Athletics Impact

Gonzaga has drawn 6,000 fans for every one of its 80 home
games in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

When Americans think of Gonzaga, they think of Spokane

  • Men’s basketball has enjoyed 12 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament (1999-2010), and won almost 95 percent of games in The Kennel
  • Women’s Basketball Coach Kelly Graves has built the women’s team into a national presence, drawing 3,000 fans per home game
  • 20 men’s basketball games were televised (2009-10) to a national audience, featuring Spokane as home of the Bulldogs
  • Gonzaga plays big-name opponents: Duke, Stanford, North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas
  • Gonzaga athletes contributed more than 1,000 hours of community service in 2009-2010, working largely with the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Soles4Souls, Campus Kitchens, Page Ahead and local schools
  • Web hits during March Madness at and increase 400-800 percent


Harry Sladich

"The notoriety of the GU
Bulldogs helped our team
sell the Spokane community
across the nation."
- Harry Sladich, former
president, Spokane
Convention & Visitors Bureau

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