BOISE, Idaho Boise State University embarked on the most expensive building project in the history of the athletic department on Feb. 14 when ground was broken on a $35.9 million addition to Bronco Stadium.

            University officials, major donors to the project and representatives from the construction (Layton Construction) and design (FFKR) teams were on hand to officially kickoff the project.  The ceremony took place in the parking lot on the west side of Bronco Stadium next to the elevator entrance, the site for the new facility.

            This expansion will create a state of the art press box, 38 luxury suites, 44 loge boxes and 750 club seats.  The four-level structure will also include the 5,500-square foot Agri Beef Stadium Club, the 4,000-square foot Bronco Club Room, the 4,500-square foot Media Club Room, a full service kitchen, new ticket office, new merchandise store, and new concession and rest room facilities on the west side of the stadium.

A total of five elevators will take fans and equipment to the top of the approximate 140-foot high building, which will be located on the west side of Bronco Stadium.

Originally constructed with 14,500 seats at a cost of $2.2 million in 1970, Bronco Stadium was first expanded to 20,000 in 1975 when the east side upper deck was added.  Portable end zone seats brought the capacity to 22,600 through the 1996 season. 

The second permanent expansion to the stadium was completed in 1997 when a $10 million project added seating in the southwest and southeast corners bringing capacity to over 30,000.  That project also included the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery and Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza.

            Boise State is coming off its most successful season in school history.  The Broncos won their fifth straight Western Athletic Conference Championship, completed the 2006 season as the only undefeated NCAA I-A team in the country and defeated the University of Oklahoma, 43-42 in overtime, at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

            The facility is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2008 season.

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