Spokane among 'Final 4' Picks for 'Slam-Dunk College Towns'

drone view of campus

January 21, 2015
SPOKANE, Washington – The February/March edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine recognizes Spokane as one of “The Final 4: Our Picks for Slam-Dunk College Towns” thanks to the Gonzaga University Bulldogs – men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The two-page spread (p. 26-27), authored by Katie Knorovsky, features four photos and short paragraphs about the most spirited college basketball communities in the nation, also including: Lawrence, Kansas/University of Kansas Jayhawks; Chapel Hill, North Carolina/University of North Carolina Tar Heels; and Syracuse, New York, home to the Syracuse University Orange.

The story includes a picture of the bronze bulldog statue – named “This is Our House” – on the grounds of the McCarthey Athletic Center, seeming to guard the arena.

“Most of the year, Gonzaga University quietly minds its own business . . . during March Madness, this small Jesuit school unleashes the Bulldogs.” The piece also mentions Spokane’s iconic Jack & Dan’s Tavern and notes the Gonzaga student section is more rambunctious than average, contributing to the Gonzaga men’s best home record in college basketball.