BOISE -- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter believes the capital city needs to have downtown baseball stadium and he wants the Boise Hawks minor league team to call it their new "home," but the push to make it happen is turning out to be an uphill battle.
When the Boise Hawks first made their pitch for a new stadium back in August, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts came to Boise to express his concern over the current state of Memorial Stadium where the Boise Hawks have called home since 1989.
Old and outdated, Ricketts said for the Cubs to keep their minor league affiliate in Boise, they needed to see either significant updates to Memorial Stadium, or build a whole new facility all together.
Inside the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Building on Wednesday, officials from the Better Boise Coalition continued to point out the pros and cons of constructing a new $25 million stadium in downtown Boise. While Hawks general manager Todd Rahr said it will take some sort of public/private partnership to get a deal done, fellow-Boisean and recently hired Hawks hitting coach Bill Buckner was on hand to offer up his matter of fact opinion.
"I'm going to be real blunt about it. Tom Ricketts made it pretty obvious if something is not done, improving the facility at Memorial Stadium or preferably getting a new ball park like this, than Chicago Cubs won't be here," said Buckner.
Now opposed to presenting a new stadium as the "home of the Hawks" like they did back in August, Rahr says they have altered their approach to make their pitch more community minded. Calling it the Treasure Valley Sports and Entertainment Complex, Rahr said their goal is for the facility to host up to 200 events a year.
Rahr also mentioned that professional soccer is ready to come to Boise. With a team all lined up to call the City of Trees home in 2013, that all depends if they can get the funds to construct a new stadium.