Boise State said Friday that its new baseball team will play its first season’s home games at the Boise Hawks’ Memorial Stadium in 2020.
“We are excited to have a place to call home as we work through the process of developing something permanent,” head coach Gary Van Tol said news release.
“We appreciate Bob Flannery, the general manager of the Boise Hawks, and his staff for their efforts and the opportunity to move into Hawks Memorial Stadium to play our first season in 40 years,” Van Tol said. “The Boise Hawks’ support and experience in professional baseball will provide our players, staff and fans a quality environment and venue that will make our first season a special one.”
On Feb. 8, Boise State announced that a new home stadium would not be ready for 2020, the school’s first varsity baseball season since 1980.
When the university announced in April 2017 that it would drop wrestling to bring back baseball, an on-campus stadium was part of the plan. That plan, however, took longer than expected. Though the school secured the last few pieces of land necessary for a proposed stadium in December, it was still in talks with potential developers as of February, according to Boise State spokesman Greg Hahn.
Boise State’s proposed on-campus stadium would be north of Beacon Street between Euclid Avenue and Denver Avenue.
Boise State now has 12 players on its roster. The team began practicing in the fall at Fort Boise.
Memorial Stadium, located in Garden City, has housed the Boise Hawks since 1989, according to Ballpark Digest. The Hawks are currently a Class A short-season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
Chris Schoen, the managing partner of the Hawks’ ownership group, also is managing principal of Greenstone Properties, the developer trying to build a multisport stadium bordered by Main and 27th streets, Fairview Avenue and Whitewater Park Boulevard. The proposed stadium would house the Hawks as well as a new United Soccer League franchise, per previous Statesman reporting.
At first the Broncos showed interest in playing there. There was a plan for the Hawks and BSU to share a state-of-the-art baseball stadium. But in October 2017, Boise State announced that it would not be a part of the stadium project. University leaders opted instead to play games on or near campus.
The college baseball regular season runs from February through May; the Boise Hawks’ first game at Memorial Stadium isn’t until June 17, meaning there will not be overlap.
Boise State’s first home game is Feb. 28 against Northern Colorado.