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Game during 2006–07 season
|Former names||USU Assembly Center|
|Location||900 East 900 North|
|Owner||Utah State University|
|Operator||Utah State University|
|Opened||December 1, 1970|
49 years ago
|Construction cost||$3 million|
|Architect||Folsom and Hunt|
|Utah State Aggies (NCAA)|
(Men's & Women's Basketball,
Women's Volleyball, Gymnastics)
The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is a 10,270-seat multi-purpose arena in the western United States, located on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. It is best known for being the home of the Utah State Aggies men's basketball team and the women's basketball team. It also hosts gymnastics, volleyball, and other sporting events. The elevation at street level is approximately 4,770 feet (1,450 m) above sea level.
In addition to sporting events, the Smith Spectrum is utilized for concerts, commencement ceremonies, and other special events central to the Cache Valley community. Originally known as the Assembly Center, the arena's first basketball game was 49 years ago on December 1, 1970, a 95–89 victory over Ohio State. It became known as the Spectrum within the next year, and was named for Dee Glen Smith, founder of Smith's Food and Drug, whose contribution funded a 1988 renovation that added new offices for the athletics department and ticket office.
USU men's basketball
In December 2005, the Utah State Aggies played their 500th game in the Spectrum. In those games, USU amassed a dominating record of 398 wins and 102 losses versus its competition.
Over the last 17 seasons since Stew Morrill has been head coach, Utah State has amassed a home record of 245–31 (.888). In that same time period, the Aggies are 119–20 (.856) against league opponents and 125–12 (.912) in non-conference games at home. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Utah State held the second-longest home winning streak in the NCAA, having won 34 straight home games. The Aggies finished the 2007–08 season as well as the 2008–09 season with undefeated marks at home.
Large crowds are another characteristic of the arena, as the Aggies have averaged better than 7,000 fans per game in 38 of their 42 seasons in the Smith Spectrum, and have averaged better than 8,500 fans per game every year since the 2007–08 season.
On March 1, 1990, two former Utah State students set off a water bomb that soaked UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian and other UNLV coaches and players with a blue-green dye. UNLV was awarded two technical free throws and made both of them. UNLV won the game by two points, 84–82.
- Miller, Hack (December 2, 1970). "USU, Weber win openers". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D1.
- USUStats.com :: Season Results : 2007-08
- USUStats.com :: Season Results : 2008-09
- USUStats.com :: Season Results
- Sorensen, Mike (March 2, 1990). "Aggies give Rebels a scare in rematch". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D1.
- "Summonses are issued against two in water bombing of UNLV's bench". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. March 14, 1990. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- Utah State University Athletics – Dee Glen Smith Spectrum