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It might have been a stunner when opened in 1989, but Memorial Stadium, home of the Boise Hawks (short season A; Northwest League), is now coming dangerously close to being an outdated professional facility, as the team is seeking a new ballpark after concluding it's not worth renovating the old place.

Memorial Stadium, Boise Hawks

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 1989
Capacity: 4,500
Original Cost: $2.3 million
Owner: Boise Hawks; land owned by Ada County
Website: boisehawks.com
Phone Number: 208-322-5000
League: Northwest League (short season A)
Parent: Chicago Cubs
Ticket Prices (2011): 3B/HP box seats, $14; 1B box seats, Fri-Sat $12, Sun-Thur $10; 3B/HP reserved seats, Fri-Sat $12, Sun-Thur $10; 1B reserved seats, Fri-Sat $7, Sun-Thur $6.
Parking: Free and abundant.
Address: 5600 Glenwood,  Boise, ID 83714.
Directions: From Mountain Home and Eastward: Take the Cole Road exit off I-84 (Exit 50), proceed north on Cole Road for five miles, take a left at the "T" Intersection and then a right at the next light. (Cole Road becomes Glenwood.) Memorial Stadium is just past the Western Idaho Fairgrounds on your right side.  From Nampa and Westward: Take Highway 20 West (Chinden Road) for approximately 15 miles. Turn left on Glenwood; ballpark is 1/2 mile ahead on the right.

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First off: the ballpark isn't really in Boise, it's in adjoining Garden City -- the suburbs, as it were, and a fair ways from a thriving downtown complete with a well-attended arena and many restaurants and brewpubs. Since Memorial Stadium opened in 1989, Boise has grown up and acquired a certain level of sophistication, due in large part to a surprising population growth that's seen outdoor enthusiasts from around the country arrive in this Idaho town. That growth is much more significant than most people realize: Boise is arguably a Triple-A market hosting a single-A team, with a population roughly the size of Des Moines and larger than Reno (depending on what measurement you use for market size). It's a surprisingly affluent town, and the folks do spend their money on sports of all kinds.