Bronco Stadium's fresh look for 2013 could include a splashy new videoboard.
The State Board of Education on Wednesday gave Boise State approval to go shopping for a board that would be approximately 60 feet wide by 33 feet tall (or roughly 1,980 square feet) at a cost of up to $2 million.
The current videoboard in the north end of Bronco Stadium, which debuted in 2001, is roughly 24x18 and about 432 square feet.
Boise State did not provide a timeline - or any details about the new board's potential specs and location - but was accepting bids through Wednesday, which hints that the Broncos would like to install it this year.
"We are constantly and aggressively looking for ways to enhance the fan experience at Bronco Stadium,'' Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. "A new videoboard is a priority for us, and one of the first steps in moving in that direction is gaining approval from the State Board of Education. We appreciate the Board's support as we move forward.''
Coyle told the Idaho Statesman last month that he was looking for a way to get a new videoboard this year. The old board is far outdated in the high-definition, wide-screen world.
"We desperately need new videoboards (in Bronco Stadium and Taco Bell Arena)," Coyle said in April. "Our videoboards, they've served their purpose. We're talking to people right now about what do we need to do. We have to identify funds."
Boise State presented a funding plan to the State Board. The school hopes to limit the cost to $1.5 million - $750,000 from athletic department reserves, $250,000 in equipment money from the sponsorship contract with Learfield Sports and $500,000 in donation commitments. If the price tag goes beyond that budget, the school will either raise more money or scale back.
The stadium also will feature a new backdrop in the north end zone - the football office and training complex set for completion in July.
And the field will have a slightly different look with a new midfield logo. Boise State and Nike have collaborated on a primary logo for the athletic department and it will be placed at midfield. The biggest change: the words Boise State will no longer be there.
MAKINDE THE FASTEST
Boise State senior safety Ebo Makinde ran the 40-yard dash in a team-best 4.24 seconds in the team's spring testing earlier this month. He tied for first last year at 4.28. THE TOP FIVES IN EACH TESTING CATEGORY CAN BE FOUND IN THE BRONCO BEAT BLOG AT BLOGS.IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM/BRONCOBEAT.
The football players graduating this month include NFL defensive end Tyrone Crawford (Dallas Cowboys) and four players on the 2013 team - nickel Jonathan Brown, guard Spencer Gerke, tight end Gabe Linehan and Makinde.
The other three are defensive tackle Mike Atkinson, safety Hazen Moss and kicker Michael Frisina, who completed their eligibility in the fall.
MW, ROOT TEAM UP FOR TELECASTS
The Mountain West announced Wednesday that ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain will produce approximately 10 football and a minimum of 25 men's basketball games this upcoming season, the first of a new multi-yea deal.
ROOT Rocky Mountain is available on channel 683 on DirecTV (must purchase extra sports package) and channel 414 on Dish Network (added sports pack). Cable One carries ROOT Sports Northwest, but not Rocky Mountain. Most games will not be available on ROOT Northwest, unless they involve Boise State. Fans unable to watch games on television will be able to watch on the Mountain West's planned digital network.
The announcement increases the total of televised Mountain West football games to 54, with 22 on ESPN networks and 22 on CBS Sports Network, in addition to the 10 on ROOT.
For basketball, an agreement announced in March with ESPN and CBSSN stated that the networks would air at least 31 men's basketball games on one of its channels, with Wednesday's announcement bringing the total to 56.
Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat