San Jose State University football program’s home is the Spartan Stadium, a 30000 seats capacity venue which was opened in 1933 and had been a home for variety of teams from various disciplines, now having only one tenant.
The venue received some significant improvements in recent years including a new JumboTron for the fans viewing pleasure that is definitely going to improve sale of San Jose State Spartan tickets for football games.
Basketball takes place at the Event Center Arena, which has a multitude of uses besides hosting basketball games. The arena was built in 1989 and it can hold over 4500 spectators during sporting events.
San Jose State University established a football program in 1893 and basketball was added later in 1909. Since 2013 The Spartans compete in West Division of Mountain West Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The university is represented by an official mascot of Sammy the Spartan and the colours of the school are blue, white and gold. The Spartans have two main rivals in Fresno State and Stanford.
Football program at the San Jose State won nearly as many games as they had lost with an all- time record of 480-483-37. The Spartans claimed 16 conference championships and took part in 10 Bowl games beginning with a shutout win against Utah State at Raisin Bowl in 1947 all the way to their latest game at Cure Bowl in 2015 that resulted with a win against Georgia State. To date the Spartans are 7-3 in Bowl games.
There were around 120 Spartans who made it to NFL including one NFL Rookie of the Year and two MVP award winners. Some of the better known names include Bill Leavy, retired football official that was assigned to 15 play off games and two Super Bowls; Jeff Garcia, quarterback who played for several teams during his career. He was four times Pro Bowler, and once NFC passing leader; and Bill Walsh a three times Super Bowl champion as a head coach leading the 49ers, twice coach of the year by various agencies and Pro Football Hall of Famer inducted in 1993.
Basketball at San Jose State University has not had as much success as football program did as the Spartans have only managed to appear in three NCAA tournaments with long gaps in between each appearance. Their first one was in 1951 and their latest occurred in 1996.
San Jose State was ten times conference tournament champions winning the crown in six different conferences and claiming the most titles from California Collegiate Athletic Association with three titles. Their latest championship was when they were part of Big West Conference in 1996.
It’s not a big surprise to know there weren’t many Spartans who made it to NBA including Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman who played nine seasons in ABA/NBA winning two ABA championships with the Pacers. Hillman was known from the stories of being able to pick up quarters off the top of backboards.
San Jose State is better known for its football program creating able athletes who can find their feet once in pro leagues. Basketball never had much success there but it doesn’t mean things can’t change at any time.