As Boise State has continually upgraded its athletic facilities, there has been one item fans have hoped would be next, and that time appears to be now.
The school will seek approval for a new video board system at Taco Bell Arena when the Idaho State Board of Education meets Wednesday and Thursday in Coeur d'Alene.
According to ISBOE documents, the project would cost no more than $1.5 million, with $50,000 from donations, $660,000 from athletics reserves and $790,000 from Learfield, the school's multimedia rights holder.
The project would include a four-screen, center-hung video board, with screens measuring 8.5x14.3 feet. The current board, installed in 2002, is 6x8 feet on each screen. That represents a screen about 2.5 times larger on the new boards. The video boards put into Boise’s CenturyLink Arena last summer is 9.45x12.6 feet. Also in the plans are four new 5.5x21.5 corner scoreboards and two ribbon boards, expected to be put in between levels that measure 2.5x30.
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Last month, when speaking on the topic of a video board, Athletic Director Mark Coyle told The Idaho Statesman “We’ve done our homework, and we’re getting closer. It’s something we desperately need.”
Other athletics-related items on the agenda:
• The contract for Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates is up for approval. The board approved a term sheet paying him $330,000 per year the next three years in February, but the school had to return with a full contract.
• Boise State's athletics budget for the upcoming year is projected to be $38.5 million, down from this past year's $40.2 million. A large part of the difference is the Fiesta Bowl payout and cost, and that Boise State naturally doesn't know at this point any sort of bowl appearance or NCAA Tournament appearance next season. The University of Idaho's budget is $15.4 million, per SBOE documents.
• The BSU football team seeks approval to switch charter flight companies from Frontier to Sun Country. Frontier is discontinuing charter services. Last season, six charter road flights cost $627,042. This season, it will cost $412,150 for five games. The team will bus from Boise to Logan to play Utah State.