What configuration would UI take with expanding the Kibbie? Is Kibbie expandable? Or would the school build a stadium from scratch? Has there been any prelim cost projections for a new stadium?
I am sure facilities will be the sticking point for any conference shuffles.
Currently, they are finishing a Vandal Athletic Center on the East End of the Kibbie Dome. This will house offices, 7,000 sq ft of workout facility and a hall of fame. I have been privy to several alternatives for a new stadium and/or expanding the dome. The expansion options for the dome were:
1-adding a horseshoe on the west end, expanding seating to somewhere around 20K+. This option costs around $15 Million (this was a few years ago, maybe more $$ now)
2-completely expanding the dome, adding another concourse and additional bleacher seating above where the current seating is. Double the capacity to 32,000 and having a completely new roof. This option cost $45 million and while I thought it was very cool, it was not even looked at.
3-build a new outdoor stadium very close to the Kibbie Dome, being able to use the Kibbie Dome as an indoor practice facility and the possibility of switching some games indoors (nov and dec games). This option was thought to cost around $30million for 30,000 seating. There is a natural hill right by the kibbie dome, and building an outdoor stadium would be great there. It would create an atmosphere similar to that of Autzen or Martin Stadiums.
Option 3 makes the most sense to me. We can use the Dome in its current multi-use facility (it houses indoor track & field, mens & womens bball, concerts, Jazz Festival, graduation, etc.). Having an indoor facility such as that would be great because we wouldn't need a practice field, we would all ready have one.
Here is another option that was wildly thrown around as well. Building a dual stadium to house both WSU and UI home games. It would be 55K plus seating and be very adaptable to both schools. Cost split and logistics made this more of a dream than anything...