|"Reese Court" and "The Phase"|
|Owner||Eastern Washington University|
|Operator||Eastern Washington University|
|Opened||June 6, 1975
40 years ago
|Construction cost||$4.5 million
($19.7 million in 2015 dollars)
|Eastern Washington Eagles
Reese Court is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Cheney, Washington, on the campus of Eastern Washington University. It is home to the EWU Eagles basketball team and replaced Eastern Washington Fieldhouse in 1975. It was the host venue of the 2004 Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament, and is located southwest of the football stadium, Roos Field.
The gem of the Sports and Recreation Center, the Special Events Pavilion opened in 1975 for spring quarter commencement on June 6.
The basketball court was named in 1980 for legendary coach William B. "Red" Reese (1899–1974) and is now referred to as Reese Court. Coach Reese amassed an impressive 473 victories against 298 defeats during his 31 years as head coach of three sports: football, basketball, and track.
Known for his fierce competitiveness, Reese led the Savages from 1930 to 1964. During World War II, he served as physical fitness officer and football coach for the Second Air Force. Located just off the main court is a conference room named in Reese's honor that has many interesting mementos of his era as head coach. Reese was a 1920 graduate of Pullman High School and played basketball for the Cougars at Washington State College (now WSU), and graduated in 1925.
Reese Court has been home to the Eagle basketball and volleyball teams since the 1975–76 season. Other regularly scheduled events in the facility include:
- "Pavilion is open". Spokesman-Review. June 9, 1975. p. 20.
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Reese Court given OK". Spokane Daily Chronicle. February 29, 1980. p. 24.
- "Reese Court ceremony set". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 26, 1980. p. 19.
- "GoEags - EWU Athletic Facilities".
- "Ex-Eastern coach Red Reese is dead at 75". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 19, 1974. p. 10.