Memorial Stadium (map it)
5600 Glenwood St
Boise, ID 83714
Year Opened: 1989
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Official Review by Meg Minard, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Baseball returned to Boise in 1987 with the Boise Hawks. Currently they are the Short Season A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play in the Northwest League of Professional Baseball. Memorial Stadium opened for operation in 1989. There are three separate concrete seating structures at this stadium with the concession area underneath and behind the stands.
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There is a whole variety of different food options at the stadium. Much more than I expected: Percival's Pen (Papa Murphy's Pizza); Ice Cream Novelties; Garrett's Grill (Kielbasa, Sausage, Dogs, Turkey Leg, Chorizo, Bratwurst, Gyro); Fiesta Palmero (Nachos, Tacos, etc.); Kotchman's Kitchen (Dogs, Burgers, Chicken Strips - traditional fare).
Microbrews are available for $5.
The Hawks Nest (bar and food) is located down the first base line.
I don't recall seeing a lot of baseball history displayed around the stadium. I remember enjoying the music being stopped when announcing players and relief pitchers.
The gates opened only 45 minutes before the first pitch which didn't give me enough time to review and visit the stadium as I like to do.
There was a net around the entire seating area causing distortion when watching the game.
There is nothing much in the immediate area of the stadium. It is located on a 4 lane highway with not a whole lot to see or do within walking distance. Memorial Stadium is adjacent to the Western Idaho Fairgrounds.
There is a Chapala restaurant across the 4 lane highway from the stadium that one might wish to visit pre or post game. Other fast food options are available on the same highway.
Many fans were keeping score. There were five in my immediate area recording the outs, hits, and runs. Fans were very vocal and gave the umpire a hard time with his ball/strike calls. The stadium was about 3/4 's full on the Monday evening of my visit. The fans gave their team a great round of applause as they ran on to the field.
Parking was free. The stadium is located on a busy 4 lane highway and there was road construction nearby. Unfortunately, none of Boise's finest was available after the game to direct traffic out of the stadium. Yet, exiting the stadium was a non-issue.
The 11 - 7 win by the Boise Hawks vs. the Spokane Indians made it an exciting game. The unexpected variety of food options and the $5 microbrew made it a worthwhile visit. The radio announcer called a good game.
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