Boise State plans to build a baseball field for its athletic department north of the intersection of Beacon Street and Grant Avenue, President Bob Kustra said Friday.
The complex likely would run across Grant. Boise State already owns the land, Kustra said. The location is roughly diagonal across Beacon from an Albertsons store that is being rebuilt.
The baseball field, which would accommodate a Broncos baseball program expected to begin play in spring 2020, would have seating near the minimum for Division I baseball, Kustra said. Many small programs have 500 seats. The smallest venues in the Mountain West have 1,000.
The school has come up with two financing models to pay for the stadium, Kustra said. One version wouldn’t involve bonding.
Kustra hopes to begin construction in the spring.
“We’re not going to build an expensive stadium,” he said. “… I don’t care how fancy the facility is as long as our coach and athletes have access to it all the time.”
Boise State announced late last month it was withdrawing from the effort to build a Downtown Boise baseball stadium that would house the Boise Hawks, a minor-league soccer team and Boise State baseball. That effort has continued without the Broncos.
Boise State has interviewed four candidates for the baseball coach job. A hire could be announced as soon as next week, Kustra said.
Two of the candidates told the school they had experience sharing a baseball stadium and considered Boise State’s decision to build its own facility wise, Kustra said. He was worried scheduling conflicts would arise for practices and games.
“In the end, that’s all it was,” he said. “I told (Mayor Dave Bieter) when I called him, I wish them all the success. You’re looking at a guy who voted for lights at Wrigley Field (in Chicago), for the stadium for the White Sox. I’m not hung up on this thing that somehow governments shouldn’t play a role in the life of sports in America. … I was simply looking at this from the standpoint of what made sense for our players and coaches.”