Missoula /mᵻˈzuːlə/ is a city in the U. S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. In 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population at 71,022. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook Great Falls as Montana’s second‑largest city, Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university. Missoula was founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post while still part of Washington Territory, by 1866, the settlement had moved east,5 miles upstream, and renamed Missoula Mills, shortened to Missoula. The mills provided supplies to settlers traveling along the Mullan Road. The establishment of Fort Missoula in 1877 to protect settlers further stabilized the economy, the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1883 brought rapid growth and the maturation of the local lumber industry. In 1893, the Montana Legislature chose the city as the site for the states first university, along with the U. S. Forest Service headquarters founded in 1908, lumber and the university remained staples of the local economy for the next hundred years.
The city is governed by a government with twelve city council members. Notable residents include the first woman in the U. S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, archaeological artifacts date the Missoula Valleys earliest inhabitants to the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago with settlements as early as 3500 BCE. From the 1700s until European settlements began a years later, it was primarily the Salish, Pend dOreille, Blackfeet. Hell Gate would remain the name of the area until it was renamed Missoula in 1866, the Lewis and Clark Expedition brought the first U. S. citizens to the area. They twice stopped just south of Missoula at Travelers Rest and they camped there the first time on their westbound trip in September 1805. When they stayed there again on their return in June–July 1806, Clark left heading south along the Bitterroot River and Lewis traveled north, through Hellgate Canyon. The desire for a more convenient water supply to power a lumber, the Missoula Mills replaced Hell Gate Village as the economic power of the valley and replaced it as the county seat in 1866.
The name Missoula came from the Salish name for the Clark Fork River, Fort Missoula was established in 1877 to help protect further arriving settlers. Growth accelerated with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1883, in 1893, Missoula was chosen as the location of the states first university, the University of Montana. The continued economic windfall from railroad construction and lumber mills led to a boom in Missoulas population. A. B. Hammond and Copper Kings Marcus Daly and William A. Clark competed fiercely in the region over lumber share, the United States Forest Service work in Missoula began in 1905
Abilene Christian Wildcats football
The team are members of the Southland Conference. The schools first football team was fielded in 1919, the team played its home games at the 15,075 seat Shotwell Stadium through the 2016 season, the team will open the new on-campus Wildcat Stadium on September 16,2017. Adam Dorrel is the head coach, for the 2013 season, Abilene Christian competed as an Independent in the NCAA Division I FCS
Albertsons Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in the western United States, located on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. It is the field of the Boise State Broncos of the Mountain West Conference. Known as Bronco Stadium for its first 44 seasons, it was renamed in May 2014 when Albertsons, opened 47 years ago in 1970, it was a track & field stadium and hosted the NCAA track & field championships twice, in 1994 and 1999. Albertsons Stadium is widely known for its unusual blue playing surface, installed in 1986 and it was the first non-green playing surface in football history and remained the only one among NCAA Division I FBS schools for over 20 years. Since 1997, it has hosted the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Albertsons Stadium is located at the east end of the BSU campus, bordered by Broadway Avenue to the east, University Drive to the south, and the Boise River to the north. The elevation of its field is 2,695 feet above sea level. Albertsons Stadium is the first venue to hold its name, when it was Bronco Stadium, it was the fourth venue and second of the same name at Boise State, the three on-campus stadiums were built in 1940,1950, and 1970, respectively.
During its first years at its campus, BJC football was played at Public School Field. The site was the home of East Junior High School from 1953 to 2009, after the college moved to its present campus in 1940, College Field opened in September 1940 with lights and a seating capacity of 1,000. Also called Chaffee Field, it was used through 1949 for junior college football, in the 1950s it became the baseball field, until right field was displaced by the construction of the Student Union Building, which opened in 1967. The baseball field migrated slightly east, until it was eliminated in 1980 by the construction of the BSU Pavilion and it was in approximately the same location as the present stadium, but aligned northwest to southeast. The 45° offset was designed to keep the sun of mid-October out of the players eyes. From the 1920s through 1968, the University of Idaho Vandals usually played one game per season in Boise. After Boise State joined the Big Sky in 1970, Idaho discontinued its practice of scheduling games in Boise.
The Boise College football program upgraded from college to four-year status in 1968. The school became Boise State College in 1969 and the Broncos were accepted into the NCAA in October, a month the school was voted into the Big Sky Conference, effective fall 1970. Following the 1969 football season, the first Bronco Stadium was razed in November, Boise State began NCAA competition in 1970 in the College Division in a brand new venue. The first game at the new Bronco Stadium was on September 11, the $2.2 million concrete stadium opened with a seating capacity of 14,500 and a green AstroTurf playing field, configured in the traditional north-south direction, and an all-weather running track
Big Sky Conference
The Big Sky Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I, with football competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the western United States in the nine states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, four affiliate members each participate in one sport. Two schools from California are football-only participants, and two schools from the Northeast participate only in mens golf, the name Big Sky came from the popular 1947 western novel by A. B. Guthrie Jr. The 2012–13 season marked the completion of 50 years of competition and 25 years sponsoring women’s collegiate athletics. Before the season the league introduced a new logo to celebrate this, the 25th season of women’s athletics marked a first for the league, as Portland State won the league’s inaugural softball championship. Womens sports were conducted in the Mountain West Athletic Conference. The Big Sky sponsors championships in 16 sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, golf and outdoor track and field, there are championships in football, and in women’s volleyball and softball.
All 12 of the Big Skys full members will play football in the conference once Idaho drops from the FBS to FCS in 2018, North Dakota will leave the non-football side of the Big Sky in 2018 to join the Summit League. The football team remain in the Big Sky until 2020. Notes Gonzaga, which has not fielded a team since 1941, was a charter member in 1963. Each core member institution is required to participate in all of the 13 core sports, mens core sports are basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis. Womens core sports are basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis participate as football-only affiliates, otherwise participating in the Big West Conference. Binghamton and Hartford are affiliates in mens golf only, otherwise participating in the America East Conference, before the 2014–15 school year, the latter two schools had participated in mens golf alongside five full Big Sky members in the single-sport America Sky Conference.
The return of Idaho brought the number of participating in mens golf to six. The Big Sky is unusual among Division I all-sports conferences in not sponsoring baseball, the conference originally sponsored baseball, with all members participating. When Boise State and Northern Arizona arrived for the 1971 season, competition was split into two divisions of four each, with the winners in a best-of-three championship series. Montana State and Montana soon dropped the sport and by the 1973 season, only six teams remained but the divisions were kept, in May 1974, the Big Sky announced its intention to discontinue five of its ten sponsored sports. It retained football, cross-county and wrestling, and dropped conference competition in baseball, tennis, swimming, of the eleven Big Sky baseball titles, four each went to Idaho and Gonzaga, and three to Weber State
Holt Arena is an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium in the western United States, located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. It is the field of the Idaho State Bengals of the Big Sky Conference. Originally named the ASISU Minidome, it opened 47 years ago in 1970 at the end of the ISU campus. Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a campus in the United States. Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it, since the Astrodomes 2006 closure Holt Arena has been the oldest enclosed stadium in use. The original artificial turf installed in 1970 was Poly-Turf, the venue was renamed in 1988 to honor Milton W. Dubby Holt, ISUs athletic director from 1967 to 1989. As assistant athletic director, Holt conceived the indoor arena in 1966, although a controversial design proposal for the time, ISU students voted to appropriate not more than $2.8 million to the project two years later. The arena was entirely with these voluntary student funds. With over 56% in favor, ISU students approved a twelve dollar increase in fees to fund the stadium in early 1968.
After 41 football seasons on Poly-Turf and AstroTurf, infilled synthetic turf was installed in Holt Arena in July 2011, similar to FieldTurf, the SoftTop Removable Matrix System is installed in Cowboys Stadium in the NFL. Holt Arena replaced the outdoor Spud Bowl as the Bengals home football stadium in 1970, davis Field continues as the home venue for outdoor track and field and soccer. Holt Arena serves as home for the ISU indoor track and field team and it hosts high school football games, the famous Simplot Games high school indoor track meet, along with other sporting events, rodeos and other activities. The Bengals were allowed to stay home for the first round of the 32-team 1977 NCAA basketball tournament, as the Minidome had a pair of first round games on Saturday, UCLA defeated Louisville and hometown ISU beat Long Beach State. Between the Big Sky tourney and the NCAA games, the venue hosted the states three-day A-1 high school championship tournament. Holt Arena features 194,400 square feet of floor space, Holt Arena is one of three indoor football stadiums currently in use in the Big Sky Conference, along with Walkup Skydome at NAU and Alerus Center at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The University of Idaho returned to the conference in the summer of 2014, and will rejoin for football in 2018
Portland State Vikings football
The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The schools first football team was fielded in 1947, the team plays its home games at the 20,483 seat Providence Park. Viking football practice takes place on campus at the Peter W. Stott Field, the Vikings have appeared in the Division II playoffs seven times with an overall record of 11–7
Ogden /ˈɒɡdɛn/ is a city and the county seat of Weber County, United States, approximately 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, the city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is known for its historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains. Ogden is a city of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Weber, Davis. The 2010 Census placed the Metro population at 597,159, in 2010, Forbes rated the Ogden-Clearfield MSA as the 6th best place to raise a family. Ogden has had a Sister City relationship to Hof since 1954, originally named Fort Buenaventura, the city of Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah. It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846 about a mile west of where downtown Ogden is currently located, in November 1847, Fort Buenaventura was purchased by the Mormon settlers for $1,950.
There is some confusion in which Ogden was the first to set foot in the Utah city, peters older brother Samuel Ogden traveled though the western United States on an exploration trip in 1818. The site of the original Fort Buenaventura is now a Weber County park, Ogden is the closest sizable city to the Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869. Railroad passengers traveling west to San Francisco from the eastern United States typically passed through Ogden, in 1972, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints completed construction of and dedicated the Ogden Utah Temple in Ogden. The temple was built to serve the large LDS population in the area, in 2010, the LDS Church announced a major renovation of the Ogden Temple and the adjacent Tabernacle. The Temple was rededicated in 2014, because Ogden has historically been the second largest city in Utah, it is home to a large number of historic buildings. However, by the 1980s, several Salt Lake City suburbs, the Defense Depot Ogden Utah operated in Ogden from 1941 to 1997.
Some of its 1,128 acres has since converted into a commercial and industrial park called the Business Depot Ogden. Ogden is located at 41°13′11″N 111°58′16″W, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.6 square miles, all land. Elevations in the city range from about 4,300 to 5,200 feet above sea level, the Ogden and Weber Rivers, which originate in the mountains to the east, flow through the city and meet at a confluence just west of the city limits. Pineview Dam is located in the Ogden River Canyon 7 miles east of Ogden, the reservoir behind the dam provides over 110,000 acre feet of water storage and water recreation for the area. Prominent mountain peaks near Ogden include Mount Ogden to the east, Ogden experiences a dry summer continental climate
University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band
The University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band is the school band of the University of Montana. As of 2015, the band had about 140 members, the band was started in the late 1800s. It largely specializes in contemporary corps-style outdoor marching, playing at home game. The group travels to several games in the Northwest and has accompanied the football team to four Division I-AA National Championships. In addition to the entertainment, it makes several appearances in the community each season. University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band website Videos of Grizzly Marching Band in 2008 season
Idaho State Bengals football
The Idaho State Bengals football program represents Idaho State University in college football and plays its home games at Holt Arena, an indoor facility on campus in Pocatello, Idaho. Idaho State is a member of the Big Sky Conference in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Through the 2011 season, the Bengals have a record of 451–472–20. After a winless 0–11 season in 1979, Bud Hake was fired three years and a 5–28 record. Dave Kragthorpe was hired as coach for the 1980 season. The following season, ISU won the Division I-AA Championship, following two playoff victories at home, the Bengals defeated Eastern Kentucky 34–23 in the Pioneer Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The quarterback during the 12–1 championship season was senior Mike Machurek, Machurek spent over three seasons with the Detroit Lions, and had treatment for skin cancer during the second. Idaho State returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1983, but lost 27–20 at home in the first round to conference champion Nevada-Reno, the Bengals have not made another playoff appearance, although they were tri-Big Sky champions in 2002, all at 5–2 in conference play.
ISU was passed over for the playoffs, for Montana and Montana State, following the 2010 season, head coach John Zamberlin was fired after four seasons and Mike Kramer was hired as ISUs 25th head football coach. During his first season in 2011 the Bengals won only two games, Kramer was formerly the head coach at Eastern Washington and Montana State. Among his assistants are former University of Alabama football players Todd Bates and Rudy Griffin, on March 30,2017, Kramer resigned as head coach of the Bengals. The Idaho State Athletic Department promoted offensive coordinator Rob Phenicie to head coach, Idaho State formerly had spirited intrastate rivalries with both the University of Idaho and Boise State University, when all three schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals claim a rivalry with the Montana Grizzlies of Missoula and they were National Champions in 1981. The Bengals have had five two-time All-Americans, wide receiver Ed Bell, defensive end Josh Hays, placekicker Pete Garces, defensive end Jared Allen, Allen won the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award in 2003 as the top defensive player in the nation in Division 1-AA.
Wide receiver Rodrick Rumble was an All-American in 2011, a season in which he broke the Big Sky conference record for receptions with 112, return specialist Tavoy Moore was given first-team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association for the 2010 season. Punter Jon Vanderwielen earned several All-American honors in 2009, the Bengals play home games in Holt Arena, an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium located on the north end of the ISU campus. Completed in September 1970, Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a campus in the United States. Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it, the indoor arena was conceived by ISU athletic director Milton W. Dubby Holt in 1966
Eastern Washington Eagles football
The Eastern Washington Eagles football team represents Eastern Washington University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Eastern Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference and play at Roos Field, Eastern Washington University began fielding a football team in 1901, when the school was known at the time as the State Normal School and the team mascot was the Savages. Easterns first national affiliation came with joining the NAIA, Eastern competed in the NAIA until 1977, along the way advancing to the NAIA Football National Championship finals in 1967, losing to Fairmont State 28-21. This marked Eastern Washingtons first appearance in a championship game at any level of competition. During this time period, the school would undergo changes to its identity. The school name would change in 1937 to the Eastern Washington College of Education, the final change to the school name came in 1977 when the school was renamed Eastern Washington University. In 1973, the student body voted to make Eastern’s mascot the Eagles, shortly before that, the Eastern Board of Trustees declared Savages, its mascot through its first 92 years, no longer acceptable.
Eagles are native to eastern Washington and thus a logical choice for a replacement, Eastern joined the NCAA in 1978, and participated at the Division II level as an independent until 1984, when they moved up to Division I-AA, as an independent. Denied membership to the Big Sky Conference in May 1985, Eastern was extended an invitation in December 1986 to join, Eastern continues to participate in the Big Sky to this day and is now the sixth-most tenured member of the conference. The 2010 season would mark a number of firsts for Eastern Washingtons football program, the offseason would see a highly publicized move to install a red turf playing surface, the first of its kind in the country. Eastern would utilize the excitement and energy surrounding the program to complete its finest season of competition in the programs history, the 2010 season concluded with Eastern Washingtons first appearance in the FCS Championship Game. The Eagles defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 20-19 in Frisco, Texas to win the schools first national championship in football, the EWU football team plays at Roos Field, opened in 1967 and recently expanded and renovated in 2004 and 2010 to seat 11,702.
The stadium was originally named Woodward Field in honor of former Eagles head football and basketball coach Arthur C and it replaced the original Woodward Field, which was located near the present JFK Library. On May 20,2010 the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a change to Roos Field. Installation of the red synthetic turf was completed in September 2010, Eastern Washingtons red playing surface is known as The Inferno. The nickname was chosen through a vote conducted by Eastern on its athletic website, goeags. com. Voting began on August 4,2010 and allowed fans to choose from seven proposed names, red sea, red zone, big red, red carpet, ring of fire and lava pit. Inferno finished as the top choice and the nickname was revealed at the first home game with the new field on September 18,2010
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football
The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The schools first football team was fielded in 1931, the team plays its home games at the 17,500 seat Walkup Skydome. They are coached by Jerome Souers, the Lumberjacks have maintained numerous rivalries with their western counterparts. Competition has not only limited to the west. The Lumberjacks have taken on eastern programs such as the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Atlantic Owls, california State University, Northridge dropped its football program after the 2001 season and moved to the Big West Conference. Willard Reaves, Played pro football in the Canadian Football League, in the CFL he played for the Winnipeg BlueBombers, where his team won the 1984 Grey Cup and, in the same season, Reaves won the Most Outstanding Player Award. He played for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in the NFL, tom Jurich, The current athletic director at the University of Louisville Archie Amerson Pete Mandley Allan Clark Official website