University of Idaho unveils plans for new $30 million arena

MOSCOW, Idaho --- The University of Idaho unveiled plans Friday to construct a new, $30 million arena for the school’s basketball and volleyball teams.

The planned arena will seat 4,700 people and also host campus events and concerts, according to school officials. The school raised about half of the money needed through fundraising. 

The stadium is slated for construction on the north side of Kibbie Dome. The stadium will also serve as a gathering place for academic events, concerts and meetings, the school says.

The UI announcement of the project does not specify a construction timeline.

So, how does the new stadium compare to others in the Inland Northwest?

About 10 miles west of Moscow is  Pullman and Beasley Coliseum. Beasley is certainly an older stadium and it was built in 1973. At the time, it cost $8-million. However, Washington State University estimates that the cost to build Beasley today would be between $75 to $100 million. Capacity is more than double that of the planned Idaho area. Beasley seats roughly 12,000 people.

Then there's Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic center. The New Kennel opened in 2004 at a cost of $25 million. That's $5 million less than the planned Idaho arena. McCarthy seats 6,000 people, roughly 1,300 more than the Idaho arena.

Like the Idaho area, both McCarthy and Beasley have several other uses as well like events, concerts, and ceremonies.

(© 2016 KREM)


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