Heart of Champions
For the University of Idaho’s head women’s basketball Coach Jon Newlee, the Idaho Arena fulfills a multitude of purposes, with one overall goal — win championships.
"The beauty of this arena is that it’s designed specifically for us. We won’t have to fight for space or time anymore."
“The Idaho Arena will be built for us, so having the ability to develop players in our own facility, student-athletes will be able to play, practice and put in valuable gym time,” Newlee said. “There’s also talk of having our own weight room and film room, where students-athletes can spend time practicing and then schedule time to watch film with the coaches, which would be awesome.”
As of now, trying to use multiple facilities that weren’t designed to fit the needs of arena-type sports, like basketball, can lead to the UI coaching staff spending time, money, and resources on logistics, and less time spent on developing student-athletes and winning championships.
The Idaho Arena will also give women’s basketball a place to call home — a place where Vandal basketball fans will be able to attend games without confusion of time or location.
“It’s disappointing that students do not come to our games. We’ve won games, tournaments and championships, but we still don’t have a fan base,” Newlee said. “Any time we travel to another school to play teams on their home courts, thousands of fans come out to watch their games. Hopefully the arena will bring back the student body and secure a home for the Vandal fan base.”