Boise State plans Albertsons Stadium renovation

The athletics division of Boise State University has revealed a renovation project for Albertsons Stadium which intends to revamp the east side of the venue.

The project will lead to a complete remodel of the east side of Albertsons Stadium with a focus on touching every aspect of Bronco Athletics. Highlights include an exterior facelift, expanded concourse, upgraded amenities, premium seating, a brand-new academic centre and a dedicated home for the BroncoLife programme.

The project, once completed, will offer two different seating options. Boise State said it is committed to offering current ticket holders in the lower bowl of the east side with a better experience at a reasonable price. Fans will be closer to the field than ever before and be able to utilise a larger concourse with upgraded restrooms and concessions.

Premium seating will be offered on the east side lower bowl of Albertsons Stadium for the first time. Approximately 300 club seats and 36 four-person loge boxes will be installed, along with a premium indoor club space with expanded food and beverage options.

Bronco Athletics said a timeline for the project will be outlined once it can be determined how quickly the necessary finances can be generated to begin the approval process with University leadership and the State Board of Education. However, officials said the project will not affect season ticket holders for the 2020 season.

Additionally, the actual cost will not be determined until the project is approved and put out to bid. However, it will be funded through a combination of private fundraising and money associated with new premium seating options.

“It is a rare opportunity to take on a project that will impact every student-athlete in our department and our fans,” said director of athletics Curt Apsey. “That’s what is so special about the East Side Renovation. This project benefits everybody.”

Albertsons Stadium opened in September 1970 and has a current capacity of around 36,387. The Idaho Statesman notes that the stadium plan comes amid falling attendances and ticket revenue at the stadium.

The newspaper said average attendance for college American football games dropped from 35,404 in 2012 to 32,070 in 2019. Season ticket sales fell from 24,109 to 16,580 during the same period.

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