Boise State University announced on Thursday it will discontinue its baseball and swim and dive programs.
“This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen,” Boise States Athletic Director Curt Apsey said.
The decision was made in response to the university’s plan to reduce its budget by almost $3 million.
“Today’s decision came after an extensive review and in-depth analysis of the athletics department’s budgets and programs by several senior leaders,” President Dr. Marlene Tromp said. “The university had already been working closely with athletics to create a sustainable budget. The pandemic has made a challenging financial situation unsustainable.”
The announcement said that all student-athletes scholarships from the impacted sports will be honored. The athletic department will also provide help for student-athletes looking to transfer.
Apsey said the school could look to make further cuts in the future.
“I would be untruthful if I said this was over,” he said. “Whether that be more programs or other cuts.”
Ends plan for ballpark
The move will put an end to Boise State’s push to build a new ballpark on Beacon St. near the southern edge of the campus.
“Without a program, we’re obviously not going to have a ballpark,” Apsey told BoiseDev. “We’ve been going through a lot of challenges to get this ballpark through. We finally decided on a location and cleared the lot.”
Dr. Marlene Tromp told BoiseDev the school will continue to evaluate the area. Late last month, the Ada County Highway District decided not to allow the school to vacate several roads around the proposed ballpark.
“As we look forward as a campus that already has so much compression, and often double use of space, we are always looking at ways in our own boundaries to make sure we are using space efficiently,” Tromp said. “We know we will need to utilize new space as we grow.”
Another, separate baseball stadium planned for Boise, for the Boise Hawks, fell apart last year when voters approved a ballot measure limiting the use of public funds.
BoiseDev’s Don Day contributed to this report.