The Boise State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams might need to find a new place to run.
With the school’s contract at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center set to expire after the 2018-2019 academic year, the teams are uncertain where they will compete in the future, according to documents obtained by the Idaho Statesman.
Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey and Ford Idaho Center General Manager Tim Savona confirmed negotiations for a renewal are ongoing. The Jacksons Indoor Track was built in 2002 adjacent to the Idaho Center arena.
“We’re committed to indoor track and field. Our current facility agreement is under consideration for an extension, though we may look for another location,” Apsey told the Idaho Statesman. “If neither comes to fruition, we will need to consider additional competitions away from the Treasure Valley.”
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In emails and reports shared among Boise State administrators obtained by the Idaho Statesman, men’s indoor track was discussed as one of the sports under consideration to be cut to comply with Title IX, including the gender-equity repercussions of starting the proposed baseball program. The documents state that “dropping indoor track helps with gender equity with or without baseball.”
One report says, “Indoor track in Nampa goes away in 2019, no indoor facility in the plan.” The report is labeled the “Baseball-Discontinue Sports Summary” and is dated April 12, 2017.
Under the “ending concerns” section of the document, it reads “Track or Wrestling?” as potential options to be cut. The wrestling program was canceled on April 18.
Boise State held five indoor track and field meets in Nampa this past season. The venue also hosted the 2012 NCAA indoor track and field championship meet. Boise State staged only one home outdoor meet this spring.
“There is no agenda or plans that says things will terminate in 2019,” Savona said. “... We are having discussions.”