Boise State: It's Expansion Time!
Boise State is on top of the world right now, with a number No. 3 ranking and the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games. Kellen Moore is a favorite for the Heisman, and also, they are squarely in line for a run at the national championship game in Glendale, Arizona. A lot will have to happen for Boise State to get there, but as we have seen in college football, anything can happen.
Boise State just put in their skybox suites a couple of years ago and now plan to expand even more to fit capacity of maybe over 50,000-60,000 plus. Boise State has to make this move. Gene Bleymaier, the Boise State AD, has stated that his football team has one of the worst locker rooms and offices in the nation. With these new upgrades, Boise St. will have one of the nicest stadiums in the nation.
First Phase of Expansion
Lowering the field and taking out the track is the first thing on the mind for Bleymaier. A lower bowl of seats would be added right at field level for fans. This would add 3,300 fans.
Second Phase of Expansion
Boise State really wants to add a north bowl and take out the old grandstands. The lower half of the north bowl would seat around 5,200. The school also wants to build a new two story home for the football program that would include office space and locker room, which would go underneath the stands.
Third Phase of Expansion
Another 8,000 seats can be added on the north end by building a second level.
The south horseshoe would be put in and add 3,200 seats because the 3,000 bleacher seats would be removed. This also would lead to the end of the Varsity Center. The other expansion piece would be on the east side, featuring a 2,000-seat suites complex and other major renovations for the old grandstands.
How Much Will This Help
If this expansion goes through, how will this help with recruiting? How will this help with maybe scheduling other teams? And will this push us through to the Pac-10 after a few years in the MWC?
Only time will tell, but this stadium would help immensely because noise wouldn't be able to leave the stadium as well as it can now.