Bronco Stadium | Boise State

Project Location

Boise, ID


FFKR Architects




Case Study: Bronco Stadium | Boise State

The addition of the Stueckle Sky Center to Boise State Stadium addressed needed improvements to university operations, including production and media broadcast support for its successful athletic department. Yet the school’s mandate to Salt Lake City-based FFKR Architects also emphasized new opportunities for "booster accommodations" – luxury seating and event spaces for big fans of the BSU Broncos, on three of four new levels: loge boxes, club seating, and sky suites.

Luxury Seating Regardless of the Weather

"The client wanted the luxury 'Club' seating level, spanning 324 feet, to accommodate 800 patrons in seats that could be open-air or windowed, as conditions required," recalls Jim Lohse, AIA, senior principal with FFKR Architects. For the best possible game-day experience, window framing was minimized as much as possible in FFKR’s sleek, contemporary design – whether open or closed – eliminating obstructions to views of the field below.

Ultimately, FFKR's team specified NanaWall's HSW60Thermally Broken Aluminum Framed Single-Track Sliding System – and they did so on an unprecedented scale. The 324-foot span splits in the center and fully retracts in only about 60 minutes, providing unobstructed views unachievable with conventional windows, says FFKR.

"NanaWall's system, which we opted for because of the manufacturer's singular reputation in this field, helped us create what might be the longest fully retractable span in the world." 

Switching from open to closed had to be a relatively fast operation, too. In this way, the NanaWall system allows the facility manager to make the decision to “go open or closed” based on weather conditions just before game time.

"The client also wanted a smaller operable glass wall," continues Lohse, "Four to eight panels, on the Loge level below, were used to enclose an area for food-and-beverage service and casual mingling." Here again, the challenge was to deliver open-air conditions when possible, and minimally obstructed views from the event space when the glass panels were closed. The Loge level’s NanaWall system is smaller in scale but with floor-to-ceiling glass to provide a stunning view of Broncos football events in any weather.

For both spaces, the operable glass walls also have to withstand brutal High Plains winters, requiring a high level of weather resistance.

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