Boise State University is evaluating potential large-scale changes to the basketball and events arena on campus.
The school hired Hummel Architects in 2019 for a study of the arena, according to records obtained by BoiseDev. The “Taco Bell Arena Feasibility Study” called for a concept study for “addition, renovated and remodeled” spaces of the facility now known as ExtraMile Arena.
The arena, originally known as the Pavillion, was built on the campus of Boise State University in 1982. The footprint and design of the building have remained largely the same in the years since, with periodic upgrades to facilities, video, and audiovisual capabilities. Along with hosting the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the arena has welcomed artists from Beyonce to Elton John to the Nirvana and hundreds more.
Now, with the arena approaching its 40th birthday, it could see a whole new look.
Upgrades inside and out
Hummel posted renderings to its website for a “confidential” client, but one of the renderings clearly shows the Caven-Williams Sports Complex in the background.
The images show a dramatic change to the primary entrance to the arena, which faces to the southeast. A glass structure is shown jutting out of the current facade, with dramatic lighting and a staircase visible inside. The architecture features a design language similar to that used in renderings of potential changes to the Liberal Arts building on campus, which BoiseDev reported on last week.
A cutaway image (above) shows changes to the building’s loading dock area, as well as locker room facilities. Another view of the opposite corner (below) shows a similar added glass structure, as well as changes to the overall facade of the building.