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Boise State will again focus on on-campus ballpark

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Boise State says it will again focus on locating its baseball team at a proposed on-campus baseball stadium. The school changed course several times and told the Idaho Press’ Margaret Carmel it could again join a Boise Sports Park project.

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But today, the school again said it would look to a facility south of Albertsons Stadium.

“After several months of discussions and analyses, Boise State University will continue to pursue construction of an on-campus ballpark,” Boise State University VP of Communications Greg Hahn said. “In the end, it was determined that the on-campus ballpark remained the most prudent use of public dollars and the best way for Boise State baseball to help build on our university’s national reputation and vibrant campus life.”

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Greenstone Properties principal Chris Schoen met with Boise State interim president Martin Schimpf last fall.

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“The prospect of prolonged uncertainty in the development of a municipal ballpark
makes it prudent for the University to move forward with constructing its own
facility in time for the Spring 2021 collegiate baseball season,” Schimpf said in a statement released by the school.

The new Boise State baseball team will launch its first season at Memorial Stadium near Garden City, with hopes to later move to the on-campus park

“We have said all along that we will make the best long-term decision for Boise
State, this new program and its student-athletes,” Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said. “I’m happy for our team, especially head coach Gary Van Tol — they can now move forward with certainty about their home field and its significant role on our campus today and well into the future.”

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