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Boise State's baseball stadium won't be ready when broncos take the field in 2020

FILE- Members of the media met with the new Boise State Baseball team and even take a swing at a baseball or two Friday in Boise. The Boise State baseball program is slated to return to the diamond for the 2020 season. (Axel Quartarone Photo)

BOISE — When the Boise State baseball team takes the field in the spring of 2020 for the first time in nearly 40 years, it won’t be at an on-campus field.

Boise State announced Friday that the completion of a new baseball stadium won’t be done in time for the return of baseball in 2020. The Broncos will instead play somewhere else temporarily.

“Having something for the first season was a priority for us but working through the process has taken more time than anticipated,” athletic director Curt Apsey said in a release. “A permanent home is still obviously something we are working toward, but this is about much more than the 2020 season. It’s about building something the right way. We want to make sure that we are playing in something that this program can be proud of many years down the road.”

Current plans are for an on-campus baseball stadium to be built north of Beacon Road, across the street from the new Albertsons. But the Broncos had delays in acquiring the land and haven’t finalized a design or price. How the stadium will be paid for also hasn’t been fully determined or released.

With the first game scheduled for barely a year from now, Boise State ran out of time to get the stadium designed, built and paid for in time.

“I have the utmost confidence in the people I work for and represent," head coach Gary Van Tol said. "Together, we will take the time needed to build this program the right way. It’s not about throwing some bases down in the parking lot overnight, but having the patience to build something strong that will last a long, long time.”

Boise State already has 12 players on campus and will welcome a full recruiting class over the summer. The Broncos will practice in the fall and begin playing games in the spring of 2020. When they do, it will be the first baseball game for Boise State since 1980.

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