Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Team Suits Up to Find Ideal Spot for Proposed Stadium

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

In the wake of a just-released market viability analysis of a new multipurpose stadium for Boise, a new group calling itself the Better Boise Coalition wants to step up to the plate.

"Where stadium projects have been well-planned, they have offered a tremendous boost to the local economy," said Bill Connors, president and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber, along with ownership of the Boise Hawks, and representatives from Washington Trust and Key Banks, will team up with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter on Thursday to take the lead on finding the ideal site for a new Boise stadium.

On June 29, Citydesk first reported that an analysis concluded that Boise could attract a higher caliber of baseball, could boost attendance to baseball games by as much as 43 percent, and could host a variety of varsity athletic events. Hawks ownership even expressed interest in purchasing a minor league soccer franchise to serve as a second anchor tenant" to a new stadium.

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