By Brian Murphy
Before we get to the news that came out of a question-and-answer session I had earlier this week with Boise State football coach Chris Petersen about Bronco Stadium, here are a few other house-keeping links:
• In case you missed it last night, Boise State sent a letter to boosters reminding them that the school is responsible for their actions when it comes to NCAA rules.
• It is not too late to enter our Name the Score contest for Saturday’s Boise State-Tulsa game. Follow the link to enter the contest.
• Bronco Beat writer Chadd Cripe posted an interesting conversation he had with Rachel Bickerton, Boise State’s director of trademark licensing and enforcement, on how the school protects its trademark blue turf.
OK, now onto Petersen. In the past, he has emphasized construction of the new football facility over expanding Bronco Stadium. But with the football facility project moving along, Petersen is now advocating for increased capacity — and lower ticket prices.
Be sure to pick up Saturday’s editions of the Idaho Statesman and our Bronco Blitz section for a look at some of the myths (and realities) concerning the football facility project.
Q: Outside of the football facility project, what changes do you want to see at Bronco Stadium?
A: “I really would like to see more seats in the stadium.”
Q: Do you have a number in mind? (Note: Bronco Stadium current capacity is 33,500.)
A: “To tell you the truth, it needs to not be too big too soon. We don’t want to have this big stadium and not have it full, so it needs to be incremental. I don’t know if 10,000 more seats at this point might be an ideal number.
“Hopefully we can do it in a way that we don’t have to charge a ton more because everything costs so much money, that we cannot price everybody out of the game here. Everybody would like to do that on campus here and try to figure out a way that we could add more seats but not at a cost that now every ticket is really, really expensive.
“I just think that’s the next step in the progression around here — a new football center and then hopefully we can get more seats in here. I don’t think every game needs to be sold out completely, standing-room only to add 10,000 seats. I think everybody knows that. Now it’s a matter of, ‘OK, where do we get this money.’ ”
Q: Do you want the track removed after the track program moves to Dona Larsen Park and what do you want to use the space for?
A: “The ideal situation is you lower the field, but it’s going to come down to cost again. From what I’ve heard, it doesn’t add up to put 2,500 extra seats around here for however many million dollars. Again, that’s not going to help us get who we want in this stadium. Would it be great for the stadium and the ambiance? No question. There’s going to be some give and take.”
Q: In Toledo, the student section was in the end zone. Is that something you’d like to see here, putting the students in each end zone?
A: “First and foremost, we just need to get more seats. Now where you put people, we can figure that out. That’s the easy part of figure out. But I just think if we can figure out, once we build this football complex, how to get more seats in here, I think it’d be great for the community.”
Q: Do you have any idea on the shape of the stadium? Would you like to bowl-in the South end zone or add seats to the North end zone?
A: “No. I just think we need to get them. And however best that works.”
Q: On the football facility, have you tried to take what you’ve seen at other places and incorporate that into the facility.
A: “The football facility is going to be excellent. I think it’s going to be state of the art and exactly what we need. There’s no question. It’ll be very, very good, functional, everything we need, enough meeting rooms and space. In a good way, it’s not going to be over the top. We’re not built for that and we don’t want to be like that. We want it to be very nice and very functional (so that) kids come in there and are extremely impressed by it and the coaches like it because it’s so functional.”
Q: Have you had input into the design?
A: I’ve met with them a few different times and to even start with, (we told them) this is what we want. We want it to be functional. We want to be around our kids. This is what we think draws our kids to us, and those types of things. We’ve seen the drawings and we’ve tweaked them a couple different times. We’re really pleased.”
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