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BSU says it won't join proposed downtown stadium project, city 'disappointed'

Boise State is opting out of joining the effort to bring a downtown Boise stadium to fruition. (Courtesy Rendering)

Boise State is opting out of joining the effort to bring a downtown Boise stadium to fruition.

The university issued a statement Thursday about its plans to drop out.

“As a baseball fan, I support efforts that boost baseball in Boise and give our community a chance to enjoy the sport for years to come,” said Bob Kustra, BSU president. “I wish the Hawks and the City of Boise the best in moving forward. But my primary responsibility as university president is to make the best choices for the future of Boise State.”

BSU says the question came down to the most efficient use of public dollars and that it became "clear that a long-term lease would be less financially prudent than a project that Boise State could either build or lease to own."

Boise State is searching for a baseball coach to lead its new team and plans to construct a collegiate baseball stadium on or near campus.

The city of Boise said it was "disappointed" over the university's decision.

Here's the full statement from mayor Dave Bieter.

"Boise State would have been a natural tenant for the Boise Sports Park, so we are disappointed to hear that Agon Sports and Entertainment and Boise State were not able to reach an agreement. However, our independent analysis shows that the Boise Sports Park could be highly successful without Boise State as a tenant."

"We are excited by the continued interest of the Boise School District and the other possible users of the sports park and will move ahead with the process to ensure that the project is a good fit for its neighbors and for the city has a whole. We wish Boise State baseball and women’s soccer a successful future."

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