Possible Sports Stadium Developers Shift Focus to West of Downtown Boise 

click to enlarge A 2017 rendering of a possible sports stadium in downtown Boise. - COURTESY BOISE HAWKS
  • Courtesy Boise Hawks
  • A 2017 rendering of a possible sports stadium in downtown Boise.
Developers still have their sights set on building a sports stadium in Boise; they've just shifted their focus to west of downtown. It's been nearly a year-and-a-half since Greenstone Properties announced that they were dealing with St. Luke's Health System to purchase an 11-acre parcel of land at the corner of Americana Boulevard and shoreline Drive. But now, after a fairly robust debate about parking and transportation impacts at that location, Greenstone principal Chris Schoen says it made more sense to "put its full focus" on a different location in the West End, adding that the exact location "still needs to be finalized."

In 2017, developers said the initial cost of a proposed sports stadium was estimated at $41 million.

"Once the location is determined, we look forward to working with the city and the neighborhood on next steps," said Schoen. "There are more advantages for the sports park in the West End area, including better access and visibility, with fewer residential buildings and more commercial space in close proximity."

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who has long championed the possibility of a developer building a downtown sports park, welcomed the news that the proposal was going into extra innings.

"The Boise Sports Park has engaged and excited many of our residents," said Bieter in a prepared statement. "We've long believed that a venue like this would be a great new downtown amenity for all Boiseans. This is a new opportunity for a part of our downtown that has great potential and we look forward to seeing the concepts Mr. Schoen and his partners bring forward in the coming weeks and months."
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