BOISE -- From quidditch and lacrosse teams, to the Bronco football team, there may soon be three new fields on the Boise State campus, and they are all planned for construction throughout the next year.
Progress is already underway for two of the new fields: one grass and one artificial turf. The third, another grass, still needs state board approval.
"The great news about these developments is students really want more green spaces, they want recreation spaces. Right now, the university only had one intramural field, and it was so highly used that it was very difficult to properly maintain," said Jared Everett, the Interim Associate Vice President Campus Planning and Facilities at Boise State University.
This summer and fall, clubs and the football team will share the grass field by the Student Union Building, but if plans are approved, that could change.
"Long term, we envision relocating the football program to the green field that will be built ... over the applied tech areas," said Everett.
That would involve demolishing the Diesel Technology Building where there is currently some student club storage, and the Applied Technology Building, where most tenants, except the campus printing shop, have already moved out. Most are now part of the College of Western Idaho.
"Right now our top priority is relocating the print shop and other occupants of these buildings," said Everett.
Everett says tearing down the Diesel Technology Building will be a bit more costly because of underground oil storage tanks that will need to be specially torn out, but he says that is possible.
Just like the intramural grass field already under construction by the Student Union Building, the new grass field would be shared space.
"The priority will be for the football team to use the grass practice field, but when they're not using it, it will be available for any student use," said Everett.
The athletic department says the football team will make good use of a grass field by preparing to travel to opponents with grass fields and also by creating a cooler and more forgiving surface for players to practice in hot summer months.