Getting Ready for Football - City of Caldwell
Monday, July 13, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The College of Idaho began informally considering restoring an intercollegiate football program that had ended in 1977. Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas and President of College of Idaho, Dr. Marvin Henberg, began discussing how the two organizations could collaborate in making this new transition as easy and beneficial as possible for both the City and the College.
Simplot Stadium—to be the site of the College’s home games—is located within the City of Caldwell Event Center complex, along with the Caldwell Night Rodeo, the O’Conner Field House and the Canyon County Fairgrounds. All of these event partners were brought to the table to design the improvements that would benefit all.
The College of Idaho contracted for the exclusive use of City owned Simplot Stadium and committed to put in an artificial turf football field and the necessary field improvements for football. The City committed to the infrastructure improvements for power, water, public pathways and improving adjacent land for use of the College and other partners in the City Event Center. Improvements in stadium seating had been upgraded previously on expectation that increased stadium use was in the offing.
The City completed the field base and infrastructure improvements, the College completed the installation of the artificial turf, scoreboard and sidelines and on September 13, 2014, with almost 4,961 fans looking on, the first College of Idaho intercollegiate home football game since 1977 was played in Caldwell.
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