Wall built at Boise State... is it tremendous?; Alumni Center update

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BOISE - With a flood of stories about the Broadway Bridge project and its hoped-for opening in time for Boise State's season home opener against Washington State - there's a piece of the project that might surprise many tailgaters.

A wall. Plus a fence. A wall-fence. (A certain presidential candidate would probably call it beautiful and tremendous).

The berm that separates the east parking lot of Albertsons Stadium and Broadway Avenue has always been a quick way for spectators and tailgaters to dart across the state highway to get to the stadium. But the new Broadway bridge brought about a change that will limit access and better contain the tailgating fun.

Access from Broadway is now limited to just two points - Broadway and University near the Shell gas station, and the opposite corner near the bridge and Christ Chapel. Both points are given wide ADA-compliant ramps (versus steep, hilly, often muddy grass berms). Pedestrians can also still access the parking lot area from the Greenbelt as it crosses under Broadway.

This is one of two new fences near the Boise State campus -- a new wrought-iron fence along Capitol Blvd. has been added to discourage jaywalkers on the west side of campus  and funnel them to University or the new Royal Blvd. crossings.

The bridge itself is principally complete - with many details left to be finished.

Alumni Center nears completion

The new Alumni & Friends Center is finished on the outside - with crews working to complete the interior portion of the structure ahead of a planned October 15th opening in time for homecoming.  The five-story, 40,000 square foot building sits directly across from Albertsons Stadium - and was funded with $12-million in private donations. It will feature a ballroom, conference rooms and meeting rooms - even a "living room" with fireplace.

The site of a former eye doctor's office - the site also includes ample parking very near the stadium for boosters.

The gleaming brick-and-glass building is the latest addition to the east side of campus, and is adorned with donor names on plaques and bricks outside.  

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Don Day

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