Frequently Asked Questions

    • A. The multi-phase Boise Centre expansion project was completed in June 2017. The expansion was built in three phases with the first phase breaking ground in July 2014.

      Phase one included building Boise Centre East directly across the Grove Plaza from the existing Boise Centre building. This new addition features 36,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Many new meeting rooms, a new ballroom, two levels of pre-function space and a second commercial catering kitchen are included in Boise Centre East.

      Phase two included building a connectivity concourse to provide seamless access between Centre West and Boise Centre East. Several escalators and an elevator were added in the main lobby of Boise Centre West for guests to access the concourse. Construction began in July 2016 and was completed in April 2017.

      The third and final phase of the expansion entailed renovating the existing Boise Centre to maximize square footage for events and was finished in July 2017. A new junior ballroom, executive boardroom and office space was added.

    • A. Yes, with the expansion complete in mid-2017, Boise Centre quickly utilized the newly added spaces to accommodate convention groups and multiple events simultaneously. Convention groups and local events using the new spaces contributed to a 14% increase in the total number of events over the prior year. Event attendance also increased from 2016 with 161,028 guests coming to Boise Centre in 2017.

      Bringing more people to Boise, spending additional dollars on hotels, restaurants, entertainment and cultural activities fulfils the District’s primary purpose of promoting economic growth

    • A. A. Out of town visitors and local community members attending events at Boise Centre create a strong demand for local lodging, dining, entertainment, transportation and recreational opportunities. According to an economic impact study conducted by Boise State University, College of Business and Economics, in 2017, Boise Centre generated $22 million in local economic benefit. Spending by visitors attending events at Boise Centre also led to an additional $1.3 million in state sales tax collections.

      Along with the convention center expansion, several new hotels have recently opened near the convention center and two more hotels are scheduled to open in mid-2018. The additional hotels will help Boise attract larger conventions and house a growing number of delegates.

    • A. For more than fifteen years, the District conservatively managed lodging room tax revenues in anticipation of expanding the convention center. As a result, by the end of 2017, the District completed a $47.5 million multi-phase convention center expansion.

      • Phase 1 of the expansion is Boise Centre East (part of the City Center Plaza project) and includes 36,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event spaces at a cost of $29.5 million funded by cash reserves and an annually appropriated capital lease.
      • Phase 2 of the expansion is a connectivity concourse to provide seamless access between Boise Centre and Boise Centre East at an estimated cost of $7 million  funded by cash reserves.
      • Phase 3 included renovating the existing Boise Centre to maximize available square footage. Demolition of a tiered auditorium resulted in the addition of a new junior ballroom of 4,000 square feet on the first floor and, a conference room and office space on the second floor. Cost is estimated at $11 million funded by cash reserves.

      The three phases of the expansion project have an estimated cost of $47.5 million. The total cost for Boise Centre East including meeting space on the fourth floor of the adjacent Clearwater Building was $29.5 million and was paid for with a combination of cash and bonds. Phase two and three will cost an estimated $18 million and were  paid from cash reserves.

    • A. As far back as 1996, the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board of Directors has envisioned the need to provide much needed space to accommodate larger national and regional conventions as well as local events. Thanks to conservative fiscal management over the years, the District has been able to build a cash reserve of $22 million and in 2016, the District sold property it had owned for several years in downtown Boise for $7.9 million. Proceeds from the sale have been added to the cash reserves to fund the expansion. Additionally, an annually appropriated lease capital lease paid for portions of phase 1 or Boise Centre East.

    • A. The District derives its revenue from a 5% room tax paid by travelers and collected by hotels, motels and other lodging property owners within the District’s boundaries. None of the District’s revenue comes from property tax, sales tax, levies or fees or paid by residents. The District is prohibited by law access to property tax revenues.

       

       

    • A.  Hotel room tax revenues have steadily climbed since 2009 to new record-breaking levels. In 2017, revenues rose 12% over the prior year to $7 million. Demand for lodging in the Boise area remained strong in 2017 and, for the first time, average daily rates exceeded $100 nine months out of the year. *

      In 2017, three new hotels opened within the District’s boundaries and two more properties are expected to open in mid-2018.
      *According to Smith Travel Research

    • A. The District is a public or governmental entity. In 1959, the Idaho Legislature passed legislation allowing for the creation of auditorium districts in Idaho. Upon passage of the legislation, a district was formed in Boise for the purpose of building a civic facility for the community.

    • A. The District Board of Directors meet monthly to review business items relating to the District as well their operating entity, Boise Centre.  Meetings are open to the public and a schedule of future meetings is located on the website.

850 W. Front St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 336-8900
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