A new Boise soccer stadium is a step closer to reality after Greenstone Properties reached terms with St. Luke’s Health System on an 11-acre property at the corner of Americana and Shoreline Drive envisioned as the facility site.
Besides serving as home of the Boise Hawks (Northwest League), the new facility is planned as home to a new professional soccer franchise. USL has been prominently mentioned in the past, with the MLS’s Portland Timbers mentioned as a potential parent.
“This was a critical piece in putting the stadium and development puzzle together,” said Jeff Eiseman, President & Partner of the Boise Hawks/Agon Sports & Entertainment. “We are grateful for the continued friendship and support of St. Luke’s and are excited about working with the city in earnest on the redevelopment of this new urban renewal district.”
This downtown site had been discussed earlier this year as a potential new Boise soccer stadium site. It’s no secret Hawks ownership has been seeking a replacement for Memorial Stadium, with downtown prominently discussed. And with St. Luke’s Health System putting the property on the market, Greenstone Properties — owned by Hawks co-owner Chris Schoen — envisioned the site as a mixed-use development anchored by the ballpark. The proposed development, as currently planned, would generate more than $200 million in private development and would include multi-family housing, office and retail space, integrated parking and the potential for hotel development. The private development will provide the ad valorem, sales tax and the potential for hotel tax revenue streams to pay off the bonds that would be put in place to pay for the public facilities.
“We are very excited about this milestone,” said Boise Mayor David Bieter. “We appreciate the Boise Hawks, Greenstone Properties, and St. Luke’s Health System coming together to help our city get one step closer to bringing this community amenity to our urban core. Part of our shared vision for downtown, this public space has the potential to be an epicenter for athletics, festivals and community events all our residents can enjoy and celebrate. With retail, restaurants and office space, this multi-use urban stadium and surrounding development will be the cornerstone of our growing River Street neighborhood in Downtown.”
According to Tad Shultz, President of International Stadia Design, said the soccer configuration for the new stadium would feature an open-air Club Lounge at field elevation. From there, fans can watch players pass through on their exit from the locker room to the pitch. Also featured: Operable glass walls and rooftop experiences.
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