Broncos, fans revel in new atmosphere at stadium's new north end zone

Boise State debuts a new video board and an improved sound system.

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comSeptember 8, 2013 

The $1.5 million video board was installed ahead of schedule after the new $22 million football facility was completed.

MIKE PRATER — mprater@idahostatesman.com

Pat Lee sat with his 8-year-old son, Josh, in section 108 at Bronco Stadium on Saturday and had to laugh at how much the place has changed since he attended games when he was his son’s age.

Even since the last home game Nov. 17 of last year, Bronco Stadium is a different place. There is the $22 million football facility at the north end, and the stadium’s newest addition — a $1.5 million video board and sound system that debuted to high praise Saturday.

“It’s just outstanding,’’ Lee said. “It’s so much bigger and so much more clear. It really adds to the whole experience.’’

Boise State officials had initially set a timetable of Sept. 28 for getting the board ready, but once the football facility was done and capable of supporting the board on its roof, crews quickly put it in place.

“I love it. I love the new video board — hopefully it makes the fans happy because I don’t think they were too happy with the one last year,’’ cornerback Bryan Douglas said.

The new audio system produces sound about 50 percent louder than last season. Head coach Chris Petersen said when the system is being tested, he feels like “the lights are going to fall down.’’

“It’s a lot louder — that’s a good thing,’’ Lee said.

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_southorn

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