Press-Tribune: C of I Football Could be a Game-Changer for Caldwell Economy

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It has been 36 years since a football game was played at The College of Idaho, but with the return of a gridiron program to the Caldwell private college, the fans—and the money—are soon to follow.

This morning’s Idaho Press-Tribune reports that C of I’s NAIA football program, led by former UC Davis head coach and NFL veteran Mike Moroski, could mean a “very conservative” $3.2 million in annual spending benefiting the Caldwell economy—and that’s not counting one-time expenditures of $4 million for a new athletics facility and a residence hall planned for fall 2015, both of which will create construction jobs and boost sales at local building supply businesses.

An economic impact study related to the football program calls for 10 full-time and three part-time positions with combined salaries of $618,000, leading to an overall local impact of more than $1 million. In addition, the program will boost enrollment by 120 students by spring 2014, totaling more than $767,000 a year in meal plan revenue alone.

Throw in discretionary spending related to new students, visiting parents and fans, and everything from hotels and restaurants to gas stations and grocery stores are expected to get a boost.