It is a landmark. An icon. An innovative and integral part of the University of Idaho landscape. Now, 33 years after it came to dominate the campus' western horizon, the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center needs to be renovated and expanded. Inside is a detailed look into the vision of how the Activity Center will be transformed into a modernized, expanded, and enhanced venue for Idaho athletics.
The text below was provided by the University of Idaho Sports Information Office in an official press release today. Images organized in a gallery below this press release were provided by the Sports Information Office at the University of Idaho.
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MOSCOW, Idaho – Today, the University of Idaho officially embarked upon a much-anticipated fundraising campaign that will preserve the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center's iconic look, enhance its multipurpose nature, and elevate its reputation as a truly daunting venue for the teams that call it home and as a community anchor for signature events.
Dr. Timothy P. White
University of Idaho President
"The Kibbie Dome is a bold and tangible symbol of the University of Idaho," said President Timothy P. White. "It is a statement of our commitment to provide our students and community with a leading living and learning experience. Our goal with renovation and expansion is to ensure this signature structure continues to resonate with students and alumni as a welcoming and versatile facility that symbolizes the vitality and leadership of the University of Idaho."
The Kibbie Activity Center is home to many facets of University of Idaho life. Not only do Vandal Athletics and the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival call it home, but it also houses convocation and commencement, academic conferences, as well as numerous other campus and community activities.
"The renovation project is the next step in our dedication to current and future generations of university students, student-athletes, alumni and community members," said Rob Spear, director of athletics. "A state-of-the-art facility will create an unparalleled experience for everyone who comes to the Kibbie Dome. Enhancing our facilities benefits our entire campus and makes us a stronger partner within the Western Athletic Conference."
Dr. Rob Spear
Director of Athletics
The Dome's uniqueness is underscored by the fact that it is one of only two NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision indoor, on-campus stadiums in the nation.
The structure was deemed innovative when it originally was built in the 1970s. Its 400-foot clear-span wooden trussed-barrel arch roof became a signature look for the university, and earned acclaim by earning the 1976 American Society of Civil Engineer's Outstanding Structural Achievement Award.
Modernizing the iconic structure is planned in two phases. The first calls for upgrading life-safety features. The second calls for upgrading and expanding seating options, lowering the floor, improving line-of-sight to the floor, creating loge boxes and suites, enhancing natural lighting, renovating concourse areas, modernizing media services, and creating a permanent athletic Hall of Fame.
Funding for the $52 million project will come from two sources: $17 million from university funds designated for life-safety issues and $35 million from private gifts.
RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OVERVIEW:
Add 3,600 seats to increase capacity to accommodate 20,000; greater capacity is projected to generate more revenue for university athletic programs.
Lower the playing field and courts to improve sight lines and accommodate new seating to create a more exciting and rewarding event experience.
Update concourses, restrooms, press and media facilities, and lighting.
Add 306 club seats, 34 loge boxes and six suites.
Create a premium level Vandal Hospitality Club Room with upscale lounge and concessions as a venue for gatherings and pre-event activities.
Create an inviting west-end approach to the Dome with reserved VIP parking.
Enhance and modernize the concourse, concessions and amenities that lead to an all new Vandal Hall of Fame and Vandal Hospitality Club.
"Daylight" the Dome by replacing the east and west walls with translucent fiberglass insulated sandwich panels; "opening" the Dome to natural daylight to give it a larger, open and lighter feel.
Life safety work includes replacement of the structure's two wood-frame end walls; installation of a smoke exhaust system; expansion of the fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems; enhanced exiting; improvements to the air handling and electrical distribution systems; and improvements for the north and south concourse restrooms. These improvements are part of the project phase that began in 2007 when the Dome's artificial turf was replaced.
Expansion, modernization, and enhancement overview. This view is looking at the east end of the remodeled Activity Center, and looking at the south stadium seating (press box side of stadium).
View of modernized press box above the south stadium seating. The field is dug down, and seats are added at a slightly sharper angle than existing stadium seating. The dig down and new seating will increase capacity by 3,600 seats.
One of the major immediate enhancements to the Activity Center is to replace existing plywood walls at both ends of the facility with translucent fiberglass insulated sandwich panels that allow natural light to enter the facility.
A closer look at the Vandal Hospitality Club Room, a premium level 9,000 square foot facility which includes Vandal Field Loge Boxes in front and a two-story Club Room for pregame activities overlooking the east endzone.
View from second level of the Club Area overlooking the field, looking at the west end of the Kibbie Activity Center.
View inside the Club Area. This a premium level Vandal Hospitality Club Room with upscale lounge and concessions will be used as a venue for gatherings and pre-event activities.
Creation of a permanent athletics Hall of Fame, with modernized concourses that lead to the new facility.
View from the field looking up at the north stadium seats (current "student side" of stadium). To the left is the west end of the Dome, where the plywood walls have been replaced with translucent panels.
A closer look at the north stadium seating, which incudes new Vandal Club Suites and Vandal Club Loge Boxes.
A "bird's eye view" of the new Vandal Club "Loge" Boxes and Vandal Club Suites which will be added to the north stadium seating. A "loge box" is a semi-private, separate, forward section of seats in a sports stadium. The Loge Boxes are the two rows of box seats in front of the Luxury Suites at the top of the stadium.
View from the Vandal Club Suites, looking across the field at the south stadium seating.
View of the field from the concourse above the Loge seating.
New entrances welcoming Vandal fans to the Vandal Club Suites overlooking the north stands.
Remodeled concession stands throughout the Activity Center.
The remodeled west-end of the Activity Center, with redesigned landscaping and creation of an inviting and inspiring west-end approach to the Dome, also includes reserved VIP parking.