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Professional Soccer Could Come To Boise – But Only If A New Stadium Gets Built

Idaho Statesman
Boise Hawks

The developer of the proposed Boise Sports Park has signed an agreement to bring a professional soccer team to the capital city, though it's not a done deal.

Chris Schoen signed the deal with the United Soccer League this week to build up a minor league franchise in Boise.

But the future of the team ultimately depends on whether or not the Boise Sports Park gets built, which would also be home to the Boise Hawks minor league baseball team.

The stadium was originally slated to be built on the edges of downtown, but Schoen’s company chose to move it somewhere in the West End last summer.

That was after the project got blowback over the past year over traffic concerns and the use of taxpayer money in helping to fund it. A final location still hasn’t been chosen.

Last month, an opposition group said it would petition the city to put the stadium project up for a public vote, though they need 5,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.

The United Soccer League is a development league for Major League Soccer – the highest level of the sport in the U.S.

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