weber beat ISU in overtime 81-72. In 1962, the Weber State Gymnasium was the largest building on campus believe it or not. But all seats in the gym that season were main floor seats because no bleachers had been yet put up in the balconies. It was believed that there would not be enough fans to justify such an expense. Weber ended up playing 11 home games during the 1962-63 basketball season and won them all. The first 18 games played in Wildcat gym were won by the Weber and then the first home loss came along. Southern Colorado upended the 'Cats 97-89. However, the following evening revenge came and Weber blasted the same team 100-83 at home. CPift it ..m . ..tz! ' - :r " ' it i n-- - ' - i - l i . I ... .... . I I i, f f ' t ii 1 l -V ' - v - ',,1 . A '-4 i.. ? w- f v- , , Li lid? rT"l i:.mMb Nit'.' i rr-1 Inside the gym can be seen the upper deck where there now exists bleachers that are used for added seating. The original plans were such that adding more seating in that area was never thought of. The close proximity of the crowd to the basketball court frustrated many a visiting team and added strength to the Wildcats. Home court domination continued and Weber won the next 46 home games in a row spread over nearly three seasons. At one time, Weber had a 64-1 home court record. Indeed, there have been six seasons when the home town fans have never had to suffer the agony of defeat on the home court.. Only three visiting teams have defeated the 'Cats more than twice. Boise State, Idaho State and Montana have all scored three victories each in Wildcat gym throughout the years. Two. teams have each won two games a piece in Wildcat Weber will be sporting a 117-18 home record into tomorrow night's final game against Gonzaga. gym. They are Utah State and Southern Colorado. Rounding out Weber's 18 home court losses are one game a piece victories by Idaho, Montana State, N. Arizona, Oregon State and Seattle. A picture from the past shows the gym shortly before it was completed. ". .' t The worst home court season the 'Cats ever had was in the ' .4 " A" tf''t 1974-75 season at 6-5. This year, Weber is 11-1. the only loss coming from Oregon State 76-73.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-02-11, Vol. 37, No. 30|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|