By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State took a step toward installing a much-requested new video board Wednesday — but the school still doesn’t have a timeline for the upgrade.
The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved Boise State’s $2 million plan to purchase a video board that will be approximately 60 feet wide by 33 feet tall. It includes sound baskets and permanent advertising panels on the top and bottom.
However, the school did not provide a timeline.
Boise State accepted bids through Wednesday for the project. It has a funding plan for up to $1.5 million but would need to do additional fundraising or scale back the project if it goes over that amount. The funding will come from athletic department revenues ($750,000), Learfield’s equipment stipend ($250,000) and donations ($500,000 committed).
“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 video board 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 a couple weeks ago that he hoped to install one for this season but wasn’t sure if it was doable.
The current video board at Bronco Stadium was installed in 2001.
The State Board also approved a new video board for the Kibbie Dome on Wednesday. That board is 50 by 30 and costs $1,151,858.
Also new at Bronco Stadium this year: the midfield logo.
Boise State is replacing the old logo with the athletic department’s slightly new primary logo — which no longer includes the words “Boise State.” Among the few other changes, the teeth are orange instead of white.
The football team will continue to use the Pro Combat logo on its helmets.