The first Bronco Stadium was built in the 1940’s, for the original purpose for junior college football, later in the 1950’s they used half the stadium for a baseball field!! In 1968 Boise State upgraded their football team to division 2, allowing them to create a brand new $2.2 million concrete stadium which was completed in 1970. The stadium opened on September 11th holding up to 14,500 seats. For the first five seasons, the stadium had consisted of two sidelines grandstands; the west side had an upper deck and the press box.
In 1974 BSU added on yet another upper deck level to the east side, adding 5,500 seats as well as adding on symmetry. In 1997 BSU was entered into division I-A, which then required more seats, so BSU added on to the stadium and by the end of the year the stadium held 30,000 seats. More seats were then added on again in 08 and 09, adding 2,000 more seats in press and club boxes, and 1,500 more stadium seats. Bronco Stadium’s current attendance record is 34,137, achieved on September 25, 2010, a victory over Oregon State.
Boise State University is home to the NCAA division 1 Boise State Broncos. When the Broncos have home games they play at the Albertsons Stadium (formerly known as the Bronco Stadium) located at BSU. In addition to its rich history, the Albertsons Stadium is unique in many ways. It boasts the only artificial blue turf in the league, the Noble Gallery that holds BSUs sports history and accomplishments, and the aesthetically pleasing Stueckle Sky Center.
The architects chosen to design the stadium were Nat J. Adams & Associates. Construction of the Albertsons Stadium was completed in 1970. It cost $2.2 million to construct. Architecturally speaking, modern stadiums have been influenced by ancient colosseums. You can thank Roman architects for the standard ”U” shape of the stadium, the tiered seating style, and even the covered roofs that some stadiums boast.
In 1940, Boise Junior college moved to to the old airport site next to the Boise River. The original Bronco field was on the site where the current Student Union Building is. The bleachers were made of wood and had a capacity to seat 1,000 people. However, the junior college would borrow extra bleachers from Boise High when needed. In the 1950’s, the first Bronco Stadium was constructed. It had a seating capacity of 10,000. In 1969 construction of the west side tier and field began for the current stadium. Initially the seating capacity was 14,000.
The first addition to the Bronco Stadium was the construction of the east side upper deck in 1975.This boosted the seating capacity to 20,000. The second addition took place in 1997 with the construction of the southwest and southeast corners, the Allen Noble Gallery, and the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza. The third addition happened in 2008 and consisted of the Stueckle Sky Center. The fourth addition added permanent seating to the north and south end zones. In 2014 the Bronco Stadium changed its name to the Albertsons Stadium do to .Today the seating capacity is 36,387.
In the summer of 1986, the first Blue Turf was installed. It was the first non-green artificial turf in the country. Although the public is restricted from being on the Blue Turf (due to issues with people clipping pieces from the turf) you get an excellent view from the stands and from the Allen Noble Gallery. The Blue turf has been referred to as the ”smurf turf” by some, although the Broncos are not as friendly as the characters from the cartoon series.
Allen Noble Gallery
The Allen Noble Gallery boasts much of Boise States sports achievements. In order to be inducted to the BSU hall of fame you will have had to graduated and been out of school for at least five years. Upon walking in to the Allen Noble Gallery you will be greeted by an information assistant who can assist you with information about the rich history of sports at BSU. On display are several trophies, plaques and memorabilia, along with information boards with a wealth of knowledge. So, if you’re a first time visitor, this is an excellent place to familiarize yourself with interesting facts about the athletic achievements BSU athletes have accomplished.