The Cal State Northridge Matadors play in the Big West Conference where they will be trying to win that conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2016. They play their home games in a band box known as the Matadome, where they have since 1962. The Matadome holds only 1600 fans, so every seat really is a courtside seat.
CSU Northridge has been to two NCAA Tournaments, one in 2001 for winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament and one in 2009 for winning the Big West Tournament, They have also played in three D-II NCAA Tournaments, reaching the regional finals twice.
Former UNLV great and NBA star Reggie Theus is the coach of the Matadors and is going into his second season at the helm.
The Matadome may be small but the crowd is loud and proud, making the atmosphere for a game what you want to be a part of at a college basketball game. The students keep the place loud and there is plenty of in game entertainment. As a side note, you might be interested in knowing that while you watch the Matadors play, this gym is the place where the Karate Kid was shot when they did the Tournament scene.
This year’s home schedule includes games against Pepperdine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Davis, UC Irvine, Hawaii, Cal Poly and many more. So enjoy your favorite concession items such as nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and soda and after the game grab a beer at one of the nearby restaurants such as Bonefish Grill or Buffalo Wild Wings and make a night of it.
The Matadors will be entertaining on the court as they try to get to the Big Dance in 2016. Don’t miss out on the excitement!