UI Arena Scores a Win with Albertsons Companies’ Support
Posted on: November 30th, 2016
By: Christine Wilcox
Albertsons Companies will have its name in lights on the University of Idaho campus with the commitment of $500,000 over the next 10 years to the new court-sports arena and naming rights to the scoreboard. The donation is a reflection of the longtime partnership between UI and Albertsons.
“Albertsons and UI are both grounded in a mission to support and invest in our home state,” said UI President Chuck Staben.
Representatives from Albertsons will be recognized at the Vandal home football game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activities Center.
The announcement of the 4,700-seat arena came in October as UI neared the halfway point in fundraising for the $30 million project. The arena, slated for construction north of the Kibbie Dome, will host UI’s basketball and volleyball teams, as well as be a gathering space for a variety of events to enhance student life at UI.
“Albertsons’ commitment to Idaho extends beyond our stores and into the institutions that help make our people extraordinary and the state of Idaho one of the best places to live and work in the country,” said Bob Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of Albertsons Companies. “The UI arena will be an exceptional addition to the student experience in Moscow, and Albertsons Companies is grateful for the opportunity to help bring a long-term goal to fruition for the students and the community.”
The arena is planned as a wood and wood-product building, using one of Idaho’s greatest natural resources to further build the Idaho-based legacy of this building. The 70,000-square-foot facility has been a focus of Staben since he arrived — and a goal for UI for nearly 50 years.
UI plans to seek approval from the State Board of Education to plan and bid the construction in February 2017.
Backing from the students, in the form of a self-imposed fee, added to the momentum.
“The enthusiasm and support from our students is important to this project and the integral part it will play in campus life,” Staben said.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives and to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2015 alone, with the help of generous customers, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,300 communities they serve, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach.
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is one of only 72 land-grant research universities in the United States. From its residential campus in Moscow, UI serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, and Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to more than 11,000 students statewide, UI is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. UI competes in the Big Sky Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu
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