Boise State University President Bob Kustra on Thursday declared the school a free agent in the Downtown Stadium Saga with a surprise announcement the school will not participate in the subsidized real estate development plan put forth by Boise City officials, opting instead on creating its own ball park.
The announcement from BSU said, “In the end, the question came down to the most efficient use of public dollars: 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,” according to a BSU news release. “The downtown stadium project remained one of the options the university was pursuing until this week. University officials called city leaders and others to tell them personally of the decision.”
At this writing, the Greater Boise Auditorium District board is meeting. The agenda includes presentations from both sides of the stadium issue (see previous story) as well as approval of next year’s budget. The new budget does not include any provisions for funds dedicated to a stadium project.
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