Boise, ID -- 5/28/08 Boise School District and Boise State University have entered into a joint facility use agreement that will pave the way for the softball field at Mountain Cove High School to be improved for use by the Bronco’s intercollegiate softball team, as well as use by District students.
Under the partnership, approved by the Boise School Board on March 10, 2008, the District retains ownership of the field, which is located adjacent to Mountain Cove High School in Boise’s north end, but Boise State is allowed to make significant improvements to the field, essentially bringing the field up to NCAA specifications.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for our new softball program here at Boise State,” said Mike Sumpter, Associate Athletic Director. “With the Mountain Cove softball field being upgraded to intercollegiate standards, we are able to host the WAC Conference Championships and compete regionally and nationally.”
In return for allowing Boise State to upgrade and maintain the softball field, the District will be able to use the softball field for practices and games. BSD and Boise State will coordinate schedules to avoid practice/game scheduling conflicts. District officials say it’s a win-win opportunity for the District and Boise State.
“We are excited for this opportunity for students in the District to play softball on a collegiate-level playing field and we look forward to working with Boise State on this positive partnership,” said Matt Kobe, District Athletic Facilitator. “This will provide an excellent experience for our student-athletes.” District and Boise State officials say the agreement is just one example of the ongoing cooperation between BSD and Boise State on a wide variety of programs that mutually benefit the Boise community.
The Mountain Cove Softball Field will no longer be used by Mountain Cove High School, which is closing its doors at the end of the 2007-08 school year and moving into a new school (Frank Church High School in southwest Boise) to serve approximately 430 students. Mountain Cove High School and Fort Boise Mid High School are Boise School District’s alternative secondary schools and are being combined into Frank Church High School for the start of the 2008-09 school year.