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Bronco Stadium

Bronco Stadium
"The Blue"
Lyle Smith Field
Capacity: 37,000    Opened: 1970

TIMELINE

Boise Junior College Campus 1940
1940
In 1940, Boise Junior College moved to this airport site adjacent to the beautiful Boise River.

Boise Junior College and College Field, Early 1940s
1940s
capacity: 1,000
Located on the site of the current Student Union
the field had wooden bleachers on both sides of the playing field. For special games or a bigger crowd, bleachers were borrowed from Boise High.

Bronco Stadium mid-1950s
1950s

capacity: 10,000
The first Bronco Stadium, home of Bronco football, 1950-1969, and the BJC campus in the mid-1950s.

Bronco Stadium 1969
1969
capacity: 14,000
Construction of the west side tier and field.

Bronco Stadium 1970s
1970s
capacity: 14,000
The second tier was later added to the east side in 1975, bringing the capacity to 20,000.

Bronco Stadium
Current
capacity: 37,000
The permanent end zones were added to Bronco Stadium in 2012 raising the capacity to 37,000. This photo was taken during Boise State's 39-12 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012. Attendance at this game was 34,178.

STADIUM SEATING CHART

20th Anniversary and History of "The Blue"

THE HOME OF THE BRONCOS

Bronco Stadium is the home of Boise State University football and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl), held each December.

The summer of 2012 marked the most recent expansion of the stadium, adding 3,500 permanent seating in the North and South endzones.

In 2009 temporary, mobile seating was added in the North and South endzones, increasing capacity to 33,500.

In 2008 the Stueckle Sky Center was opened and the capacity of Bronco Stadium went up to 32,000. The four level facility includes loge boxes, club seating, sky suites and game/media operations for Boise State home football games. Additionally, five individual banquet style or meeting room spaces are located throughout the 131,000 square foot facility.

The stadium was expanded to 30,000 seats prior to the start of the 1997 football season. The two-year expansion project raised the seating total from 22,600 to 30,000 seats. Included in the $10 million project is the additional seating in the southwest and southeast corners, construction of the Allen Noble Hall of fame gallery and completion of the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza.

Originally constructed with 14,500 seats at a cost of $2.2 million in 1970, Bronco Stadium has undergone two expansions since then. In 1974, the east side upper deck was added, increasing the seating capacity to 20,000. Portable end zone seating had the capacity of Bronco Stadium at 22,600 through the 1996 season. At that point, the most recent expansion took place, raising the current capacity to 30,000. With the original cost of Bronco Stadium, and the two subsequent expansions, the total cost of Bronco Stadium is estimated over $13.54 million.

Bronco Stadium is also home to the only blue Astro Turf in the World. The current turf is the new "Astro Play" which was installed during the summer of 2002. It's also the third blue field at the stadium. Boise State established a first in 1986 by installing the first blue Astro Turf field. The second blue Astro Turf was installed in 1995. Other schools have special color projects for the end zone area, but Boise State is the first to have the entire field produced in a special color. There have been two previous green Astro Turf fields installed prior to 1986. The first was during the original construction of the current stadium in 1970, with the second installed prior to the 1978 season.

BRONCO STADIUM FACTS

  • Ground Breaking: 1969
  • Stadium Dedication: September 11, 1970
    (Boise State 49, Chico State 14)
  • All-time win-loss record, through 2011 season: 225-50 (.818)
  • Total seating capacity: 37,000
  • All-time attendance record: 34,196
    (vs. Air Force, October 22, 2011)
  • First Addition: 1975 (East Side Upper Deck)
  • Second Addition: 1997
    Southwest and Southeast Corners,
    Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery,
    Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza
  • Third Addition: 2008
    Stueckle Sky Center including a logue level, a club level,
    and a suite level (which also houses the press box).
  • Fourth Addition: 2012
    Permanent seating added in the North and South endzones
  • Turf: Blue Field Turf
  • Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Created in 1997)
  • NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships hosted by Boise State in 1994 and 1999.
  • Special features: Video board (Bronco Vision) in north endzone and ribbon boards on east and west sides, Allen Noble HOF Gallery hosts a pregame buffet for BAA members and patrons in south west corner of Bronco Stadium prior to each home game.

Astro Play
In the summer of 2002, Boise State replaced the old blue Astro Turf with blue Astro Play turf.

Bronco Stadium is the only college football field with a blue field.

                        Game Day in Bronco Stadium


Bronco Stadium in 2006


Bronco Stadium & HOF
Bronco Stadium and Allen Noble HOF


Bronco Football Lockerroom
Bronco Varsity Football Locker Room, remodeled in 1999.

 

Stueckle Sky Club Opened in Fall 2008

 

 

Lockerroom
Locker Room

Bronco Vision
Offensive/Defensive line locker room

Lockerroom2
Locker Room2

Bronco Vision
Bronco Vision

Equipment Room
Equipment Room
Equipment Room2
Equipment Room2
Visitor's Locker Room
Visitor's Locker Room

Visitor's Locker Room2
Visitor's Locker Room2

Bronco Stadium
West Side

 

Top-20 Bronco Stadium Crowds

No. Att. Opponent Date Winner Score
1. 36,864 BYU September 20, 2012 Boise State 7-6
2. 36,084 San Diego November 3, 2012 San Diego State 21-19
3. 36,012 UNLV October 20, 2012 Boise State 32-7
4. 35,742  Fresno State October 13, 2012 Boise State 20-10
5. 34,196 Air Force October 22, 2011 Boise State 37-26
6. 34,178 Miami (Ohio) September 15, 2012 Boise State 39-12
7. 34,146 TCU November 12, 2011 TCU 36-35
8. 34,137 Oregon State September 25, 2010 Boise State 37-24
9. 34,127 Oregon September 3, 2009 Boise State 19-8
10. 34,098 Nevada October 1, 2011 Boise State 30-10
11. 34,060 Hawai'i November 6, 2010 Boise State 42-7
12. 34,019 Tulsa September 24, 2011 Boise State 41-21
13. 33,986 Idaho November 14, 2009 Boise State 63-25
14. 33,878 New Mexico December 3, 2011 Boise State 45-0
15. 33,833 Toledo October 9, 2010 Boise State 57-14
16. 33,773 Wyoming November 26, 2011 Boise State 36-14
17. 33,545 Colorado State November 17, 2012 Boise Staet 42-14
18. 33,454 Fresno State November 19, 2010 Boise State 51-0
19. 32,642 Nevada November 27, 2009 Boise State 44-33
20. 32,497 UC Davis October 3, 2009 Boise State 34-16

Boise State's Year-by-Year Record in Bronco Stadium

1970: 5-1
1971: 7-0
1972: 4-1
1973: 6-0
1974: 6-0
1975: 6-2
1976: 4-2
1977: 5-0
1978: 6-1
1979: 5-1

1980: 6-1
1981: 5-2
1982: 5-1
1983: 5-1
1984: 2-4
1985: 5-1
1986: 4-2
1987: 5-2
1988: 5-2
1989: 5-2

1990: 7-1
1991: 7-0
1992: 3-3
1993: 3-4
1994: 10-0
1995: 5-2
1996: 1-6
1997: 3-2
1998: 4-3
1999: 8-0

2000: 6-0
2001: 5-1
2002: 7-0
2003: 6-0
2004: 7-0
2005: 6-1
2006: 6-0
2007: 7-0
2008: 5-0
2009: 7-0

2010: 6-0
2011: 5-1
2012: 5-1

 

Totals:
230-50 (.821)