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Boise State’s new football complex to open in 2013

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(Before you even ask, yes, it’s a slow news night.)

Record-wise, Boise State has been one of the top football programs in the country since the turn of the century.

Two years from now, and thanks to a little push from Stanford, they’ll have a football complex befitting their transformation from quirky Cinderella to yearly BcS bowl contender.

By way of the Idaho Statesman, athletic director Gene Bleymaier told a Boise radio station during an interview Thursday that he hopes to have the football complex, a project championed heavily by head coach Chris Petersen, completed before the start of the 2013 season.  Per the Statesman, the complex will include football offices, a locker room, training room, equipment room, weight room and likely some administrative offices.

The plan to pour a total of more than $100 million into the football program was first announced by Bleymaier last August.  While the football complex will be a big part of the move to bring the Broncos into the 21st century, it will also include a stadium expansion that will push Bronco Stadium’s capacity from 33,500 to 53,000.

The complex, though, has been near and dear to Petersen’s heart.  And Stanford’s push for the coach after Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL sparked a renewed “urgency” to getting started on a project whose momentum has seemingly lagged since the announcement five months ago.

“It was a priority before the Stanford situation came up, but that certainly accentuated it and created even more of an urgency,” Bleymaier told KTIK. “That got us to a point where we committed to a timeline.”

The athletic department, the Statesman writes, will ask the State Board of Education next month for permission to begin planning and design work for the project.

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5 Responses to “Boise State’s new football complex to open in 2013”
  1. cubano76 says: Jan 27, 2011 9:56 PM

    Good for them, can’t say they don’t deserve it. Best of luck.

    PS- Hope none of their donors ask for their money back in a few years!

  2. neverwas1 says: Jan 28, 2011 11:35 AM

    God bless you for sharing this important news. I also heard that Central Washington is getting new wrestling mats, is that true?

  3. browniebuck says: Jan 28, 2011 5:11 PM

    What they SHOULD do is expand their stadium so that it seats more than 33,500 people. You wonder why other schools won’t come to your place and play…perennial powerhouse schools like Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, USC, and Texas could fill that place with their own fans. How many tickets can you offer to these schools to travel to your place? Keep thinking that nobody wants to come to your place because they are afraid of you….the rest of us, with functioning brains, know that the real reason they won’t go there ($$$$$$$$$$$$$…as in, there isn’t any in it for them).

  4. linedrivehit says: Jan 28, 2011 5:30 PM

    Oh great! Now when they play New Mexico (1-11), UNLV (2-11), Colorado St (3-9), Wyoming (3-9), and all the other powerhouses, they can play in a nice new stadium. Too bad they still wont be playing on Saturdays in primetime because TV Execs know that nobody cares how bad Boise St. beats up a high school team. Now when Alabama played Penn St, Arkansas (#12), Florida, South Carolina (#22), Ole Miss, LSU (#8), Mississipi St (#15), Auburn (#1), and Michigan ST (#14) this year, people actually watched because it was two good COLLEGE teams playing. (For those of you scoring at home, 6 of the Tide’s 13 opponents were ranked at the end of the year. And so were 7 of Auburn’s 14 opponents).

  5. edgy says: Jan 28, 2011 7:43 PM

    browniebuck says:

    You wonder why other schools won’t come to your place

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    Nice try. It hasn’t stopped the Pac-10 teams from showing up so stop making excuses. If stadium size is that big of a deal to these teams then why do they even play road conference games against teams that hold 30,000 less than them? I’m sure that they can pay them enough money to make it worth their while to give up a home game.

    BTW, there is a Big conference that has pushed making teams drop down if they don’t meet attendance criteria AND don’t play enough home games and they schedule a certain conference for nearly all road games and it would have meant that most of the conference would have had to drop down to I-AA, if they had gotten their way.

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