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Idaho Arena Moving to Design Phase

February 15, 2017

The Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) gave the University of Idaho approval to move into the planning and design phase of the proposed Idaho Arena, a 4,700-seat facility that will house Vandal court sports and university events. The SBOE approved the next phase of the project at its meeting Wednesday in Boise.

“We are thrilled to move forward with this much-anticipated investment at UI,” President Chuck Staben said. “It is proof of our commitment to providing a great experience for our student-athletes, our students and our fans.”

The $30 million project is over halfway to its fundraising goal, which includes funding support from students, alumni, friends and corporations. As fundraising continues, UI will move forward securing the architects and builders needed for a signature wood-engineered facility using mass timber construction.

The University is engaged in discussions with future partners from renewable resource industries with expertise in engineered wood products. The conversations within the wood industry have generated excitement for the project within the state, regionally and nationally as this would be the first signature wood facility of its size built within the state.

A strong endorsement for the project has also come from the student body. Recognizing the importance of the arena and special event center, the students voted to raise the student facilities fee to help support the project.

Media Contact:
Jodi Walker
Director, University Communications

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