Dome upgrades nearing completion

WITH THE DOME RENOVATIONS NEARLY COMPLETE, the University of Idaho is preparing to test all systems of the upgrades in mid-August. This final phase of the life-safety upgrades, highlighted by the replacement of the west end wall plus the addition of new luxury seating on the south grandstand and new press box added to the north grandstand, completes three years of renovations to the facility.

The total overhaul of the ASUI Kibbie Athletic Center the last three years has been extensive (totaling over $30 million for the complete project). Prior to the 2009 season Idaho finished work that involved numerous life-safety improvements, including the replacement of the plywood west end wall with a translucent Kal-Wall system, field-level egress, fire-suppression systems, and construction of a pedestrian bridge and emergency vehicle access on the west end of the facility.

This off-season, the University of Idaho finished the life-safety work inside the dome, including replacing the east end wall with the same Kal-Wall system, and completion of other life-safety systems.

Additionally this year, Idaho added its first-ever luxury seating to the stadium (a completely privately financed project), which includes two-levels of ammenities and outstanding field views from the south stands. Plus, on the north side of the stadium Idaho built a new press-box to replace the tight-quarters of the original structure that had been originally located on the south side of the stadium.

The most current and complete photos can be viewed by clicking the link below:

LINK: Idaho OFFICIAL Renovation Site (photo gallery)

The entire renovation project will be getting a test-run in mid-August as new systems are evaluated prior to the season opener on September 1st (Thursday) against Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference in a rematch with Idaho's 2009 Humanitarian Bowl opponent.

A two-level luxury seating area, officially named the LiteHouse Center, has been added to the south grandstand. The Center includes the Bud & June Ford Club Room on the second level, 8 Luxury Suites, 8 Loge Boxes (perched on the front end of the second level), and Club Seating located in front of the Suites.

A NEW press box has been constructed on the north grandstand this offseason.

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