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One College, Under Hawkins, With Ticket and Parking Hikes for All

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Boise State confirmed the pre-eminence of football above all other forms of "higher education" this week, when the State Board of Education gave the final OK for an $8.9 million, 80,000-square-foot indoor practice facility for the Bronco football team ... and some other, auxiliary programs. According to plans released by the construction firm McAlvain, who was selected along with Hansen Rice, Inc. to undertake the project, the facility will contain a full-sized football field as well as room for offices and rehearsal and storage space for cheerleaders, dance teams and marching bands. McAlvain will break ground on the facility in May, and plans on having it ready for "temporary use" by training bowl teams in December. Final completion of the project is slated for February 2006. University sports officials have said that the project will be paid for through private fund-raising, as well as football ticket surcharges and reserved parking fees-in other words, get ready to walk even further to find a good parking spot for a game. And speaking of the inadequate parking, the proposed eyesore will take up space that is currently being used for parking and landscaping around the stadium. Go Blue.