Frequently Asked Questions

    • A. There are three phases to the expansion. Phase one is called Boise Centre East and is located directly across the Grove Plaza from the existing Boise Centre building.  This new addition features 36,000 square feet of meeting and event space. This opened in September 2016 to immediate demand holding multiple conventions and local events prior to the end of the year. Phase two of the expansion is a connectivity concourse to provide seamless access for guests between the two buildings and was completed in April 2017. The third and final phase of the expansion entails renovations to the existing Boise Centre maximizing square footage for events and will be finished in July 2017.

    • A. Yes. 2016 proved to be a year of tremendous growth. The opening of Boise Centre East in September, added 36,000 SQ. FT. of meeting and event space bringing the facilities total to 86,000 SQ. FT. Convention groups and local events used the new spaces immediately, which contributed to a 23% increase in the total number of events over the prior year. Event attendance also grew in 2016 by 5% to more than 144,000 people.

    • 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 2016, Boise Centre generated $22.3 million in local economic benefit. Spending by visitors attending events at Boise Centre also led to an additional $723,000 thousand dollars in state sales tax collections.

      Along with the convention center expansion, several new hotels are under construction or have recently opened near the convention center. 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 will complete 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 to be funded by cash reserves.
      • Phase 3 includes renovations to the existing Boise Centre to maximize available square footage. Demolition of a tiered auditorium will result 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 to be funded by cash reserves.

      The three phases of the expansion project have an estimated cost of more than $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 will be 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 room tax for lodging at properties located within its boundaries. None of the District’s revenue comes from property tax, sales tax, levies or fees or paid by taxpayers. 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 2016, revenues rose 13% over the prior year to $6.3 million.  An upward trend in both hotel occupancy levels and average daily rates contributed to the significant increase in revenues.  In August 2016, a new hotel with 104 rooms opened within the District’s boundaries and several more properties are under construction.

      Year-end demand, combined with a hotel occupancy rate of 78% and average room rate of $101.47, was the highest in the city’s history 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.

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