BOISE-- The Boise Hawks could be playing in a brand new stadium within the next five years. That is if the organization can convince the City of Boise to help in the daunting process.
Hawks General Manager Todd Rahr says that Memorial Stadium, where the Hawks currently play, is just too old and too small. Rahr says that in order for the organization to keep the Chicago Cubs satisfied with their current affiliation, some upgrades to facilities must be made. Rahr's solution is a new multi-purpose stadium that would be built somewhere in downtown Boise.
"In our mind, again, we're trying to please the Chicago Cubs, we're trying to please the ownership group that owns the Hawks, but also the public here in the Treasure Valley to get a facility that we feel they deserve and can be a multi-purpose facility," Rahr said.
Rahr plans on using the proposed new stadium for a number of sporting events, ranging from high school football to professional soccer.
The Hawks presented a feasibility study to the City of Boise, outlining the process. The city responded by conducting its own feasibility study, which should be done in the next two weeks. Should the Boise City Council decide to move forward with the process, the next likely step would be studying possible locations and looking at possible funding models.