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As Hawks open season, new Boise ballpark still in limbo

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New Boise ballpark

As the Boise Hawks (short season A; Northwest League) prepare for the 2012 season, there's been little talk of a new downtown ballpark, with the future of pro ball in the city on hold.

Memorial Stadium is a very basic ballpark in an era where fans and players expect a whole lot more; as Hawks GM Todd Rahr points out, the 1989 ballpark doesn't even have a videoboard, something you expect to see at any pro facility. 

But after an effort from the Hawks and the Better Boise Coalition last summer to pitch locals on the need for a new downtown ballpark, any organizing effort has gone underground. Here's why: with the unsettled condition of the Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), there's some hope the city can land Triple-A ball. There's the desire among business leaders to make a new downtown ballpark work, but until there's a clear resolution about what kind of team will be playing downtown, those business leaders are going to patiently wait things out, we're told.

Rendering courtesy of the Better Boise Coalition.

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