|Litehouse Center opens|
Lauded as transformative for University of Idaho Athletics, the Litehouse Center/Bud and June Ford Club Room opened Friday night to a full house of awed and appreciative donors.
With Doug and Edward Hawkins of Litehouse Foods on one side and Bud and June Ford on the other, Vandal Athletic Director Rob Spear and University President Duane Nellis applauded their generosity and thanked them for their vision in helping launch the project that provides "the best seats in college football" to the Vandal faithful.
The Litehouse Center encompasses not only the Bud and June Ford Club Room but the loge boxes and suites that bring deluxe accommodations to the Kibbie Dome. The ceremonial ribbon cutting brought to a close a six-month renovation that completely changed the look of the iconic, 36-year-old structure. Further enhancing the new look of the home of Vandal Athletics is the natural light streaming through both ends, which now are covered with translucent panels.
The Club Room was an immediate hit with the "Stadium Builders," who were on hand to witness the ribbon-cutting and have a first-look at their new loge, club and suite seats. They toasted the festive evening as the Idaho football team practiced in what seemed like daylight conditions.
While the end wall replacement was funded by the University to comply with life-safety measures, the Litehouse Center/Bud and June Ford Club Room, and new Bob Curtis Press Box on the north side all were paid for with private monies. The total invested in the replacement of both end walls and the luxury area is approximately $30 million, which brings the total invested in Kibbie Dome improvements since 2003 to almost $40 million.