Downtown Boise groundbreaking Tuesday to double as U.S. soccer watch party

sberg@idahostatesman.comJune 30, 2014 

— The list of people scheduled to attend Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony for City Center Plaza in Downtown Boise will interest people who closely follow politics and economic development. 

Names like U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, Boise Mayor David Bieter and Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Rick Krochalis are sure to catch the eye of the in-the-know crowd.

What comes after the groundbreaking will fire up a whole different kind of crowd. Gardner, the company that built 8th & Main — Idaho's tallest building — and is now undertaking the City Center Plaza project, plans to show the United States soccer team's match against World Cup foe Belgium at 2 p.m.

Click here for a preview of today's game

Never one to do things small, Gardner Co. will show the game on an 8-by-13-foot LED screen on The Grove plaza, company officials say.

Payette Brewing Co. will sell beer and wine at a beer garden. There will be no food trucks, but several restaurants are nearby.

The groundbreaking kicks off at 11 a.m. Tuesday. It is the symbolic start of construction on City Center Plaza, a $70 million to $80 million project that will include space for restaurants, tech firms, Boise State University's computer science department and parking, as well as an underground public transportation hub and a ballroom, kitchen and pre-function space that will serve as an expansion of the Greater Boise Auditorium District's Boise Centre. Construction of the project is scheduled to wrap up in 2016.

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