April 4, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum has been ranked number five in a national ranking of all 351 men's basketball Division I arenas by Stadium Journey.
"Attending a game at the Spectrum is something that should be on the bucket list of every sports fan. Although the venue is nestled in a location very much out of the way for non-locals, it is well worth the trip. The student section, which constitutes half of the stadium, fills up fast and all the way to the brim. There is a buzz from the moment the doors open and the famous chants and heckling intended for opposing teams, begins much before tipoff. There is also a great community feel during and after the game. Aggie men's basketball is something the connects Cache Valley and appeals to all ages," the publication says.
Stadium Journey ranked the arena experience for each of the 351 teams that compete in Division I. Their reviews were based on several categories including: food and beverage in the arena, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment and a catchall category for any extras. Stadium Journey used the rating of their correspondent for the primary ranking, with the crowd reviews of members as the secondary factor.
Utah State was 13-5 at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum this season, having won 10 of its last 13 home games. USU's 13 home wins marks the Aggies' 11th-straight season with 13 or more home wins and its 21st-consecutive season with double-digit home victories. It was also USU's 43rd season with double-digit home wins in the last 55 years since 1958-59.
The Aggies have won 76 of their last 90 home games (.844) after having their 33-game win streak snapped on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 112 of its last 127 home games (.882).
Utah State has won 89.8 percent of its home games (237-27) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 132-17 (.886) record at home against league competition. The Aggies have won 265 of their last 294 games (.901) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 531-120 (.816) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.
Rupp Arena, home of the Kentucky Wildcats, was atop the list, followed by the Carrier Dome, home of the Syracuse Orange at No. 2. The FedExForum, home of the Memphis Tigers was third, while CenturyLink Center, home of the Creighton Bluejays was No. 4.
Other Mountain West arenas in the top 100 of the rankings included University Arena (The Pit), home of the New Mexico Lobos at No. 8; Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, home of the San Diego State Aztecs at No. 26; Moby Arena, home of the Colorado State Rams at No. 59 and Thomas & Mack Center, home of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at No. 87. The rest of the Mountain West arenas listed consisted of the SaveMart Center, home of the Fresno State Bulldogs at No. 111; Arena-Auditorium, home of the Wyoming Cowboys at No. 192; Taco Bell Arena, home of the Boise State Broncos at No. 133; Clune Arena, home of the Air Force Falcons at No. 136; San José State Events Center, home of the San José State Spartans at No. 160 and the Lawlor Events Center, home of the Nevada Wolf Pack at No. 174.
Other arenas in the state of Utah included the Marriott Center, home of the BYU Cougars, at No. 12, Dee Events Center, home of the Weber State Wildcats at No. 46, Centrum Arena, home of the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at No. 244; the UCCU Center, home of the Utah Valley Wolverines at No. 280 and the Jon M. Huntsman Center, home of the Utah Runnin' Utes at No. 295.
Utah State ended the 2013-14 season with an 18-14 overall and 7-11 Mountain West record in USU's first season in the league.
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