Two Kelly Cup championships, three Western Conference titles, twenty players advancing to the NHL and an average of 41 wins per season in the ECHL era.
Since joining the ECHL for the 2003-04 season, the Idaho Steelheads have been synonymous with success. The team has reached at least the conference semifinals in six of the past eight seasons and hoisted the Kelly Cup in 2004 and 2007, narrowly missing out in 2010.
It all started in 1996, when Idaho's professional hockey team was officially named the Idaho Steelheads. The process to name Idaho's newest professional sports franchise began in the spring of 1996 with the “Pepsi Name The Team Sweepstakes” that gave consumers throughout Southern Idaho the chance to vote for their favorite team name. The original 25,000 entry blank were quickly consumed forcing a second printing to meet the tremendous demand. Season ticket holders were then given the opportunity to make the final decision between Steelheads and Ice Hawks in the “Pepsi Final Vote.” The name Steelheads comes from a sea-run rainbow trout usually returning to freshwater to spawn, found in rivers throughout Idaho. Rainbow trout and steelhead trout are the same species.
The original Steelheads logo was designed by Blake Thorton from Hailey, Idaho. Thorton's winning logo was chosen following a contest that featured the top graphic artists in the state of Idaho. Thorton's design was named “logo of the Year' in 1998 in on line voting by hockey fans at the In The Crease online magazine website. The voting began with logos from every team in professional hockey, including the National Hockey League, and was narrowed to 20 finalists, the top two teams from each league and four wild card entrants.
The team initially competed in the West Coast Hockey League where it won three division titles and twice advanced to the Taylor Cup final before joining the ECHL for the 2003-04 season. In that first season in the ECHL, the Steelheads – led by future NHL'ers Zenon Konopka and Dan Ellis – stormed through the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs and past the Florida Everblades to claim the championship.
Idaho's 2007 championship team was led by goaltender Steve Silverthorn, who set an ECHL record with 16 wins between the pipes as Idaho went 16-6 during the run to its second Kelly Cup title.
The team has consistently averaged at least 4,000 fans per game in the 5,006-capacity CenturyLink Arena, located in the heart of Boise, the state capital of Idaho. Averaging at least 80 percent of capacity has Idaho among the ECHL leaders in attendance percentage of capacity, creating a home-ice advantage that is among the best in the league. The Steelheads have long prided themselves on providing a vibrance to downtown Boise, annually bringing more than 160,000 people not only to CenturyLink Arena but also to the restaurants, bars, hotels and shops that surround it, generating millions upon millions of dollars for the local economy.
Tickets for events can be purchased at the CenturyLink Arena Box Office, located on the Grove Plaza opposite Capitol and Front.
The CenturyLink Arena Box Office is open Monday thru Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. On event days, the box office opens at 1:00 PM and generally remains open thru the event's intermission. Tickets may be purchased with cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and the CenturyLink Arena accepts Downtown Boise Gift Certificates. Personal checks are not accepted. For your convenience, order tickets online and print your tickets at home by clicking here. Tickets to all CenturyLink Arena events can be purchased by phone at 208-331-TIXS(8497).
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The summer of 2012 marked the most recent expansion of the stadium, adding 3,500 permanent seating in the North and South endzones, bringing the current capacity to 36,387.
In 2009 temporary, mobile seating was added in the North and South endzones, increasing capacity to 33,500.
In 2008 the Stueckle Sky Center was opened and the capacity increased to 32,000. The four level facility includes loge boxes, club seating, sky suites and game/media operations for Boise State home football games. Additionally, five individual banquet style or meeting room spaces are located throughout the 131,000 square foot facility.
The stadium was expanded to 30,000 seats prior to the start of the 1997 football season. The two-year expansion project raised the seating total from 22,600 to 30,000 seats. Included in the $10 million project is the additional seating in the southwest and southeast corners, construction of the Allen Noble Hall of fame gallery and completion of the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza.
Originally constructed with 14,500 seats at a cost of $2.2 million in 1970, Albertsons Stadium has undergone two expansions since then. In 1974, the east side upper deck was added, increasing the seating capacity to 20,000. Portable end zone seating had the capacity of the stadium at 22,600 through the 1996 season. At that point, the most recent expansion took place, raising the current capacity to 30,000. With the original cost and the two subsequent expansions, the total cost of Albertsons Stadium is estimated over $13.54 million.
Bronco Stadium is also home to the only blue Astro Turf in the World. The current turf is the new "Astro Play" which was installed during the summer of 2002. It's also the third blue field at the stadium. Boise State established a first in 1986 by installing the first blue Astro Turf field. The second blue Astro Turf was installed in 1995. Other schools have special color projects for the end zone area, but Boise State is the first to have the entire field produced in a special color. There have been two previous green Astro Turf fields installed prior to 1986. The first was during the original construction of the current stadium in 1970, with the second installed prior to the 1978 season.
Ten Boise State athletic teams posted perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2013-14 academic year, up from nine in 2012-13, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team's academic performance.
Boise State's men's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track and field (outdoor) and wrestling programs recorded perfect single-year scores of 1,000 during 2013-14.
For women's golf, the perfect score is the fourth straight, while it is the third-straight perfect score for both men's and women's tennis.
Volleyball, women's golf and women's tennis each recorded perfect multi-year APR scores, tying for first nationally among their respective sports and leading the Mountain West.
The Boise State football team, which recorded a single-year APR score of 973, ranked tied for 10th nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision schools with a multi-year APR of 981. The football team has ranked in the top 10 nationally in each of the last five releases of the multi-year APR.
Football ranked second in the Mountain West, as did swimming and diving, while wrestling ranked second in the Pac-12 Conference.
Eight programs set team records for multi-year APR scores, including women's basketball (974), women's golf (1,000), soccer (996), softball (987), swimming and diving (995), women's tennis (1,000), volleyball (1,000) and wrestling (969).
As a department, Boise State earned an overall score of 976, meaning the school earned 97.6 percent of possible points over the last four years. That number is up from 974 in last year's APR release.
The NCAA announced last week that the Broncos' football, women's golf, women's tennis and volleyball teams each earned Public Recognition Awards for having multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports nationally.
The football program is one of only five in the country to receive a Public Recognition Award in each of the last five years, a list that also includes Clemson, Duke, Northwestern and Rutgers. Women's golf has received the award each of the last two years.