$9 million from the auditorium district for a stadium? No deal in place

The Idaho Statesman reported Friday that the Greater Boise Auditorium District would contribute $9 million to a new Boise Sports Park project:

The stadium is estimated to cost $50 million, $3 million of which would come from the city, according to previous Statesman reporting. Up to $9 million would come from a hotel room tax through the Greater Boise Auditorium District, according to Todd Dvorak of Strategies 360, a communications firm representing the stadium’s developer, Greenstone Properties of Atlanta.

Reached by phone Monday, Dvorak said this is not accurate. He said he was speaking in general terms about a prior version of the project.

“That was what was previously discussed when the project was going to go over on Americana,” Dvorak said.

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Dvorak emphasized that no formal proposal is in place to pay for the possible Boise Sports Park project in the western part of Downtown Boise.

Pat Rice with the Greater Boise Auditorium District emphasized that no one has had any discussions with him or the board about a funding mechanism.

“People talk about us but as far as I know not to us,” he said – a refrain he’s steadfastly repeated in recent months.

GBAD board member Kristin Muchow had been invited to participate in a call with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Greenstone Properties principal Chris Schoen, set to be held on March 20th, according to records obtained by BoiseDev. The call was organized at the behest of Bieter’s office admin manager.

The call was cancelled before it took place.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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