New Bronco Stadium video board on pace for this year

The bigger board will sit in the north end zone atop the Bleymaier Football Complex.

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comJuly 9, 2013 

— First the Bleymaier Football Complex.

Then the band.

Now a giant video board.

Bronco Stadium's north end zone promises to have a much different feel this football season.

The new board (58.8 feet wide and 37.2 feet tall, or 2,187 square feet) will be installed this season with plans to complete the project by the home game against Southern Miss on Sept. 28, the school announced Monday.

Boise State hosts Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7 and Air Force on Sept. 13.

"An upgraded video board has been a priority for us, and our intention is to have it installed and functioning by the third (home) game of the season or sooner," Athletic Director Mark Coyle said. "We are very excited to improve the overall game experience for our fans."

In May, the State Board of Education gave its approval for Boise State to spend up to $2 million on a new board. The school said it would not have a final price tag until construction is complete.

Agri Beef Co. is the title sponsor and McAlvain Construction will install the board, according to Boise State.

When the State Board approved the plan, Boise State was uncertain if it could complete construction this year. The current board (24x18, about 432 square feet) will remain until the new board is operational.

Along with the video board, the Bronco Stadium sound system will be replaced. Production Services International of Boise will do the installation.

The Bleymaier Football Complex, which will house offices, weight rooms and locker rooms for the football team, is being finished in the north end zone.

The band will move to seats in the end zone as well.

Brian Murphy: 377-6444, Twitter: @MurphsTurph

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