Jun. 3, 2015

Basque Soccer Friendly Opens Downtown Boise Store

Soccer fans can purchase their merchandise for the upcoming match at the Basque Soccer Friendly's new retail store, located at 401 S. Eighth Street in downtown Boise. In addition to merchandise, the store features a large flatscreen television and couches for soccer fans to watch matches leading up to the big game. The new shop will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Apr. 9, 2015

Basque-rich Boise to Host Professional Soccer Match This Summer

by the Basque Soccer Friendly

The Basque Soccer Friendly, a partnership between the Basque Studies Foundation and the Idaho Youth Soccer Association brings a unique community event to Boise this summer. On July 29, Athletic Bilbao of Spain will face Club Tijuana of Mexico in Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for youth soccer and support the Basque Studies program at Boise State. 

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Mar. 10, 2016

Professional Soccer Teams Set to Play in Meridian

Soccer fans are in for a treat: The chance to see a professional soccer match right here in the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Youth Soccer Association announced Thursday Major League Soccer champions the Portland Timbers are headed to Meridian this summer to square off in an exhibition match against the Swope Park Rangers of Kansas City. The game is set for Saturday, June 4 at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Portland Timbers and T2, said the match is meant to appeal to fans in the Gem State, which lacks a professional soccer team of its own. "With Idaho being an important part of the Timbers Homegrown territory, playing this T2 game in Boise is a great opportunity for the club to further develop and broaden its partnerships in the state and to showcase the Timbers brand to an ever-increasing, regional fan base," he said in a statement.

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Jul. 9, 2015

How Boise Came to Host a World-Class Soccer Exhibition

by Cienna Madrid, Boise State University

On July 9, workers will pour into Albertsons Stadium and begin covering Boise State’s iconic blue football turf with vibrant green sod for the first time in its 19-year history. Over the course of a few days, yard lines and end zones will be replaced with touch lines and goal lines, football goalposts will be replaced with soccer nets and two new team flags will fly over the stadium: the red-and-white crest of soccer club Athletic Bilbao and that of a Mexican hairless dog — the mascot of Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente.

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Jun. 8, 2016

Pro Soccer Could Be Headed To Boise

Boise is a prime candidate for a professional soccer team if the community can establish a team ownership group and build a stadium with at least 5,000 seats, a soccer executive said. Jake Edwards, president of the 29-team United Soccer League, was at the Portland Timbers T2-Swope Park Rangers game June 4 in Meridian and had extensive talks with local soccer officials. “We like what we see in Boise,” Edwards said. “We’ve been looking at Boise for a while.”

The Meridian game at Rocky Mountain High School drew more than 4,500 – more than the Timbers T2 have had at any game in Portland this season, said Bill Taylor, president of Idaho Youth Soccer Association, which organized the game.

This game was the first time USL had a league game at a neutral site. It was also the first professional American soccer match in Idaho, in the footsteps of last year’s first international match in Idaho. USL is the third level of professional U.S. league soccer behind Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League.

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Apr. 12, 2015

Gardner’s next big idea for Downtown Boise: A big hotel. And maybe a soccer stadium.

A lot of dominoes fell into place over the past two years to make the Gardner Co.’s new Downtown Boise project possible. First, the economy has been recovering from the Great Recession. Gardner finished the Eighth & Main building, Idaho’s tallest structure, early last year.

A few months later, the Utah-based developer started construction of City Center Plaza, a project whose plans include office, restaurant, meeting and parking space, an underground bus station and an expansion of Boise Centre, the Greater Boise Auditorium District’s convention venue.

Now, Gardner COO Tommy Ahlquist has fixed his eye on Parcel B, the five acres immediately west of the JUMP lot. Ahlquist said he’s sure Gardner will build a 300-room, full-service hotel on Parcel B.The other thing he wants, but is less sure of, might be more impressive: a stadium with up to 5,000 seats that would be the home field for a future Boise minor league soccer team.  

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