Dee Events Center
|"The DEE" and "The Purple Palace"|
Ogden, UT 84408
|Owner||Weber State University|
|Operator||Weber State University|
|Broke ground||March 21, 1975|
|Opened||November 1, 1977|
|Construction cost||$11.4 million
($44.4 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||Robert A. Fowler and Associates|
|Structural engineer||Reaveley Engineers & Associates|
|General contractor||Acord-Harris Construction|
|Weber State Wildcats (NCAA)|
Dee Events Center is an 11,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Ogden, Utah. The circular, domed arena, similar in design to many arenas of the time, opened in 1977 and was named for the Lawrence T. Dee family, for his extensive contributions in building the arena.
The arena is the largest arena in Utah north of Salt Lake City. It is home to the Weber State University Wildcats men's and women's basketball teams. It was home to the Weber State women's volleyball team until 2006. The venue has hosted the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament nine times: 1979, 1980, 1984, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2010. It has hosted first- and second-round NCAA men's basketball tournament games three times, in 1980, 1986 and 1994, and in 1983 it hosted the West Regionals, won by the eventual national champion N.C. State Wolfpack under Jim Valvano.
At the end of the 1995-96 season a new basketball court floor was installed and after the 2005-06 season a new court surface look was installed. In the summer of 2010 the Jumbotron was replaced by a new Pro-Star Vision Screen scoreboard. It features 4 HD LCD screens, an all LED display around the screens and a Pro-Add LED Display Ring on top. The front panel of the scorer's table is a Pro-Add LED Display. Both the ring and the scorer's table are full-color full-motion LED fascias. Also, added in this upgrade were LED scoreboards behind each basketball standard. Three-sided shot clocks were installed on top of each hoop including the running game time. During the summer of 2012, the court was once again re-surfaced to go along with the new logo also released that summer.
- All-Time WSU Men's Basketball Record - 888-514
- Overall Record at the Dee Events Center (DEC) - 375-99
- DEC Record - Big Sky Games - 211-56
- Randy Rahe's DEC Record - 58-10
- Rahe's DEC Record - Big Sky Games - 40-5