The University of Idaho has just revealed plans for the $30 million Idaho Arena, which will house men’s and women’s basketball as well as volleyball.
Set to be located north of the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, the 4,700-seat Idaho Arena is being cited by university officials as a highly-anticipated boost to its athletic programs and campus. “This much-needed project is an investment in our student-athletes, in a great student experience, and in an exciting campus environment for alumni, fans and the entire community,” UI President Chuck Staben said in a statement. “It is an investment in Vandal excellence.
“A modern, stand-alone arena puts our Athletics program on a better footing in Division I Athletics. It will allow us to recruit student-athletes that help us consistently contend for championships in basketball and volleyball. An adaptable facility also provides the flexibility for a wide range of other functions, including concerts, conferences and other programming for students and the community.”
No timeline for completion was provided in the announcement, but the design calls for the inclusion of renewable Idaho wood resources in the construction. Currently the university has obtained at least $13 million in donations for the project, and continues to solicit contributions, with naming rights to the venue expected to be one of the funding sources. The basketball program will move from the Kibbie Dome’s Cowan Spectrum once the arena is completed.
In addition to sports, Idaho Arena is expected to host concerts and various on-campus events.
Rendering courtesy University of Idaho.