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Second open house held for comment on Boise sports complex

Posted at 10:09 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 00:09:34-04

The City of Boise held its second of three open houses Tuesday to discuss a 40 million dollar multi-use sports complex. The stadium would be located near Americana Boulevard and River Street near the heart of Downtown Boise. 

    While the city maintains it would be an economic boom to the River District, some at the meeting were not looking forward to the stadium. 

    The stadium would be the new home of the Boise Hawks. It's also intended to draw a Boise based U.S. soccer league team, BSU athletics, as well as youth sporting events and other concerts and festivals.

    The City of Boise community engagement team said this location was chosen because of its positive attributes.

    "Taking a look at neighborhood needs, community needs, proximity to downtown, and also to address some of the traffic issues, the greenbelt, the connector, this was really the most viable spot," explained Lana Odintsoba with the City of Boise.

    "I'm not opposed to a sports stadium but this location is wrong," said Boise resident David Shurtleff.

    Estimates indicate the stadium would likely cost around million dollars. 5 million would come from the Greater Boise Auditorium District. Three million would come from Boise taxpayers. One million would come from a private entity. The remaining 32 million would be via a 20-year-bond issued by the Capital City Development Corporation.

    If approved by the Boise City Council, the groundbreaking is expected next summer with plans for the stadium to open sometime in 2020.

    A third and final open house will be held Monday, October 16th from 10-4 at Boise City Hall. They are also accepting comments online.