BOISE — The improvements keep on coming for coach Chris Petersen and the Boise State football team.
Just as the new $22 million football facility prepares to open later this summer, it appears more construction could soon be coming to the north end of Bronco Stadium.
Boise State announced Wednesday evening that the Idaho State Board of Education approved a $2 million request from Boise State Athletics for the purchase of a badly-needed new video board for Bronco Stadium.
The State Board also announced the approval of a new video board for the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome Wednesday at a cost of $1.15 million.
According to a copy of the agenda item obtained by the Idaho Press-Tribune, the new video board at Bronco Stadium will be approximately 33 feet by 60 feet and include sound baskets and permanent advertising panels on the top and bottom.
Boise State has already secured $500,000 in donor commitments already. According to the agenda item, Boise State expects the video board to cost between $1.5 and $2 million.
The Press-Tribune was first to report in April that Boise State was hoping to purchase and install a new video board in time for the 2013 season this fall. While the purchase was approved, it remains unclear whether it will happen by the fall.
“We are constantly and aggressively looking for ways to enhance the fan experience at Bronco Stadium,” Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said in a statement. “A new video board is a priority for us, and one of the first steps in moving in that direction is gaining approval from the State Board of Education. We appreciate the Board’s support as we move forward.”
The current video board on the north end of Bronco Stadium, which was built in 2001, has a small non-high definition screen that has drawn complaints for several years.
The new video board at the Kibbie Dome will be 30 feet by 50 feet.
The cost of the fixed board, its supporting software and installation is $787,321, all of which is being funded through private contributions, according to the University of Idaho.
Installation of Idaho’s new video board on the east end wall and relocation of the existing video board to the west end wall begins June 10 and will be complete by the first week of August.