By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State plans to add 3,300 additional bleacher seats in the end zones of Bronco Stadium for the 2012 season, according to agenda materials submitted to the State Board of Education for Thursday’s meeting.
The plan is for the school to move the 5,200 bleacher seats in the stadium to Dona Larsen Park, the new track and field and high school football complex under construction at the former East Junior High site.
Those bleachers will be replaced with 8,500 seats.
The seating would cost $3.1 million and be added to the cost of Dona Larsen Park, which is a $6 million project paid for with donations. The additional money would be borrowed from the university and repaid with 4.5 percent interest over a 3 ½-year period from the revenue generated by the seats. The seats will pay for themselves in that time period if they are sold out, the university says.
The expansion would increase Bronco Stadium capacity to 36,800 and allow for crowds in excess of 37,000.
Also Thursday, Boise State will ask for permission to build the new football complex in the north end zone. The State Board previously signed off on the design process and still will need to approve the financing plan in February. The 69,000-square-foot complex is expected to open for the 2013 football season.
The project cost has increased to $22 million, from $20 million, “to appropriately address football program needs both in size and programming.”
The school has raised $7 million and will need to borrow $15 million. The agenda materials say the school has another $5.5 million “in potential pledges.”
Fans can donate to the stadium projects here.