Nevada latest in Mountain West Conference to explore football stadium options

Nevada is the latest Mountain West Conference member with plans to renovate its football venue, pushing a $6 million to $8 million project to add new suites, a state of the art club seating level and chair backs in at least five sections in Mackay Stadium that could boost attendance and generate needed revenues.

Private financing for the project still must be secured, but Athletics Director Doug Knuth told the Reno Gazette Journal that he is optimistic the renovations could be complete when the Wolf Pack opens the 2014 season with a game against Southern Utah.

Colorado State and UNLV also have stadium projects in the works – the Rebels are working on a very large scale, with a 60,000-seat venue that would also host a slew of other events. Boise State in 2012 added 3,500 permanent seats in the North and South end zones, pushing seating capacity at Bronco Stadium to 37,000.

At Nevada the 48-year-old Mackay Stadium has 60 skyboxes, but there is a waiting list for them. The renovation plan includes the addition of outdoor suites on the west side of the stadium and converting the boxes on the east side to patio-style boxes.

The Wolf Pack averaged 23,432 for six home games last season – Mackay holds 30,000.