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Matador Gymnasium
The Matadome interior
Full name Matador Gymnasium
Location 18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Coordinates 34°14′31″N 118°31′35″W / 34.241974°N 118.526484°W / 34.241974; -118.526484Coordinates: 34°14′31″N 118°31′35″W / 34.241974°N 118.526484°W / 34.241974; -118.526484
Owner California State University, Northridge
Capacity 1,600
Record attendance 3,106 on 2 November 1990
for US Men's Volleyball
Scoreboard Yes
Opened 30 November 1962
Renovated 1998
Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball
Cal State Northridge Matadors women's basketball
Cal State Northridge Matadors men's volleyball
Cal State Northridge Matadors women's volleyball

Matador Gymnasium, most commonly known by its nickname the Matadome, is a 1,600 seat, indoor multi-purpose stadium on the campus of California State University, Northridge in Northridge, California.

History and renovations[edit]

The Matadome, unlike many other traditional stadia, is located within Redwood Hall, which hosts many kinesiology classes for Cal State Northridge. Contrary to the name, Redwood Hall, and by default the Matadome, is not a dome at all – the roof is flat. The Matadome was completed in 1962 and was officially opened on 30 November of the same year.[1]

The capacity of the Matadome has changed throughout the years. Before the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Matadome had a capacity of over 3,000. The record attendance was 3,106 for a United States men's national volleyball team exhibition against Japan men's national volleyball team set on 2 November 1990, which was prior to the earthquake. After the earthquake, the upper section seats were removed to create more classroom space for Redwood Hall, and walls were put up to separate the Matadome from these new classrooms.

Other renovations include the installation of a completely new floor in 1996 (with a redesigning in 2001), a drop-down scoreboard above half court in 1997, and chair-backed bleacher seats in 1998.

Negative views[edit]

Despite all of these recent additions and renovations, the Matadome is still seen as a sub-standard arena. Players and coaches alike have spoken out about the gym, citing:

I don’t know how the Matadome got its name, but it sounds like a joke. And (then) someone thought it was serious and even made a little plaque to go with it outside.

—Willie Galick, 2007–2009, men's basketball, Daily Sundial[2]

We’re a division-I program with a junior high or a YMCA gym.

—Neeta Sreekanth, 2008–present, women's basketball, Daily Sundial[3]

In an editorial for the Los Angeles Daily News, Jill Painter described the Matadome as "...the Kinesiology building with a basketball court inside...".[4] Not surprisingly, the head coach for the men's basketball team believes the Matadome may hinder Northridge's athletic programs.

Don't be fooled by the name, 'The Matadome'. It's really the 'Mata-gym'.

Bobby Braswell, 1996–2013, men's basketball head coach, The Press-Enterprise[5]

It's an issue. It’s affected our high school-recruiting and other things.

Bobby Braswell, 1996–2013, men's basketball head coach, Daily Sundial[6]


Before the Matadome opened, the Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball team played their home games at nearby Granada Hills Charter High School. They've played at the Matadome since its opening in 1962 and has been joined by the women's basketball team, as well as the men's and women's volleyball teams.

In addition to Northridge athletics, the Matadome has also hosted the 2001 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

For non-athletic events, the Matadome has been used as a setting for The Karate Kid (1984) and National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002).


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