Major upgrades are in the works for Albertsons Stadium, as Boise State intends to move forward with plans for an east side renovation to the facility.
Under plans announced by Boise State on Thursday, the renovation will be broad in scope. Among the key features of the project include an exterior facelift, expanded concourse, upgraded amenities, premium seating, a brand-new academic center, and a dedicated home for BroncoLife. This would represent a notable overhaul to Alberstons Stadium, with Boise State seeking to provide upgraded fan and student-athlete amenities, while adding more premium areas.
There are still a few details to determine at this point, including the timeline and cost, and the project will have to go through an approval process with university leadership and the State Board of Education. Boise State is planning to fund the renovations with a combination of private fundraising and money associated with new premium seating options.
A timeline for the project will be established once it has been determined how quickly necessary revenue streams will be generated in order to begin the approval process with university leadership and the State Board of Education. This will not affect season ticket holders for the 2020 season.
Additionally, until the project is approved and put out to bid, the actual cost is unable to be determined. The project will be funded with 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 Boise State Director of Athletics Curt Apsey. “That’s what is so special about the East Side Renovation. This project benefits everybody.”
As a result of the renovation, new seating options will become available on the east side and include a reconfigured lower bowl and premium seating. Those displaced will have priority in the reconfigured lower bowl based on their priority rank. All other season ticket holders will be able to select new seats during the normal upgrade process.
The project, once completed, will offer two different seating options:
1. The lower bowl of the east side will be changing, with Boise State planning to put east side ticket holders closer to the field, while providing a larger concourse with upgraded restrooms and concessions.
2. 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 added along with a premium indoor club space with expanded food and beverage options. Current season ticket holders can add their name to a wait list for premium seating options.
“Our mentality is about being in a constant state of improving and getting better,” Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin said. “That’s the entire ‘Attack The Future’ push that defines our program.
“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. This project is a game changer for Bronco football on so many levels.”
Renderings courtesy Boise State Athletics.