Thanks to a $4.5 million gift from Melaleuca, Boise State Athletics will install a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard this football season. This new addition to Albertsons Stadium will make Boise State the owners of the largest video board in the Mountain West Conference, adding big tech to dazzle fans above the famous blue turf.
Several news outlets have covered the announcement of this exciting addition to Boise State including Boise State Athletics, East Idaho News, Idaho Falls Magazine, Idaho Statesman, KTVB, and Athletic Business, among others.
Bigger is Better
This new video board will boast a whopping 6,000 square feet, making it roughly 1,800 square feet bigger than the largest video board in the conference. Fans will now enjoy the added spectacle of the high-resolution, 10-millimeter visual display, bringing renewed pomp and circumstance to the stadium.
“When it comes to TV screens and scoreboards, bigger is better,” said Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot. “With a college football program as legendary as Boise State and a fanbase that encapsulates our entire state, the fans deserve a top-of-the-line video board worthy of Boise State’s reputation as a world-class football power. I’m glad that Melaleuca could provide it.”
Melaleuca’s donation marks the largest one-time facility gift in the history of Boise State Athletics. This was done as a demonstration of support to students, alumni, and community members.
A Long-Time Supporter of Education Institutions
Melaleuca has a long history of supporting educational, community-wide improvements through the years. With the educational crisis of 2020, Melaleuca responded to a need for computers for students without access to devices. Melaleuca donated computers and monitors to schools, helping them close this digital divide.
Melaleuca donated $250,000 to fund an Event Center in Bonneville County to be used for educational programs, indoor youth sports, and the 4-H program. The Melaleuca Event Center has been a much-loved addition to the community since its completion in 2018.
The company has additionally provided scholarships to low-income families over the years.
Melaleuca’s CEO has also donated millions of dollars to educational institutions, specifically to help students access online learning, earn industry certificates, and graduate with degrees. He also invested over $2 million to restore a historic schoolhouse before donating the building’s use to a public school.
Melaleuca Champions Boise State
“We are incredibly grateful to Melaleuca for the company’s investment in Boise State University,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State president. “Not only will this new screen showcase football excitement in Albertsons Stadium, but it also will enhance the experience at all events held in the stadium, including our spring commencement ceremonies, student movie nights, concerts and more. This is a gift that will impact our entire community.”
Melaleuca frequently recruits from Boise State and is pleased to further develop the recruiting pipeline due to an increased level of involvement with the University.
Melaleuca frequently “Melaleuca is partnering with Boise State Athletics because of the program’s timeless values, blue-collar mentality, strong work ethic and championship tradition,” said Melaleuca President Cole Clinger, a 2004 Boise State graduate. “It’s clear that Melaleuca and Boise State University share these values. Melaleuca is certainly not one of the largest companies in the nation, but we show up and compete with the goliaths each and every day. We strive to be the best through ingenuity, hard work and executing as a team. We provide an opportunity to the ‘little guy’ who has been overlooked, and we have found that when they get that opportunity, the ‘little guy’ can go toe to toe with anyone out there. So is the case with Boise State.”