A new survey says that Idaho has one of the best minor-league cities in the nation, and it's not Boise.
Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal's biannual ranking of the nation's top minor-league sports cities names Idaho Falls as the ninth best in the nation. While Idaho Falls only has one minor-league franchise, the Chukars, who play in the Pioneer Baseball League, the Eastern Idaho city got high marks for its facility, Melaleuca Field, which opened in 2007 with a capacity of 3,400. Idaho Falls also got high marks for its attendance and relatively stable economy.
Boise ended up in 64th place, even though the City of Trees boasts three minor-league franchises: the Boise Hawks (baseball), the Idaho Steelheads (hockey) and the Idaho Stampede (basketball).
The number one minor-league market was Hershey/Harrisburg, Penn., followed by San Bernardino County, Calif., and Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.