Dedication Develops Dominance for Utah State at Home
Most avid sports fans will likely recognize 4,256 as the career hit total of Pete Rose and even the most casual of sports fans can associate the no. 23 with the jersey number made famous by Michael Jordan.
That is a number known well among the faithful student section of the Utah State Aggies as the seating capacity of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (The Spectrum)—the Aggies' home venue.
This number, while not terribly significant, has become ingrained in the minds and hearts of the Aggie faithful. In the early afternoon on game days, students begin assembling in the small space between the two sets of doors that separate the warm arena from the frigid Logan winter.
For critical rivalry games, the students can be found in their niche even earlier (much to the chagrin of their professors). And mounted on the wall in this home away from home, there is a plaque that reads "Max. Capacity: 10,270". It is no wonder these dedicated fans—who will spend hundreds of hours waiting for seats over the course of their college career—have memorized the seating capacity of their beloved arena.
The dedication of the student section is rewarded by an athletic department that gives them prime seats. Over 4,000 rabid students pack The Spectrum from floor to ceiling. The design of the building ensures that opposing players feel as if every one of the 4,000 students are right on top of the court.
This dedication certainly has paid off for the Aggies who boast one of the best home court advantages in the nation. Utah State currently owns the nation's third longest home winning streak of 28 games. Further, the Aggies have a gaudy 153-12 record at home since Stew Morrill took over the program in the 1998-1999 season.
The Aggies (18-1, 6-0) will have their home court tested in their next home game January 29th when conference rival Nevada (12-7, 5-1) comes to town.
A rivalry game with first place in the WAC potentially on the line? You can bet the students will be heading to The Spectrum bright and early.
Regardless of that outcome there is one word that describes Pete Rose's 4,256 hits, the career of no. 23 Michael Jordan, and the 10,270 fans of The Spectrum: Dominant.
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