Lakeway Sports: The future of sports and recreation in Boise
Posted On July 5, 2021
The future is here, and sports and entertainment in the Boise area are going through a rebirth.
The city’s new city council approved a plan to revitalize Lakeway and Northwoods, two of the largest outdoor sports and leisure centers in the U.S. to be reborn.
The $1.5 billion plan includes a $2 million gift to the city from the Umpqua Community College System.
The project includes an amphitheater, an indoor football stadium, a golf course, a water park, a restaurant, a retail shop and a hotel.
The arena, which will be part of a complex of residential, retail and residential buildings, will host sports, entertainment, community events and other special events.
The arena is expected to open to the public in late 2020.
In addition, the new arena will house an international sports arena for the International Olympic Committee.
A new soccer stadium will be built in the area.
It is a joint venture between the University of Idaho and the city of Boise.
The new arena and its associated development will create more than 5,000 construction jobs and generate $1 billion in tax revenue for the city.
The city will also build more than 1,000 hotel rooms and about 2,000 more residential units.
The apartments and hotel rooms are expected to generate more than $5 million in hotel tax revenue.
The plan also includes a new lakefront pedestrian bridge that will connect the downtown to Lakeway.
The project is scheduled to open in 2019.
The announcement comes as Boise’s population continues to grow.
It reached its highest point in 2020, at 604,868, and its population has continued to climb steadily in the past decade.