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Bronco Stadium

"The Blue"

Lyle Smith Field
Capacity: 36,387 Opened: 1970

Bronco Stadium

THE HOME OF THE BRONCOS

Bronco Stadium is the home of Boise State University football and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl), held each December.

The summer of 2012 marked the most recent expansion of the stadium, adding 3,500 permanent seating in the North and South endzones, bringing the current capacity to 36,387.

In 2009 temporary, mobile seating was added in the North and South endzones, increasing capacity to 33,500.

In 2008 the Stueckle Sky Center was opened and the capacity of Bronco Stadium went up to 32,000. The four level facility includes loge boxes, club seating, sky suites and game/media operations for Boise State home football games. Additionally, five individual banquet style or meeting room spaces are located throughout the 131,000 square foot facility.

The stadium was expanded to 30,000 seats prior to the start of the 1997 football season. The two-year expansion project raised the seating total from 22,600 to 30,000 seats. Included in the $10 million project is the additional seating in the southwest and southeast corners, construction of the Allen Noble Hall of fame gallery and completion of the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza.

Originally constructed with 14,500 seats at a cost of $2.2 million in 1970, Bronco Stadium has undergone two expansions since then. In 1974, the east side upper deck was added, increasing the seating capacity to 20,000. Portable end zone seating had the capacity of Bronco Stadium at 22,600 through the 1996 season. At that point, the most recent expansion took place, raising the current capacity to 30,000. With the original cost of Bronco Stadium, and the two subsequent expansions, the total cost of Bronco Stadium is estimated over $13.54 million.

Bronco Stadium is also home to the only blue Astro Turf in the World. The current turf is the new "Astro Play" which was installed during the summer of 2002. It's also the third blue field at the stadium. Boise State established a first in 1986 by installing the first blue Astro Turf field. The second blue Astro Turf was installed in 1995. Other schools have special color projects for the end zone area, but Boise State is the first to have the entire field produced in a special color. There have been two previous green Astro Turf fields installed prior to 1986. The first was during the original construction of the current stadium in 1970, with the second installed prior to the 1978 season.

BRONCO STADIUM FACTS

  • Ground Breaking: 1969
  • Stadium Dedication: September 11, 1970
  • (Boise State 49, Chico State 14)
  • All-time win-loss record, through 2012 season: 230-51 (.818)
  • Total seating capacity: 36,387
  • All-time attendance record: 36,864
  • (vs. BYU, Sept. 20, 2012)
  • First Addition: 1975 (East Side Upper Deck)
  • Second Addition: 1997
  • Southwest and Southeast Corners,
  • Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery,
  • Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza
  • Fourth Addition: 2008
  • Stueckle Sky Center including a loge level, a club level,
  • and a suite level (which also houses the press box).
  • Fourth Addition: 2012
  • Permanent seating added in the North and South endzones
  • Turf: Blue Field Turf
  • Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Created in 1997)
  • NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships hosted by Boise State in 1994 and 1999.
  • Special features: Video board (Bronco Vision) in north endzone and ribbon boards on east and west sides, Allen Noble HOF Gallery hosts a pregame buffet for BAA members and patrons in south west corner of Bronco Stadium prior to each home game.

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In the summer of 2002, Boise State replaced the old blue Astro Turf with blue Astro Play turf.

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Gameday in Bronco Stadium

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Bronco Stadium in 2006

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Bronco Stadium and Allen Noble HOF

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Bronco Varsity Football Locker Room, remodeled in 1999.

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Stueckle Sky Club Opened in Fall 2008

TIMELINE
Bronco Stadium
1940
In 1940, Boise Junior College moved to this airport site adjacent to the beautiful Boise River.

Bronco Stadium
1940s
capacity: 1,000
Located on the site of the current Student Union, the field had wooden bleachers on both sides of the playing field. For special games or a bigger crowd, bleachers were borrowed from Boise High.

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1950s
capacity: 10,000
The first Bronco Stadium, home of Bronco football, 1950-1969, and the BJC campus in the mid-1950s.

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1969
capacity: 14,000
Construction of the west side tier and field.

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1970s
capacity: 20,000
The second tier was later added to the east side in 1975, bringing the capacity to 20,000.

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Current
capacity: 36,387
The permanent end zones were added to Bronco Stadium in 2012 raising the capacity to 36,387. This photo was taken during Boise State's 7-6 win over BYU, September 20, 2012. Attendance at this game was 36,864.


Top-20 Bronco Stadium Crowds
No.Att.OpponentDateWinnerScore
1.36,864BYUSeptember 20, 2012Boise State7-6
2.36,084San DiegoNovember 3, 2012San Diego State21-19
3.36,069Air ForceSeptember 13, 2013Boise State42-20
4.36,012UNLVOctober 20, 2012Boise State32-7
5.35,843 NevadaOctober 19, 2013Boise State34-17
6.35,742 Fresno StateOctober 13, 2012Boise State20-10
7.35,356Southern MissSeptember 28, 2013Boise State60-7
8.34,196Air ForceOctober 22, 2011Boise State37-26
9.34,178Miami (Ohio)September 15, 2012Boise State39-12
10.34,146TCUNovember 12, 2011TCU36-35
11.34,137Oregon StateSeptember 25, 2010Boise State37-24
12.34,127OregonSeptember 3, 2009Boise State19-8
13.34,098NevadaOctober 1, 2011Boise State30-10
14.34,060Hawai'iNovember 6, 2010Boise State42-7
15.34,019TulsaSeptember 24, 2011Boise State41-21
16.33,992WyomingNovember 16, 2013Boise State48-7
17.33,986IdahoNovember 14, 2009Boise State63-25
18.33,878New MexicoDecember 3, 2011Boise State45-0
19.33,833ToledoOctober 9, 2010Boise State57-14
20.33,773WyomingNovember 26, 2011Boise State36-14

Boise State's Year-by-Year Record in Bronco Stadium:
1970: 5-1
1971: 7-0
1972: 4-1
1973: 6-0
1974: 6-0
1975: 6-2
1976: 4-2
1977: 5-0
1978: 6-1
1979: 5-1
1980: 6-1
1981: 5-2
1982: 5-1
1983: 5-1
1984: 2-4
1985: 5-1
1986: 4-2
1987: 5-2
1988: 5-2
1989: 5-2
1990: 7-1
1991: 7-0
1992: 3-3
1993: 3-4
1994: 10-0
1995: 5-2
1996: 1-6
1997: 3-2
1998: 4-3
1999: 8-0
2000: 6-0
2001: 5-1
2002: 7-0
2003: 6-0
2004: 7-0
2005: 6-1
2006: 6-0
2007: 7-0
2008: 5-0
2009: 7-0
2010: 6-0
2011: 5-1
2012: 5-1
2013: 6-0
Totals:
236-51 (.822)