The Future is Now at Boise State

<p>Currently on BroncoSports.com, there is a PDF file that gives an overview of Boise State's future facility improvements.</p><p>The file, however, is very large and will take a while to download if you are on a dial-up computer.<p>So.. we copied most of the information here in html, not to discourage dowloading the original file, but to get this info out to everyone, so you can see it, memorize it, get excited about it, and finally, act upon that excitement to help bring it about sooner...</p>

*All information was taken from the Athlitic Excellence file located on www.broncosports.com. We at BroncoCountry heartily suggest you visit BroncoSports.com to see the original file so you can appreciate the full scope of what is covered.

 

Capital Improvement Projects

Aging facilities must be renovated and upgraded. New facilities are needed to house growing programs. While the needs are many, investments in new and improved facilities are lasting monuments to a commitment of excellence. This brochure outlines many of the facilities that are needed. They include:
1. Bronco Stadium Luxury Suite /Press
Box Addition
2. New Multi-Purpose Athletic Building
3. Bronco Stadium Seating Expansion
4. Indoor Multi-Purpose Practice Facility
5. New Outdoor Track & Field Facility
6. New Peterson Preco Learning Center
7. World Sports Humanitarian Hall of
Fame
8. New Women's Sports Facilities
9. Fedrizzi Fitness Center Annex
10. Gardner Training Room Expansion
11. Boas Tennis Center Renovation
12. Nicholson/Yanke Athletic Center Expansion and Remodel

Note: Numbers 4, 5, 8 and 11 are not seen on this map of the stadium as they will be located elsewhere on campus.

New Staff Positions

To adequately support 18 NCAA Division I sports comprised of 400 student-athletes, requires a significant number of coaches, trainers, equipment managers, academic advisors, and administration. Achieving excellence in the classroom and on the playing fields demands a commitment to all areas of the athletic program. Success is a result of having quality people in the positions necessary to fulfill the mission and goals of the department. New positions are warranted in almost every segment of the Athletic Department as the program grows in participants and prestige. They include; training rooms, compliance, development, promotions and marketing, weight room, ticket office, administration, special events, and sport programs.

Overall Program Upgrades

In addition to facilities and personnel, money for ongoing program infrastructure is critical. Recruiting, travel, and equipment are essentials that must be enhanced to keep pace with Division I competitors.  New equipment needs are plentiful for a department competing in the ever-changing world of Division I athletics. New media opportunities must be addressed to enhance Bronco Sports Television and provide video streaming of all athletic events. Student-athlete welfare is a core value of the athletic department. Program needs must be addressed to ensure stability and provide opportunities for a successful athletic experience for every student-athlete.

Endowed Scholarships

The lifeblood of any intercollegiate athletic program is the availability of scholarships. Currently, Boise State University awards the equivalent of over 210 full scholarships. These costs continue to increase annually and now exceed $10,000 a year per scholarship. The number of sports offered is also changing as the University continues its commitment to gender equity by providing new sports opportunities for female student athletes. The "Initiative for Athletic Excellence" campaign will have a significant impact on the ability of the University and the athletic department to fund these new expenditures. By establishing an athletic endowed scholarship you can make a difference and help a student-athlete obtain an education and realize a lifelong dream.

1. Bronco Stadium Luxury Suite / Press Box Addition

The press box on the west side of Bronco Stadium was built in 1970 and is no longer adequate to serve the needs of the media and coaches in a Division I-A football program and a postseason bowl game. Bronco Stadium has no luxury suite accommodations, an amenity that is now common in most Division I-A stadiums. Luxury suites, which would be built on the west side in conjunction with a new press box, will provide seating for large groups and a spacious setting for viewing enjoyment. The planned addition will feature a three-story structure above Bronco Stadium, with the top level devoted to the media and coaches, the middle level for luxury suites, and the lower level for club seating. Built behind the stadium, the addition at the ground level and up through eight floors may include new offices, meeting rooms, space for the band, cheerleaders, and Mane Line Dancers, along with a retail shop for athletic clothing and souvenir items. In the upper luxury suite addition will be a multi-purpose ballroom that will seat 500 people. A pre-game buffet will be served for luxury suite and club seat owners to gather and "tailgate" hours prior to each Bronco football game and the MPC Computers Bowl.

This facility will be leased throughout the year for special occasions including conferences, receptions, dances, and weddings. The breathtaking 360-degree views atop Bronco Stadium will be unmatched in the Treasure Valley!

2. New Multi-Purpose Athletic Building

A new multi-purpose athletic building is needed to relieve crowded conditions in the Nicholson/Yanke Athletic Center and Taco Bell Arena. The new building will be versatile enough to include space for offices, meeting rooms, and storage. It will also be the new home for the administrative offices, the football offices, the Peterson Preco Learning Center (now located in Taco Bell Arena), and the wrestling room (now located in the Simplot Center for Athletic Excellence). The building will also provide much needed facilities for the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, the Harvey Neef Mane Line Dancers, and the Bronco Spirit Squad. The Athletic Ticket Office will also be relocated to this building and a Bronco Sports Novelty Store will complete the facility.

3. Bronco Stadium Seating Expansion

Additional seating is needed to accommodate the growing interest in Boise State football. There is a long-term need in the expanding population center of southwestern Idaho for a facility that will seat 50,000 and serve the needs of the community and University. The expansion will add corner seating sections to the north end of the stadium and complete the horseshoe at the south end.

4. Indoor Multi-Purpose Practice Facility

As Boise State's athletic program gains national prominence, the need for an indoor practice facility becomes more important. Boise State is one of the few schools that does not have an indoor facility where student-athletes can train and practice year round. The facility will include a football practice area, but will benefit other sports such as soccer, golf, and track and field, as well as serving the greater University through intramurals, recreation, and club sports.

5. New Outdoor Track & Field Facility

As Bronco Stadium expands and seating capacity is increased, the running track will need to be relocated to a new outdoor track and field facility that will be exclusively for track. While the current location has served the program well, the need for more seats in the stadium, and more practice space for the football team and the track and field teams will necessitate a new stand alone track facility. This new state-of-the-art facility will compliment the recently completed indoor track facility and position the track program as one of the best in the nation.

6. New Peterson Preco Learning Center

The Peterson Preco Learning Center is the heart and soul of Boise State's athletic facilities. This academic resource center for student-athletes consists of a computer lab, study area, staff offices, and tutorial rooms. As the number of student-athletes increase, so have the needs of the Learning Center. More space and staff are required to adequately serve the nearly 400 student athletes on campus. Larger areas are needed for the computer lab and study area. More tutorial rooms and staff offices are also needed and will be housed together in the new Multi-Purpose Building. The space that is vacated by the Peterson Preco Learning Center relocation will be converted into office space and meeting rooms for athletic department staff.

7. World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame

The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame honors world-class athletes who are role models and humanitarians for the purpose of inspiring individuals of all ages to reach their full potential. The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame was founded in Boise in 1994 and has inducted 25 individuals and one team into the Hall since its inception. The Hall of Fame reaches out to a national and international audience. In recognizing well-known humanitarian athletes, the Hall of Fame integrates what it means to be a champion both on and off the playing field. This unique Hall of Fame and museum emphasizes the character building qualities of athletes and other individuals who model the best traits of sportsmanship and humanitarianism. Boise State University is now home to the "World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame". The Hall of Fame currently is housed in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, with plans to build a separate facility on the Boise State campus.  The vision for the future includes creating an academic curriculum in Sports Ethics at Boise State and developing educational materials for coaches and youth sports teams that teach sportsmanship and fair play, emphasizing the best lessons of sports participation.

8. New Women's Sports Facilities

Boise State University is committed to providing equitable athletic opportunities for both women and men. To fulfill this commitment, additional women's sports will be added to the athletic program. As these sports are created, facilities will need to be built to provide practice and competition venues. Locker rooms, offices, training rooms, and equipment space will need to be available to service these sports. There are no existing facilities at Boise State to handle new sports. New facilities for women's sports will be a priority in the "Initiative for Athletic Excellence" campaign.

9. Fedrizzi Fitness Center Annex

Construction is complete on a 3,300 square foot addition to the weight room. The addition, named the Fedrizzi Fitness Center Annex in recognition of a $500,000 gift from Rich and Patsy Fedrizzi will provide much needed space for training and equipment for the nearly 400 student-athletes who make up Bronco athletics and provides office space for an expanding strength and conditioning staff. Fundraising is on-going for new weight room equipment.

10. Gardner Training Room Expansion

The Rich Gardner training room in the Nicholson/Yanke Athletic Center was built in 1970 to service a much smaller athletic program. Now with 18 sports and a Division I-A football program the training room is too small to meet the needs of the athletic program. A new, larger facility with exercise pools and offices for a growing training room staff are needed to adequately serve the number of student-athletes in the program today and in the future.

11. Boas Tennis Center Renovation

The two inflatable "bubbles" that were erected in 1990 need to be replaced due to age and deterioration. Plans are being developed to replace the "bubbles" with a structure that will enclose all six tennis courts and create new space to accommodate the public. The facility will be large enough to include seating and amenities for spectators, which is currently limited.

12. Nicholson/Yanke Athletic Center Expansion and Remodel

Expansion of the athletic center will provide additional offices and meeting room space, storage areas, and a larger training room. When the new multi-purpose athletic building is completed the Nicholson/Yanke Athletic Center will be remodeled to provide needed space for equipment, the training room, and storage.

 

Conclusion

These plans together create an unparalleled opportunity for participation by Boise State boosters, alumni, friends, and the Idaho community. The face of Boise State University will be forever changed and the demands posed by a continuing commitment to become the best will be addressed. Certainly, this is an ambitious undertaking. However, a dedication towards a common goal will enable this project to succeed and benefit the students and community for generations to come.  We invite you to share in that spirit today. GO BRONCOS!!


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