Caldwell Considers Smoking Ban at Arenas


The city of Caldwell is mulling a smoking ban at its public arenas.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Canyon County commissioners have already signed a resolution to support a smoking ban at the county-owned Gabiola Field, located next to Simplot Stadium. Now, the Caldwell City Council is expected to consider a proposed ordinance to ban tobacco or electronic cigarettes within the gated areas of Simplot Stadium, Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, O'Connor Field House and Gabiola Field.

The Press-Tribune reports that the proposal stems from more than $1 million in upgrades to Simplot Stadium, in anticipation of the College of Idaho's new season of football, beginning this fall for the first time in 37 years.

C of I officials say the new turf at Simplot Field could easily be damaged by cigarette butts or ash.