That's nice but when is Idaho going to get a new stadium?
I want to know this too. Idaho's Kibbie Dome situation just kills me. Idaho is a school that could get approved into the MWC if they just had a 35K football stadium. The local Spokane Market is good and as they are the flagship and best established school in Idaho, they are at least #2 the rest of the smaller Idaho markets too. TV wise, those markets combine to amount to about 3 times what Boise State can deliver. That TV share that close by would get the rest of the MWC's attention, unlike Boise State's situation where their only MWC cards are a large mormon population, a reasonable stadium, and current national strong seasons. (Reading between the lines, Boise has won "yes" votes from pro-mormon forces -Utah and BYU- and "no" votes from everyone else - financial bottom line schools). Adding a former JUCO, despite on the feild success, is not going to suddenly make the MWC seem like a worthy FBS conference any more than adding a small private with a fat TV market did. In fact, adding Nevada flagship Reno offers the same number of TVs, has a "yes" vote from UNLV (and probably SDSU), better academics, and a middle of the pack program. Don't think the MWC is looking to add a school to be the conference powerhouse. All they want is to make as much money as possible. Adding a healthy football program at a state flagship (better academics) with nearly 900 TV households does a lot more in regards to BCS status and TV revenues.
The Kibbie dome is a small indoor multipurpose stadium that is acceptable for all sports but football.
I don't think it is reasonable for the NCAA to block Idaho from renting Martin Stadium for football games. But be that as it is, there are other options. I think in the position of the Idaho President, I would force the issue by scheduling all home football games at Martin Stadium "until a new stadium that seats 35K that is designed to be expandable in 5K intervals is built on Idaho Soil."
I would "condemn" the Kibbie Dome as an acceptable facility for Division IA football, because it cannot deliver the 15k required to retain membership. This would force the state legislature to recognize the issue's importance to the future of the University and Idaho's national prestige.
If that failed, I would go to the student body and present the case for IA football at Idaho. I'd see if I could get a student referrendum passed for a new student fee of $10 per class hour to fund a new stadium. That would amount to about $150 for a student with 15 hours or $300 a year. Multiply that by a student body of 13,000 and you have $3.9 Million a year. I think you could get the state (or even a well off booster/angel investor) to "front the money to the students" and have student fees pay back the cost over the course of 10 years.
Right now, the NCAA has leverage on Idaho because they can say, " you didn't hit our minimum numbers". If Idaho averaged about 17K playing at Pullman (very reasonable), it would make the case for an on campus stadium.
Idaho paid 7.5K per game to rent Pullman in their run up to IA.
Today, the costs run 25K per game in rental fees plus 7K-15K in staff vs. 7K to play at UI's own kibbie dome w/ an additional 3-7K in staff wages. There are a number of additional fees listed in the article.
It also says a new stadium would run about $1k per seat. So lets say a 35K stadium would run $35K. A student "blessed" fee could pay that off entirely in 10-12 years.
I am flabbergasted that nothing like this is being done with the foreseeable future reputation of the University of Idaho (and the state) at stake. Don't screw around building a new home for basketball and tabletennis (or whatever) when football, your cash cow, might be on the verge of falling out of IA. That is just crazy stupid.