The donation will go towards construction of a new football complex on the north end of Bronco Stadium. Phase I of the next stadium expansion includes the new complex, 5,000 additional seats, an enhanced viewing and sound environment and the relocation of the track to Dona Larsen Park across the street on Broadway.
"The expansion of Bronco Stadium is another indicator of our rising stature," Boise State President Bob Kustra said. "The Caven and Williams families are making a significant difference in the future of this university, and all of us are very appreciative of their commitment," Kustra said.
"The Williams and Cavens have been faithful supporters of Boise State University, and we are most thankful for their lead gift to this important undertaking," said Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier.
This is the same combination of donors whose contributions led to the Caven-Williams Spsorts Complex, Boise State's 78,000-square foot indoor practice facility that opened in 2006.
Larry Williams founded the Idaho Timber Corporation in 1979, which grew to one of the top 10 private corporations in Idaho and included facilities in eight other states. Larry and Marianne currently own Tree Top Ranches in Idaho and Oregon, where they raise cattle and horses.
"We have stepped forward with this gift because we believe in the need to expand Bronco Stadium and upgrade our football complex in the near term," Larry Williams said. "We encourage other supporters to be part of this effort and contribute to the continued success we have enjoyed."
The Caven family has had successful business ventures as a restaurant entrepreneur in dozens of states, real estate developer and owner of Half Moon Ranch. They also spend time volunteering overseas and at home, dedicating their time and resources to ministry work in Central America, India, Pakistan, Africa and Bangladesh.
"We recognize that this project is essential in attracting the best student-athletes available, supporting our coaching staff to be competitive on a national level and providing first-class facilities that we all can be proud of," Jerry Caven said.
Bronco Stadium currently seats 33,500. It was originally constructed in 1970 with a capacity of 14,500. The Stadium has had three additions—in 1974 (an upper deck added to the east side), 1997 (southwest and southeast corners), Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery and Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza) and 2008 (Stueckle Sky Center press box and luxury suites).
Boise State is nearing its goals in the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history. Destination Distinction, as it is known, will support the people, places and programs of the University. The effort has now raised $153.6 million to support the university's strategic plan for facilities, students, academic programs, athletics and research.