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Holt Arena
Former names ASISU Mini Dome
Location 550 Memorial Drive
Pocatello, ID 83209
 United States
Broke ground 1968 - October
Opened 1970 - September
Owner Idaho State University
Operator Idaho State University
Surface Artificial turf (1970- )
Construction cost $2,800,000
Capacity 12,000 - football
8,000 - basketball
Idaho State Bengals
(Big Sky Conference, NCAA)

Holt Arena is an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. It is the home field of the Idaho State Bengals of the Big Sky Conference. Holt Arena sits at an elevation of 4,560 feet (1,390 m) above sea level[1].

Completed in September 1970 at the north end of the ISU campus, Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a college campus in the United States and the second-oldest overall.[2] Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it.

The indoor arena was conceived by ISU athletic director Milton W. "Dubby" Holt in 1966. ISU students voted to appropriate not more than $2.8 million to the project two years later. Originally named the ASISU Mini Dome, it replaced the outdoor "Spud Bowl" (now Davis Field) as the Bengals' home football stadium. The Mini Dome was renamed in 1988 to honor Holt.

Holt Arena also serves as home for the ISU indoor track and field team and men's basketball team. It also hosts high school football games and other sporting events, rodeos, concerts, and other activities. In 1977 it was the site of the NCAA basketball tournament (sub-regionals) [3] and the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament.

After the long anticipated opening of the Mini Dome in 1970, Idaho State true freshman Mike Barnes scored the first regulation points in a basketball game.

Following the success of the Mini Dome, several other colleges built enclosed stadiums, including the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho in Moscow, which was enclosed in 1975 after four years as an outdoor stadium.

Holt Arena is one of two enclosed stadiums currently in use in the Big Sky Conference; the Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff is the other.


  1. ^ USGS topographic map of Holt Arena. MSR Maps. Accessed 6 January 2008.
  2. ^ Facilities - Idaho State University Bengals Accessed 6 January 2008
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated 1977-03-21 - accessed 2009-10-06

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Preceded by
Tacoma Dome
Host of the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship Game
1987 – 1988
Succeeded by
Paulson Stadium

Coordinates: 42°52′11″N 112°25′42″W / 42.86972°N 112.42833°W / 42.86972; -112.42833



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