It will be at least another year before high school track and field fans can watch state championship meets at Dona Larsen Park.
This year's meets will be held at Eagle (5A/4A) and Middleton (3A/2A/1A) high schools. The five meets for boys and girls will run simultaneously May 17-18.
The Idaho High School Activities Association had hoped to use the new multi-purpose athletic facility near Boise State for this year's meets, but made the decision in the last month to re-organize sites. The Boise-based organization remains optimistic that at least the 5A state meet will take place at Dona Larsen in 2014.
Executive Director John Billetz said uncertainty about how smoothly a shuttle parking system would work kept the IHSAA from hosting at least a portion of this year's meets at Dona Larsen.
"The facility is wonderful. There aren't any issues there," Billetz said. "I think the shuttle would have worked, but since we had never done it before, we were just kind of a little bit nervous about bringing that many people in."
Boise State uses Dona Larsen for its softball and track and field teams, and has hosted numerous events at the facility this spring using a shuttle system from Bronco Stadium.
That same system was in place for last week's high school track and field meet called the Boise Relays. Boise School District Athletic Director Matt Kobe said he rode the shuttle to and from the meet with ease.
Using Boise State's spring season as a trial run, the IHSAA is confident it has a successful model to follow for future events at Dona Larsen. That's good news for fans, athletes and coaches who have given rave reviews to the atmosphere and watchability at Dona Larsen.
"It is definitely a great place to watch a track meet," Kobe said.
In previous years, all five state track and field meets were staged in a three-day period at Bronco Stadium, which no longer has a track surface around the football field.
Last year, the five meets were moved to Rocky Mountain High (5A), Middleton High (4A), Eagle High (3A), Centennial High (2A) and Mountain View High (1A).
Boise's four public schools - Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline - also use Dona Larsen Park for home football games in the fall.
Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX