The transformation of Bronco Stadium has started to take shape particularly in the south end zone, where the new bleachers tower over the blue turf and hint at a potential noise advantage when opponents are trying to run plays there.
Boise State is installing permanent steel bleachers in both end zones that are larger than the previous temporary seats. Capacity will increase from 33,500 to 37,000 in time for the home opener, which is Sept. 15 against Miami (Ohio).
To accommodate the new seats, Boise State also has raised the small scoreboard in the south end zone by 25 feet and the video board in the north end zone by 14 feet. Raising the video board puts it out of sight for fans seated in the upper portions of the lower grandstands, so TV monitors will be added in those areas for replays.
Fans can check out the changes from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday during the Meet Your Seat promotion. Its an opportunity for prospective season-ticket holders to see which seats are available and make their purchases.
Meanwhile, the area behind the north end zone has been ripped apart to make way for the $22 million football complex. That project is scheduled to open July 1, 2013.
And construction is winding down at Dona Larsen Park, which features a track and field/high school football stadium and softball field on the former East Junior High site. Dona Larsen Park opens in August.
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