Capacity: 12,380 Opened: 1982

Taco Bell Arena



"Home Sweet Home" for Boise State basketball and gymnastics is Taco Bell Arena.

Recognized as one of the finest basketball arenas in the West, Taco Bell Arena has become one the toughest places for Bronco opponents to pick up a win.

Built in the spring of 1982 at a cost of $17.5 million, Taco Bell Arena (formerly known as The Pavilion) seats 12,380 people. In the last 20 years, Taco Bell Arena crowds have witnessed exciting college basketball from Boise State, as well as some of the top ranked teams in the country.

Taco Bell Arena hosted first and second round games for the NCAA Men's Division I National Tournament on eight different occasions (1983, 1989, 1992, 1995,1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009). From victories by top-ranked Virginia and Ralph Sampson, to UCLA and Tyus Edney's improbable 4.8 second coast-to-coast lay up to beat Missouri in 1995, to Hampton's shocking upset of second-seeded Iowa State in 2001, Boise has become one of the most popular and respected NCAA regional sites.

In March of 2002, Taco Bell Arena hosted the NCAA Women's West Regional Finals. Taco Bell Arena also hosted another major women's collegiate championship in April of 2000 with the NCAA Women's National Gymnastics Championships. Taco Bell Arena also hosted three conference championship tournaments while Boise State was a member of the Big Sky Conference. In 1994, Boise State won three straight tourney games on its home floor to win the Big Sky crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in seven years.

In Boise State's last four seasons as a member of the Big West Conference, the Broncos led the league in attendance. During the 2000-01 season, the Broncos averaged 8, 448 fans per game to rank 57th nationally. In 1999-2000 Boise State averaged 7,657 fans per game to rank 67th nationally, while in 1998-99, Boise State averaged 7,988 fans per game to not only lead the league but rank 59th in the country. In 1997-98, a Big West best 7,040 fans per game turned out at Taco Bell Arena to rank the team 70th in the nation.

Between the Bronco basketball team and fans, Taco Bell Arena comes to life, making life hard on opponents and providing a "Home Sweet Home" for Boise State.


  • Ground Breaking: February 1980
  • First Men's Basketball Game in Taco Bell Arena: November 29, 1982 (vs. Michigan State)
  • Total seating capacity: 12,380
  • Men's Basketball All-time attendance record: 12,649 (vs. Idaho, March 5, 1993)
  • Women's Basketball All-time attendance record: 12,193 (Boise State vs. Idaho, February 12, 2011)
  • All-time Taco Bell Arena attendance record: 12,897 (Neil Diamond concert, November 6, 1996)
  • Men's Basketball All-time Record, through 2010-11 season: 327-119 (.733)
  • Women's Basketball All-time Record, through 2010-11 season: 244-125 (.661)
  • Street level 17,472 sq. ft. exhibition area accommodating 110 booths (10'x10') with direct access from two loading bays
  • 9,600 sq. ft. auxiliary gymnasium (80'x120') for additional exhibition, staging or meeting space
  • Deluxe green room, VIP blue room, two road offices and five performer dressing rooms
  • World class rigging grid for record breaking load in and load out
  • State of the art video board (Bronco Vision) over center court

NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds in 2005

Packed House to See the Broncos in 2007

Pavilion Construction 1981

Outside the Pavilion

Nearly completed Pavilion in 1981

Outside the Pavilion in 1982

Top 20 Men's Basketball Taco Bell Arena Crowds
1.12,649IdahoMarch 5, 1993Idaho
2.12,422IdahoFebruary 23, 1989Boise State
3.12,329Idaho1991Boise State
4.12,265WyomingDecember 22, 1987Wyoming
5.12,231Nevada1988Boise State
6.12,225IdahoJanuary 17, 1987Idaho
7.12,193IdahoFebruary 12, 2011Boise State
8.12,128Idaho1988Boise State
9.11,872Idaho StateFebruary 25, 1989Boise State
10.11,852Idaho State1988Boise State
11.11,576IdahoMarch 10, 1989Idaho
12.11,518CincinnatiDecember 30, 1999Cincinnati
13.11,345IdahoJanuary 30, 2000Idaho
14.10,983Montana1988Boise State
15.10,868Weber StateFebruary 17, 1996Weber State
16.10,843Idaho1992Boise State
17.10,817IdahoMarch 4, 1994Boise State
18.10,643Weber StateMarch 9, 1989Boise State
19.10,636Montana State1988Montana State
20.10,613IdahoFebruary 10, 1995Boise State

Top 20 Women's Basketball Taco Bell Arena Crowds
1.12,193IdahoFebruary 12, 2011Idaho
2.11.558MontanaJanuary 29, 1994Boise State
3.9,556MontanaJanuary 25, 1992Montana
4.8,825San Jose StateJanuary 13, 2011Boise State
5.6,473Hawai'iJanuary 15, 2011Boise State
6.6,236MontanaFebruary 25, 1993Montana
7.5,265St. Mary'sJanuary 9, 1994Boise State
8.5,019Utah StateJanuary 30, 2010Boise State
9.4,637IdahoMarch 6, 1994Boise State
10.4,518Louisiana TechFebruary 3, 2007Louisiana Tech
11.4,505Idaho StateFebruary 19, 1994Boise State
12.4,273Northern ArizonaFebruary 12, 1994Boise State
13.4,238Idaho StateJanuary 23, 1993Boise State
14.4,158Montana StateJanuary 28, 1994Montana State
15.4,048Saint Mary'sDecember 29, 2010Saint Mary's
16.4,034Weber StateFebruary 22, 1992Boise State
17.4,000WashingtonDecember 5, 1987Washington
18.3,617Idaho StateMarch 4, 1995Boise State
19.3,504NevadaMarch 3, 1990Boise State
20.3,500IdahoFebruary 16, 1989 Boise State

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