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Memorial Stadium gets upgrades as Boise Hawks’ season nears

Baseball season in Boise begins in three weeks when the Boise Hawks open the 2015 season June 18 at Memorial Stadium. Media got a look at a few stadium upgrades Thursday.

Among them are a new netting designed to give fans a better view of the field, an improved sound system, three rows of new seats behind home plate and an upgraded Hawk’s Nest, now known as the “Purple Porch.” The team’s new affiliate, the Colorado Rockies, wear black and purple. The field itself was laser-leveled for a better playing surface.

One unique addition, though not yet on display, will be an approximately 30-foot blimp that will fly on the west side of the stadium rigged to a pulley system to help block the sun for those sitting on the first-base side, which is normally free of any sort of shade.

“We wanted to enhance the fan experience, that’s where we put our money this year,” said Missy Martin, Hawks vice president of operations and human resources.

The upgrades were important for the new ownership group, of which Martin is a partner, but to answer the question that has surrounded the team for a long time, yes, there are hopes for a new stadium — someday.

“There is a long-term vision for something bigger, there’s a long-term vision for a (new) stadium at some point,” Martin said. “We’re just really focused on ’15 and ’16 and getting people to re-engage with the team.”

Hawks single-game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase them here, or at Memorial Stadium. The team this season will wear purple alternates on Saturdays, plus have special uniforms on July 25 (ugly sweater-themed jerseys for Christmas In July Night) and Aug. 1 (camouflage jerseys on Military Appreciation Night).

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