The Kennel was recently ranked by Sports Illustrated as the fourth toughest arena in the country in a survey of opposing teams. Gonzaga's student run organization "The Kennel Club" is in part responsible for the nightmares other teams have when thinking about a trip to play the Bulldogs on their home court.

Started by a group of students and Gonzaga baseball players in 1984, The Kennel Club has evolved into a 700-plus member, student run organization which is a vital part of making the Gonzaga basketball experience, one-of-a-kind. Mike Shields, one of the clubs founders, remembers former coach Jay Hillock once telling him that The Kennel Club was worth 6 to 8 points a game for the Bulldogs.

Over the 17 years of Kennel Club's existence the Bulldogs have won over 75 percent of their games including over 90 percent during the last eight seasons. Gonzaga currently has the nation's third longest home winning streak. On Feb. 16, 2002, the Kennel Club received its first national exposure when the Bulldogs played their first national televised game from The Kennel, a 91-78 victory over Pepperdine on ESPN2.

During the club's run at Gonzaga they have been very creative in their chants about opposing players and coaches. Shields remembers in the clubs early days when the group spelled out the word 'toupee' to greet Loyola Marymount head coach Ed Goorjian. The coach approached the club after the game and expressed his thoughts about the value of the club, simply saying "I wish we had guys like you at LMU."
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