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