Mountain West Conference

The Mountain West Conference (MW) is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) (formerly I-A). The MW officially began operations in July 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since its founding in 1999.[1]

Mountain West Conference
Established1999
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFBS
Members11
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
RegionWestern United States
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado
CommissionerCraig Thompson (since 1999)
Websitethemw.com
Locations

The charter members of the MW included the United States Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, San Diego State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming. Before forming the Mountain West Conference, seven of its eight charter members had been longtime members of the Western Athletic Conference, and half of these had been charter members of that conference from 1962. Overall, each school that has ever been either a full or football-only member of the MW spent at least three years in the WAC before joining the Mountain West.

History

Genesis

The creation of the MW was a delayed aftereffect of the 1996 NCAA conference realignment, which had initially been triggered two years earlier when the Big Eight Conference agreed to merge with four members of the Southwest Conference (SWC) to create the Big 12 Conference, which would begin competition in the 1996–97 school year.

The Western Athletic Conference, which had initially announced plans to expand beyond its then-current 10 members to at least 12, ended up with even more potential expansion prospects. Ultimately, the WAC took in three of the four SWC schools left out of the Big 12 merger—Rice University, Southern Methodist University (SMU), and Texas Christian University (TCU). Three other schools were added to bring the total membership to 16, namely Big West Conference members San Jose State University and UNLV, plus the University of Tulsa, an NCAA football independent and otherwise a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The WAC's 16 teams were divided into four four-team "quadrants", two of which rotated between the Mountain and Pacific Divisions every two years. However, the newly expanded WAC was soon wracked by tension between the established and new members.[2]

In spring 1998, BYU and Utah proposed a permanent split into two eight-team divisions. The proposal would have forced some schools into an unnatural alignment because of the geographic distribution of the conference.[2] Air Force was the most strident opponent of this proposal, threatening to become an independent.[2] Soon after the proposal by BYU and Utah, the presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met at Denver International Airport to discuss their future, and they agreed to break away from the WAC to form a new conference.[2] They invited the WAC members New Mexico, San Diego State, and UNLV to join them in what became the Mountain West Conference.

The next move for the MW came in 2005, when the conference added TCU, who had spent the previous four seasons in Conference USA (C-USA).

Early-2010s realignment

On June 11, 2010, Boise State University agreed to join the conference as its tenth member. On June 17, 2010, Utah announced it would be leaving the Mountain West to join what would become the Pac-12 Conference. On August 18, 2010, amidst rumors that BYU was considering leaving the Mountain West to go independent in football and rejoin the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports, the Mountain West Conference officially extended invitations to California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and the University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada). Both schools accepted and would become the tenth and eleventh members of the league.[3][4] BYU announced on August 31, 2010 that it would leave the Mountain West Conference and go Independent in football and become a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) in other sports starting in 2011.[5] On November 29, 2010, TCU announced all athletic teams would move to the Big East Conference effective in 2012.[6] (Less than a year later, on October 10, 2011, TCU announced it would not join the Big East but would join the Big 12, home to fellow former SWC members Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, and formerly Texas A&M, in 2012 instead.)[7] On December 10, 2010, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa accepted a bid to become the 10th member of the conference for football only.[8] These changes would leave the Mountain West Conference with 10 teams for the 2012 football season.

During the era of football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which was replaced by the College Football Playoff (CFP) in 2014, the MW champion qualified for a BCS bowl four times after the BCS formula was tweaked to allow teams from non-BCS conferences to play in BCS bowls if ranked in the top 12. However, two of the three schools that qualified are no longer with the conference.

On October 14, 2011, the Mountain West and C-USA announced a plan for a football only alliance.[9] On February 13, 2012, the two leagues announced that both conferences would be dissolving after the 2012–13 season to reform into one conference with at least 15 members for all sports, and a 16th team, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a football-only member.[10] However, when the two conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that due to NCAA rules, they would forfeit substantial revenues. Specifically, the new conference would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose future revenue distributions from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would not be able to collect exit fees from any members that departed to join the new conference.[11] As a result, the Mountain West and C-USA backed away from a full merger. In late March of that year, the commissioners of both conferences stated that all 16 schools had entered into binding agreements to form a new "association",[12] although the Mountain West and C-USA would have apparently remained separate legal entities.[11] In the end, this alliance never materialized due to both conferences soon adding new teams.

On May 2, 2012, San Jose State and Utah State agreed to join the conference for the 2013–14 academic year. On December 31 of that year, Boise State announced that it had backed out of its previously announced move to the Big East for football and the Big West for other sports, and would remain in the MW.[13]

On January 16, 2013, San Diego State accepted an offer to remain/return to the Mountain West Conference in all sports. Keeping SDSU in the conference gives the Mountain West 12 football members, allowing for a Championship Game to be held. The first championship game took place on December 7, 2013.[14]

Potential further expansion

In February 2018, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the MW was looking to expand in the near future. In the report, commissioner Craig Thompson revealed that the conference had discussed expansion with six schools, with WCC member Gonzaga (which has not sponsored football since World War II) the only school mentioned by name. Thompson added that Gonzaga could potentially join the MW as a full but non-football member as early as July 2018. While Thompson said that BYU had not contacted the conference, the report indicated that BYU would be open to an MW return, at least in non-football sports, should Gonzaga join.[15] A later Union-Tribune report indicated that talks were advanced enough that the conference's presidents planned a vote on an invitation to Gonzaga during the MW men's and women's basketball tournaments in Las Vegas, but decided to delay the vote until after the Final Four.[16] However, on April 2, the day of the Division I men's title game, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth notified the MW, the WCC, and media that the school would remain in the WCC for the immediate future.[17]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Endowment Nickname Colors Joined
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954 4,111 $47 million Falcons           1999
Boise State University Boise, Idaho 1932 25,540 $107.9 million Broncos           2011
California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) Fresno, California 1911 24,995 $161.5 million Bulldogs           2012
Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 1870 33,694 $355.9 million Rams           1999
University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) Reno, Nevada 1874 21,463 $363.8 million Wolf Pack           2012
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Paradise, Nevada 1957 30,457 $278.5 million Rebels           1999
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 24,393 $452.5 million Lobos           1999
San Diego State University San Diego, California 1897 34,881 $293 million Aztecs           1999
San Jose State University San Jose, California 1857 34,992 $150.1 million Spartans                2013
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 27,932 $375.4 million Aggies                2013
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming 1886 12,450 $550.9 million Cowboys & Cowgirls           1999

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
conference
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 2,131 Tigers           2014 soccer (W) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Honolulu, Hawai'i 1907 18,865 Rainbow Warriors                     2012 football Big West

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875 Cougars 1999 2011 West Coast /
Independent (football only)
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Horned Frogs 2005 2012 Big 12
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1850 Utes 1999 2011 Pac-12

Membership timeline

 Full members   Associate members (football only)   Associate members (other) 

NCAA team championships

Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles, women's AIAW championships (17), equestrian titles (0), and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles.[18]

School Total Men Women Co-ed
San Jose State 10 7 3 0
Wyoming 3 1 0 2
Fresno State 2 1 1 0
New Mexico 3 0 2 1
UNLV 2 2 0 0
Colorado State 1 1 0 0
Boise State 1 1 0 0
San Diego State 1 1 0 0
Air Force 0 0 0 0
Nevada 0 0 0 0
Utah State 0 0 0 0

See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences

Sports

The Mountain West Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[19] Hawai'i is only an associate member for football, and Colorado College is only an associate member for women's soccer.

Men's sports

Member Baseball Basket­ball Cross
country
Football Golf Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
MW
Sports
Air ForceYYYYYYYY 8
Boise StateYYYYYYYY 8
Fresno StateYYYYYYYY 8
Colorado StateNYYYYNYY 6
NevadaYYYYYYNN 6
UNLVYYNYYYNN 5
New MexicoYYYYYYYY 8
San Diego StateYYNYYYNN 5
San Jose StateYYYYYNYY 7
Utah StateNYYYYYYY 7
WyomingNYYYYNYY 6
Totals8119111188870
Affiliate Members
Hawai'iY 1

    Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by MW members

    SchoolFencing[lower-alpha 1]Gymna­sticsIce
    hockey
    Lac­rosseRifle[lower-alpha 2]SoccerSwimming
    & diving
    Water
    polo
    Wrestling
    Air ForceIndep­endentMPSFAtlantic HockeySoConPRCWACWACWWPABig 12
    Fresno StateBig 12
    UNLVWACWAC
    San Diego StatePac-12
    San Jose StateWACGCC
    WyomingWACBig 12
    1. Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team with men's and women's squads.
    2. Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.

    Women's sports

    Member Basket­ball Cross
    country
    Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
    & diving
    Tennis Track
    & Field
    Indoor
    Track
    & Field
    Outdoor
    Volley­ball Total
    MW
    Sports
    Air ForceYYNYNYYYYY 8
    Boise StateYYYYYYYYYY 10
    Fresno StateYYYYYYYYYY 10
    Colorado StateYYYYYYYYYY 10
    NevadaYYYYYYYYYY 10
    UNLVYYYYYYYYYY 10
    New MexicoYYYYYYYYYY 10
    San Diego StateYYYYYYYYYY 10
    San Jose StateYYYYYYYYYY 10
    Utah StateYYNYYNYYYY 8
    WyomingYYYYNYYYYY 9
    Totals111191191011111111104
    Affiliate Members
    Colorado CollegeY 1

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by MW members

    SchoolBeach
    volleyball
    EquestrianFencing[lower-alpha 1]GymnasticsLacrosseRifle[lower-alpha 2]RowingWater
    polo
    Air ForceIndependentMPSFPRC
    Boise StateIndependentMRGC
    Fresno StateIndependentMPSF
    Colorado StateWWPA
    NevadaPRC
    San Diego StateMPSFAmericanGolden Coast
    San Jose StateIndependentMPSFMPSF
    Utah StateMRGC
    1. Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team with men's and women's squads.
    2. Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.

    Conference champions

    Rivalries

    Conference (football)

    Totals and records following the completion of the 2019 football season.

    TeamsRivalry nameTrophyMeetings
    (last)
    RecordSeries
    leader
    Air Force Colorado State Air Force–Colorado State football rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy58
    (2019)
    36–21–1Air Force
    Hawai'i Air Force–Hawai'i football rivalry Kuter Trophy22
    (2019)
    14–7–1Air Force
    Boise State Fresno State Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry Milk Can22
    (2018)
    15–7Boise State
    Nevada Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 43
    (2018)
    30–13Boise State
    Fresno State Boise State Boise State–Fresno State football rivalry Milk Can22
    (2018)
    7–15Boise State
    Hawai'i Fresno State–Hawai'i football rivalry The Golden Screwdriver52
    (2019)
    29–22–1Fresno State
    San Diego State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can59
    (2019)
    25–30–4San Diego State
    San Jose State Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry Valley Cup83
    (2019)
    42–38–3Fresno State
    Colorado State Air Force Air Force–Colorado State football rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy58
    (2019)
    21–36–1Air Force
    Wyoming Border War Bronze Boot111
    (2019)
    58–48–5Colorado State
    Hawai'i Air Force Air Force–Hawai'i football rivalry Kuter Trophy22
    (2019)
    7–14–1Air Force
    Fresno State Fresno State–Hawai'i football rivalry The Golden Screwdriver52
    (2019)
    22–29–1Fresno State
    Wyoming Hawai'i–Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy24
    (2018)
    10–14Wyoming
    Nevada Boise State Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 43
    (2018)
    13–30Boise State
    UNLV Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon45
    (2019)
    27–18Nevada
    UNLV Nevada Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon45
    (2019)
    18–27Nevada
    San Diego State Fresno State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can59
    (2019)
    30–25–4San Diego State
    San Jose State El Camino Real Rivalry 43
    (2019)
    22–19–2San Diego State
    San Jose State Fresno State Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry Valley Cup83
    (2019)
    38–42–3Fresno State
    San Diego State El Camino Real Rivalry 43
    (2019)
    19–22–2San Diego State
    Utah State Wyoming Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle70
    (2019)
    40–26–4Utah State
    Wyoming Colorado State Border War Bronze Boot111
    (2019)
    48–58–5Colorado State
    Hawai'i Hawai'i–Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy24
    (2018)
    14–10Wyoming
    Utah State Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle70
    (2019)
    26–40–4Utah State

    Non-conference (including other sports)

    SchoolsFirst
    meeting
    GameTrophyReigning champion
    (last meeting)
    Next
    meeting
    Air Force / Army / Navy1972Commander-in-Chief's TrophyNavy
    (2019)
    2020
    Boise StateIdaho1971Battle of IdahoGovernor's CupBoise State
    (2010)
    Colorado StateColorado1893Rocky Mountain ShowdownCentennial CupColorado
    (2019)
    2020
    New MexicoArizona1908Arizona–New Mexico football rivalryKit Carson RifleArizona
    (2015)
    New MexicoNew Mexico State1894Rio Grande RivalryNew Mexico
    (2019)
    2020
    San Jose StateStanford1900Bill Walsh Legacy GameStanford
    (2013)
    Utah State / Brigham Young / Utah1971Beehive BootUtah
    (2016)
    Utah StateBrigham Young1922Battle for The Old Wagon WheelThe Old Wagon WheelBYU
    (2019)
    2020
    Utah StateUtah1892Battle of the BrothersUtah
    (2015)

    Football

    Divisions

    Beginning in 2013, the conference split into two divisions, named the "Mountain Division" and "West Division," of six teams each for football. The Mountain West also added a conference championship game, pitting the winners of the two divisions. This first championship game took place on December 7, 2013 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, the home stadium of Fresno State, the divisional winner with the higher BCS ranking.[20] Each team plays five divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually.[21] The 2015 championship game featured the Air Force Academy Falcons against the San Diego State University Aztecs. The 2016 championship game featured the San Diego State University Aztecs against the University of Wyoming Cowboys.

    Mountain Division West Division
    Air Force Fresno State
    Boise State Hawaiʻi
    Colorado State Nevada
    New Mexico UNLV
    Utah State San Diego State
    Wyoming San Jose State
    • No other MW sport is split into divisions — including women's soccer, the only other conference sport with 12 competing schools (with Colorado College as the 12th member).

    Bowl games

    The Mountain West Conference has agreements with six bowls for 2014–15. In addition, the MW champion has access to the so-called "New Year's Six" bowls associated with the College Football Playoff (CFP) under either of the following conditions:

    • It is one of the four highest-ranked teams overall, as determined by the CFP selection committee. In this case, it will play in one of the two bowl games that serve as CFP semifinals.
    • It is not a CFP semifinalist, but is the highest-ranked conference champion from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (American, C-USA, MAC, MW, Sun Belt), as determined by the selection committee. In this case, it will receive an "at-large" berth in one of the other four "New Year's Six" games.

    In the first season of the CFP in 2014, Boise State received the "Group of Five" at-large berth, landing in and winning the Fiesta Bowl.

    Pick Name Location Opposing
    conference
    Opposing
    pick
    1 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, Nevada Pac-12 6
    Non-specific Hawai'i Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii C-USA, BYU (2019) Non-specific
    Non-specific Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho MAC Non-specific
    Non-specific New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico C-USA Non-specific
    Non-specific Arizona Bowl Tucson, Arizona Sun Belt 5
    Conditional* Cactus Bowl Phoenix, Arizona Big 12 or Pac-12 6 (Big 12) or 7 (Pac-12)
    Conditional* San Francisco Bowl Santa Clara, California Big Ten or Pac-12 Non-specific (Big Ten) or 4 (Pac-12)
    • If Hawai'i is bowl eligible and not MW champions or selected for a CFP bowl, they will receive a berth in the Hawai'i Bowl.
      • The MW will only send a team to the Cactus or San Francisco Bowls if one of the primary conferences affiliated with those bowls is unable to fill their slots.

    Bowl records

    As of the 2018–19 bowl games

    SchoolAppearancesWLTWin
    %
    BCS/
    NY6
    National
    championships
    Fresno State 28 14 14 0 .500 0–0 0
    Air Force 26 12 13 1 .481 0–0 0
    Boise State 19[lower-alpha 1] 12 6 0 .667 3–0 2 — 1958 (NJCAA), 1980 (NCAA Division I-AA[lower-alpha 2])
    Colorado State 17 6 11 0 .353 0–0 0
    San Diego State 17 8 9 0 .471 0–0 3 — 1966–1968 (NCAA College Division[lower-alpha 3])
    Nevada 16 6 10 0 .375 0–0 0
    Wyoming 15 7 8 0 .467 0–0 0
    Utah State 13 5 8 0 .385 0–0 0
    New Mexico 13 4 8 1 .346 0–0 0
    Hawaiʻi 12 6 6 0 .500 0–1 0
    San Jose State 10 7 3 0 .700 0–0 0
    UNLV 3 2 1 0 .667 0–0 0
    1. Appeared in the 2018 First Responder Bowl, but the game was canceled midway through the first quarter due to lightning.
    2. In 2006, "Division I-AA" was renamed "Division I Football Championship Subdivision" or "Division I FCS" for short.
    3. The "NCAA College Division" was split into today's "NCAA Division II" and "NCAA Division III" in 1973. The NCAA considers all College Division championships to be part of the histories of Division II championships in the same sports.

    Bowl Challenge Cup

    ESPN created the Bowl Challenge Cup in 2002 for the conference that had the best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The conference has won it four times, more than any other conference, by finishing with bowl game records of 2-1 in 2004–05,[22] 4-1 in 2007–08,[23] 4-1 in 2009–10,[24] and 4-1 in 2010–11.[25]

    Men's Basketball

    The Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences hold an annual challenge series that was renewed in the 2015–16 season after a two-year hiatus. The series began in the 2009-10 season but temporarily ended when the original contract ran out after the 2012-13 season, During the first four seasons of the series, it involved all members of the MW and an equal number of the 10 MVC teams in basketball. With the MW now having 11 basketball members to the MVC's 10, the renewed series involves all MVC teams, with one MW team sitting out.

    The first game was on November 13, 2009, featuring the Bradley Braves and the BYU Cougars in Provo and it concluded on December 23 with the Wyoming Cowboys visiting the Northern Iowa Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The challenge is similar to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, which pits men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.[26]

    NCAA tournament records

    SchoolAppearancesWLWin
    %
    Wins per
    appearance
    National
    championships
    Utah State 21 6 23 .207 0.286 0
    UNLV 20 33 19 .635 1.650 1 (1990)
    New Mexico 15 8 16 .333 0.545 0
    Wyoming 14 9 19 .321 0.643 1 (1943)
    Colorado State 10 4 11 .267 0.375 0
    San Diego State 10 6 10 .375 0.444 0
    Nevada 8 6 8 .429 0.750 0
    Boise State 7 0 7 .000 0.000 0
    Fresno State 5 2 5 .286 0.400 0
    Air Force 4 0 4 .000 0.000 0
    San Jose State 3 0 3 .000 0.000 0

    Women's Basketball

    NCAA tournament records

    SchoolAppearancesWLWin
    %
    Wins per
    appearance
    National
    championships
    San Diego State 9 6 9 .400 0.571 0
    UNLV 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
    New Mexico 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
    Fresno State 6 0 6 .000 0.000 0
    Colorado State 5 5 5 .500 1.000 0
    Boise State 2 0 2 .000 0.000 0
    Wyoming 1 0 1 .000 0.000 0
    Air Force 0 0 0 0.000 0
    Nevada 0 0 0 0.000 0
    San Jose State 0 0 0 0.000 0
    Utah State 0 0 0 0.000 0

    Facilities

    School Football
    stadium
    Capacity Basketball
    arena
    Capacity Baseball
    stadium
    Capacity
    Air Force Falcon Stadium 46,692 Clune Arena 5,858 Falcon Baseball Field 1,000
    Boise State Albertsons Stadium 36,387 ExtraMile Arena 12,480 Memorial Stadium 3,452
    Fresno State Bulldog Stadium 41,031 Save Mart Center 15,544 Pete Beiden Field 5,422
    Colorado State Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium 41,200 Moby Arena 8,745 Non-baseball school
    Hawai'i Aloha Stadium 50,000 Football-only member
    Nevada Mackay Stadium 30,000 Lawlor Events Center 11,784 William Peccole Park 3,000
    UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium[lower-alpha 1] 36,800 Thomas & Mack Center (men)
    Cox Pavilion (women)
    18,776
    2,500
    Earl Wilson Stadium 3,000
    New Mexico Dreamstyle Stadium 39,224 Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit[lower-alpha 2] 15,411 Santa Ana Star Field 1,000
    San Diego State SDCCU Stadium 54,000[lower-alpha 3] Viejas Arena 12,414 Tony Gwynn Stadium 3,000
    San Jose State CEFCU Stadium 30,456 Event Center Arena 5,000 San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200
    Utah State Maverik Stadium 25,513 Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 10,270 Non-baseball school
    Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 30,514 Arena-Auditorium 15,028 Non-baseball school
    Notes
    1. Set to be replaced in 2020 by Allegiant Stadium (capacity 65,000).
    2. More commonly known as The Pit (stylized as The PIT).
    3. Artificially reduced capacity; full capacity is 71,400.

    Elevation

    The Mountain West's slogan is "Above the rest," and over half of the member institutions, plus women's soccer-only member Colorado College, are at more than 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) above sea level. This impacts endurance in sports like football, soccer, and the distance races in track & field and swimming meets, and aerodynamics in baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and the discus and javelin throws. The Mountain West's institutions have the highest average elevations in NCAA Division I sports.

    Campus and football stadium elevations

    Schools in italics are single-sport members. In the case of women's soccer-only member Colorado College, "Stadium Elevation" refers to the school's soccer venue.

    School Campus
    Elevation (ft)
    Stadium
    Elevation (ft)
    Air Force Academy 7,258 6,621
    Wyoming 7,198 7,215
    Colorado College 6,053 6,053
    New Mexico 5,174 5,100
    Colorado State 5,007 5,190
    Utah State 4,777 4,710
    Nevada 4,564 4,610
    Boise State 2,697 2,695
    UNLV 2,024 1,600
    San Diego State 433 25
    Fresno State 338 335
    Hawai'i 105 19
    San Jose State 85 93

    Elevation by conference

    Conference Average
    Campus Elevation (ft)
    Notes
    Mountain West 3,596 3,305 for football schools, including Hawaiʻi
    3,801 for women's soccer schools, including Colorado College
    Big Sky 2,968
    WAC 1,967
    Summit League 1,295
    Pac-12 1,205
    • Elevation data obtained from the USGS Geographic Names Information System

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