Arena Refresh on Track

Holt Construction Provides Comfort & Amenities, Access Changes for Games

By Virginia Brocksome

Since the very beginning of Simplot Games in 1979, Idaho State University’s Holt Arena and its banked wood track have been critical to the event’s success. Construction of the iconic Holt Arena was completed in 1970 and has provided the Pocatello community and countless visitors many unforgettable experiences over the years. Last year, after 52 years of operations, a large-scale renovation of Holt Arena began. Thanks to a generous donation from Idaho Central Credit Union, the Holt Arena will be upgraded for present and future audiences to enjoy for years to come.

The renovations consist of two phases, with phase one already completed on September 15, 2022. Simplot Games attendees this year will experience the renovated north side of the Holt Arena and its new seating in Idaho State University’s colors of orange and black. The turf has been replaced and is now orange and grey. Handicap seating on the north side has been added for more accessibility, and a handicap-accessible ramp has been built leading into the northeast corner stand. Restrooms have been added to the suite level, and luxury box seating and the Idaho Central Credit Union’s Presidential deck were added.

Phase two of the renovations, projected to be done later this year, will further enhance Holt Arena. Phase two will duplicate seating and accessibility on the south side to match phase one improvements on the north side. An Energy Craft ceiling liner and a Kalwall system will be added to improve lighting, acoustics, and energy efficiency. The north and south interior walls will be painted, and cosmetic upgrades to the south side press box will be made. Because these phase two renovations are in process now, the Holt Arena’s south side entrances and seating are currently unavailable. All Simplot Games attendees will enter through the north entrances this year.

“These upgrades will have a tremendous impact on ISU students, athletes, and the community,” said George Casper, Holt Arena Director of Events. “It will elevate the fan experience.” Simplot Games Executive Director Lisa Woodland agreed, “The Simplot Games and all other events held at the Holt Arena will significantly benefit from these renovations. We appreciate the consideration and patience of ISU and Starr Corporation who were willing to pause renovations so that the 43rd annual Simplot Games could take place.”