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‘Game changer:’ Boise State to revamp east end of Albertsons Stadium

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Boise State said Thursday it would completely revamp the east side of Albertsons Stadium.

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The aging east side of the stadium lacks many facilities featured on the west side. The west end saw upgrades thorough remodeling as part of the Steuckle Sky Center addition.

The plan calls for 36 new premium “loge” box seating areas, for four. It would also add 300 new luxury seats.

The school did not announce a timeline for the changes. As BoiseDev just reported this morning, the school told the City of Boise changes to the east side would be more than ten years away. We’ve asked for clarification from school officials and will update this story.

The school said a cost estimate is not yet in – it would come after the project goes up for bid.

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The new look would include expanded concourse, new exterior look, additional amenities, premium centers, and an academic center.

[Official: no stadium in Boise; what’s next for the project, the Hawks and the now-former site]

Boise State said it would eliminate some parking on the east side. It didn’t say how many spaces could disappear.

‘Rare opportunity’ for Albertsons Stadium

“It is a rare opportunity to take on a project that will impact every student-athlete in our department and our fans,” Boise State athletic director Apsey said in a prepared statement. “That’s what is so special about the east side renovation. This project benefits everybody.”

The school will also add new seating options and reconfigure the lower bowl

“Enhancing the east side of Albertsons Stadium with additional premium seating, upgraded fan amenities and experience options and developing an area that will benefit our student-athletes academically, nutritionally and in life skills and career development is absolutely vital to the success of our program,” Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin said. “This project is a game-changer for Bronco football on so many levels.”

Renderings show a new structure under the existing east side bowl facing Broadway Ave. New enhanced plaza areas and the academic center would push out from the stadium.

Albertsons Stadium primarily hosts six to seven Boise State football games each year. It also features the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and this summer’s Garth Brooks concert.

This is the latest in dozens of stadium updates over the years. Bronco Stadium – now Albertsons Stadium – first opened in its current form nearly 50 years ago in 1970.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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