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Boise State details $300m venue development plan

Boise State Athletics has released updated details for the north end zone of Albertsons Stadium and renovations to ExtraMile Arena, which will form part of a wider venue development plan totalling more than $300m (£248m/€294m).

In April, Boise State unveiled its vision for an ‘Athletics Master Village’ after a complete venue assessment by AECOM’s sports practice.

The latest update includes the athletics department’s initial project-based cost analysis for the village, with the $300m-plus plan highlighted by $129.4m in upgrades for Albertsons Stadium. Boise State said the latest details are a result of the continued collaboration with AECOM.

The college has a $36.1m vision for a state-of-the-art facility to be constructed at field level in the north end zone of Albertsons Stadium, which has a capacity of around 36,000. North end zone amenities will include 10 field-level suites, loge seating, premium club seating and a 360-degree concourse for fans.

ExtraMile Arena updates include expanding the performance and training capabilities for men’s and women’s basketball, as well as adding premium game-day experience opportunities for fans. An expansion of the Arguinchona Basketball Complex will also add coaches’ offices and a state-of-the-art weight room alongside the existing practice gym.

The $19.4m project will bring accommodations for two premium club spaces, a dedicated premium entrance and enhanced mezzanine, and loge and club seating.

The cost analysis also includes a new $100.3m, 5,000-seat Olympic sports arena that would be capable of hosting beach volleyball, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. It would include a shared concourse with a new indoor tennis complex.

Director of athletics Jeramiah Dickey said: “Since our initial unveiling in April, we have had the opportunity to further define details with key projects which includes a much better understanding of total cost.

“While unprecedented and bold, we are unwavering in our vision to create elite facilities and experiences for our student-athletes and Bronco Nation. Our aggressive fundraising strategy is already well underway and we aim to announce progress by the end of this year.”

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