Boise loves its sports: the Broncos, Hawks, Stampede, Steelheads and, oh yes, Kristin Armstrong.
But perhaps what distinguishes the City of Trees from dozens of other cities that claim to be "great sports towns" is how much participation there is: Simplot Field is packed on any given weekend with soccer games, more Idahoans are embracing the rush of whitewater, the slopes of Bogus, Brundage and Mt. Baldy are part of growing up here, and you can't dismiss the ever-increasing number of cyclists.
"Sure, Boise is an awesome sports town," John Brunelle, assistant for economic development for the city, told Boise Weekly. "But, let's face it, there's a lot of great sports towns. But the difference in Boise is how many participants we have: Boiseans are players. They're the runner, the skier, the rafter, and certainly the cyclist."
In Wednesday's BW, we examine the good sports of Boise. We'll speak with professional sports team owners and managers, we'll examine the the much-talked-about proposed multi-use stadium, and we'll hear from the mayors of the Treasure Valley's largest cities, who say they wouldn't be where they are today without sports.