Boise Hawks attempt to strike-out sun
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- New managers at the Memorial Stadium are trying to give Boise Hawks' fans a little shade this season.
The sun has been bothering fans that sit along the first-base line for a while now, but solutions can be costly. So the Hawks' new President, Jeff Eiseman, got creative and designed a 30-foot blimp to block the sun.
But it's got some fans wondering if 30-feet is really enough.
"This is trying to solve a 30-year old problem in this facility. I think we're all interested, including myself, to see what this can do," Eiseman said. "This could be viable and this could work. Or it could be horrific and it ends tonight. But we're flying right now."
When Eiseman was in the process of purchasing the Boise Hawks, he sat on the first-base side and listened to the fans' complaints. He said it was so bad, some people wouldn't buy tickets if they found out those were the only seats left.
Most fans were hopeful about the blimp blocking the sun out.
"On this side, the first-base line, I think it can be a great addition to the field. So I"m kind of excited to see what it does tonight," said James Brothers, a Hawks fan.
"It's good, they're going to have to turn on the stadium lights here pretty soon. It's starting to get dark," joked Robert Schannach, another Hawks fan, who was at the game with his son for Father's Day.
However, some Hawks fans remained skeptical of the 30-foot balloon.
"It's not quite as big as I thought it was going to be, but I think it's a great idea. All of the fans are super excited for it, so we'll see how it goes," said Ross Rehberg, a worker for the ballpark.
Eiseman says the balloon had around $1,000 worth of helium in it Friday night. The balloon will continue to need refills throughout the season.