Just east of Washington State University, across the border into Moscow, Idaho is the University of Idaho. The Vandals football plays in the Kibbie Dome which has been around since 1971. It seats a cozy 16,000 fans for football. If you’ve ever wondered what Arena Football would be like with a 100-yard field, then you might want to visit the Kibbie Dome.
Idaho was a powerhouse program in its FCS days. They were in 1-AA (Now called FCS) from 1978-1995. During that time the Vandals made the playoffs 18 times. They were coached by very successful coaches in FBS such as Dennis Erickson and John L Smith and boasted of players such as Mark Schlereth and John Freisz who went on to the NFL.
Many schools who enjoy FCS success look to join FBS and get into the “Big Time” of college football. In 1996, the Vandals made the leap. In that time they have had moderate success, winning a pair of bowl games. They will play the 2015 season in the Sun Belt Conference which has several bowl tie-ins that the Vandals will be trying to gain a spot.
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The Dome can be a very loud pace even though Idaho has the smallest home venue in FBS football. When the team is playing well, the sound bounces around in the small dome and it can be a great home field advantage for the Vandals.
This season’s home schedule has Ohio University, Wofford, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, Appalachian State and Texas State. In recent seasons, teams coming to the Kibbie Dome this year have beaten teams like Michigan, Florida and Arkansas.
The Sun Belt Conference has five bowl tie-ins including some of the best destinations in the country such as Orlando (Cure Bowl), New Orleans (New Orleans Bowl), Austin, Texas (Austin Bowl), Mobile, Alabama (GoDaddy.com Bowl) and Montgomery, Alabama (Camellia Bowl). Idaho will be trying to secure a spot in one of these great venues by winning their games at the Kibbie Dome. You can be there to help cheer them on.
With only 16,000 seats, all of which are on the sidelines, there is not a bad seat in the house. And while other schools fans in the area are freezing while watching their team, you can be sitting in the warm Kibbie Dome cheering on the Vandals as they face the best of the Sun Belt Conference.
Come to Moscow for a game this season, tailgate with your family and friends and watch an exciting game in the Kibbie Dome! Don’t miss out on all the fun!
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