BOISE - The summer baseball season kicks off tomorrow night for the Boise Hawks. The team is hosting the Eugene Emeralds at Memorial Stadium for its 31st home opener and debuting a new feature aimed at making the game even better for fans.
A new addition that you can't miss on the field this year for the Hawks is a brand new state of the art video board, which will give the fans a closer look at replays, live video, and statistics.
"We wanted to do something with a splash but we wanted to do something that was going enhance the fan experience and this was just a dimension of the game that we were clearly missing," said, Hawks President Jeff Eiseman.
As far as the product on the field Hawks President Jeff Eiseman says the team is going in the right direction. The Hawks are a farm team for the Major League's Colorado Rockies who are currently sitting in first place in the National League West. Eiseman says the Rockies' success is having a trickle-down effect on the team here in Boise.
"I think it's important to recognize that you are starting to see the guys that were here two years ago and they are going to start trickling up we are very proud of our Rockies," said, Eiseman.
Tomorrow night's game will be a special one as a local favorite and former Boise State Bronco Joe Martarano will be suiting it up for the Emeralds and Eiseman expects to see a large crowd for his return.
"I think it will be a lot of fun for the BSU alumni that come out and support him. We will be cheering for him we just don't want him to hit a game-winning knock off, " said, Eiseman.
Looking ahead the Hawks have not slowed down on plans for their new stadium in downtown Boise in 2020. The team has continued talks with Boise State about the possibility of sharing the facilities but nothing has been set in concrete.
"Everything is happening the way it's supposed to happen there's a study that the city has ushered and we are waiting to get the results back from that, so we can figure out what is the proper mix for the development," said, Eiseman.
The Hawks will play 37 games at home this upcoming season and tomorrow night's game is set to begin at 7:15 pm.