As both Idaho’s capital and most populous city, Boise is tucked into the Treasure Valley, an appropriate moniker within the Gem State. While the surrounding area is brimming with hiking trails and whitewater rafting opportunities, downtown Boise is nothing to sleep on, either. Here you’ll find an active arts community and lively downtown filled with shopping and fine dining, as well as a craft brewing scene that rivals Portland’s.
From the iconic blue artificial turf field at Boise State University’s Albertsons Stadium to premier indoor venues, Boise makes quite a splash on the sports side of things as well. If you’re in town for a tournament or an event, consider a stay at any of Boise’s fine lodging accommodations.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- 2018-2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds, Extra Mile Arena
- 2019-2021 USYSA Far West Regional Tournament, Simplot Sports Complex
- ESPN X Games Park Qualifier Series, June 2019 – Rhodes Skate Park
- 2019-2021 Big Sky Conference Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships, CenturyLink Arena
- USA Rugby 2019 Regional Cup Tournament, June 2019 – Optimist Youth Sports Complex
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- Simplot Sports Complex
- Willow Lane Athletic Complex
- CenturyLink Arena
- Optimist Youth Sports
- Complex Boise State University – Extra Mile Arena
- Expo Idaho
- Ford Idaho Center
Simplot Sports Complex
This 161-acre green space features 20 separate grass soccer fields, baseball and softball fields and a playground meant for ages 2-12, as well as restrooms. The complex hosted the USYSA Far West Regional Tournament in June 2019.
Sports: Soccer, baseball
Willow Lane Athletic Complex
Willow Lane Athletic Complex is a 57-acre special use park. Willow Lane is located alongside the Boise River Greenbelt and features six fully lit softball fields, a soccer field, playground, and dirt jump park.
Sports: Softball, soccer
CenturyLink Arena is Boise’s premiere sports and entertainment venue, located in the heart of downtown Boise. The arena features a seating capacity of just over 5,000 for ice hockey, 5,300 for basketball games, slightly over 5,700 for end-stage concerts, 6,400 for boxing and 6,800 for center-stage concerts. It has been home to a number of franchises over the years and presently serves the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, as well as the Treasure Valley Rollergirls of the WFTDA. The arena was the host site for the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in March 2019.
Sports: Basketball, boxing, football, hockey, multipurpose indoor
Optimist Youth Sports Complex
Optimist Youth Sports Complex is a 51-acre park located in northwest Boise. The park features sports fields, open play areas, a fishing pond and public art. This complex hosted a USA Rugby 2019 Regional Cup Tournament in June.
Sports: Football, rugby, soccer, tennis
Boise State University – Extra Mile Arena
Located at Boise State University, this multipurpose indoor arena sits on the east side of campus between West Campus Lane and César Chávez Circle, immediately northwest of Albertsons Stadium. The arena is home to Broncos basketball, wrestling and gymnastics with seating up to 12,644 spectators for basketball. In March of 2018 it played host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament.
Sports: All indoor sports
Located just 5.7 miles from downtown Boise and available year-round, the Expo Building can accommodate nearly any type of event. It has two riding arenas. Their parks and asphalt can be used for any outdoor activity with three gazebos to keep you cool.
Ford Idaho Center
The Ford Idaho Center and the Idaho Horse Park at the Crossroads of the Northwest is one of the most versatile and accessible facilities of its kind in the West. It hosts events such as the Harlem Globetrotters, horse races and concerts.
What is There to Do in Boise?
As a 102-mile-long tributary to the Snake River, the Boise River, is a prime destination for rafters and tubers during the summer months, though Barber Park is open year-round. The park offers air stations, rafts, a tube rental and shuttles, as well as picnic tables and covered patios for summer cookouts.
With more than 100 parks in Boise, check out Esther Simplot Park, which hosts a unique playground composed of rubber tiles made from recycled materials. With access to 32 acres of ponds, go on a run, walk or bike ride at the Boise River Greenbelt. Its tree-lined pathway is the perfect path for a city bike ride with its scenic views and wildlife habitat for 25 miles.
Get in touch with nature at Ridge to Rivers, an interconnected network of roads and trails courses throughout the hills. With more than 190 miles of trails filled with plants and animals, Ridge to Rivers has something for everyone. Bikers will appreciate the mountain bike loops or Foothills, while the summer months are the best time for hiking and running throughout the city’s bright yellow sagebrush buttercups.
The Northwest’s largest waterpark, Wahooz and Roaring Springs, hosts a wave pool, two family raft rides, a float river tube slides and a kiddie area. For a night out on the town, vibe with Diablo & Sons Saloon, a restaurant that mixes modern slick And motifs of the Old West, where the taco platters will be calling your name. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to the Idaho Candy Company, which has produced more than 50 different candy bars over the years and many varieties of boxed chocolates.
Every year we host a major event with our men’s and women’s basketball championship. It’s our first year here in Boise, so we entertained offers from a number of cities through the process including Reno where we were you know the previous three years but it was all the other things that go into it that Boise offers that really made the difference. It was the community backing, it was the businesses downtown, it was the bars and restaurants that we could partner with so when our fans come to town, they can feel a part of something. They’re not just showing up to a basketball game again. They can do that anywhere. They’re showing up for a whole experience from the hotels to the Convention and Visitors [Bureau] or the Downtown Association – the Fan Fest on the Grove. The connections that we’ve made with all the bars and restaurants were out there so now our fans know, oh, this is the Montana bar, this is the Northern Arizona bar, this is the Idaho State bar- so that when they then come to the arena, they’re already engrossed into this full kind of Boise experience and that’s what separates it from other events and that’s what can separate Boise and what we’re doing here from other places we can have this tournament.
-Tom Wistrcill, Big Sky Conference Basketball Championship Tournament
How to Get to Boise?
Boise Airport is serviced by several airlines including Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest and United. Interstate 84/ US Hwy 30 passes by at the south side of town. Boise is accessed from Exit 42 (S. Ten Mile Rd) and 57 (E Gowen Rd /ID-21).
Company Name: Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Taylor Williamson
Title: Sport/Convention Sales Manager