Boise State unveils Bronco Stadium master plan with 53,000 seats
By Chadd Cripe
Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier on Friday unveiled a master plan for Bronco Stadium that eventually would increase capacity to 53,000 seats and likely cost more than $100 million.
However, the school doesn't have a timeline for the project — which would come in phases and include a new football training room/equipment room/locker room/office complex — and hasn't raised any money yet.
The plan includes lowering the field to put a new bowl of seats at field level, two seating expansions and the football facility in the north end zone, club seats and a new concourse on the east side and horseshoeing the south end. The current capacity is 33,500.
The north end has become the preferred expansion end because of the difficulty of building on the south end, where the current football facilities are, Bleymaier said.
The first step is to raise $2.5 million to complete Dona Larsen Park, the new track and high school football complex.
Bleymaier and football coach Chris Petersen emphasized the importance of this project for the future of the program.
About 550 boosters are set to listen to the stadium presentation Friday night.
"Our plea tonight is we need to get this done ASAP," Bleymaier said. "We're moving into the Mountain West. We've raised the bar. We're in tall company right now. If we want to stay in the Top 10 in the country, we've got to fill in the gaps. Right now we're an outlier — plain and simple.
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No timetable set, but that is one impressive looking stadium. With Kustra and Bleymaier at the helm, I expect this to get done. The boosters will come through just like they did the skybox. This will be a very impressive for the University as well as the City. Lets get this project funded and underway!!