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Cowan Spectrum

Home of Vandal Basketball

Once dubbed by Sports Illustrated as one of the 20 most challenging basketball environments in which to play in the nation, the Kibbie Dome has that look and feel again with the 2001 debut of the Cowan Spectrum.

The $700,000 Cowan Spectrum includes two Daktronics scoreboards that hang on the north and south sides of the basketball court. The truss, lighting grid, and 2,878 yards of curtains create an “arena-within-an-arena” as the Spectrum comes alive at midfield of the 25-year-old Kibbie Dome football field. The Spectrum provides 7,000-seat intimate atmosphere and up-close-and-personal feel for UI basketball fans. The new environment also enhances the practice and competitive surroundings for both the Men and Women Basketball teams.

The basketball arena is named in honor of Bob and Jan Cowan. The naming gave UI a chance to pay tribute to the many contributions of the Richland, Wash., couple.

Cowan Spectrum Facts

  • 48 1,000-watt fixtures for a total of 48,000 watts of lighting.
  • 25 motors with a lifting capacity of 50,000 pounds.
  • 575 linear feet of curtains, 2,878 yards of fabric, covering more than 27,000 square feet.
  • 1,500 feet of truss held up by approximately 14,000 feet of wire and chain.
  • Truss and lights held together by more than 1,200 nuts and bolts.
  • Total weight or truss, curtains and lights is 25,000 pounds.
  • Each score board is 16’ X 19’ and weighs 3,500 pounds.
  • 9,683 lights in each scoreboard.
  • Seating capacity of 7,000