Frequently Asked Questions
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 but not considered public forums; public comment is not normally taken at these meetings, though special meetings can be scheduled to discuss particular topics of interest. A schedule of future meetings is located on the website.
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.
The District owns and operates Boise Centre, Idaho’s largest convention center. The District’s first building, Boise Centre opened in January 1990 with 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space. In 2014, The District began a multi-phase convention center expansion project that added 12 meeting rooms and 36,000 square feet of space. The expansion was completed in mid-2017 and Boise Centre features 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space and accommodates groups of up to 2,000 people.
In 2021, The District entered a public-private partnership with Idaho Competitive Aquatics, LLC. and invested $5 million dollars to purchase the land and building for the Greater Boise Aquatic Center (GBAC). The District has no operational involvement in the aquatic center.
The District receives its revenue from a 5% room tax paid by travelers and collected by hotels, motels and other lodging properties within the District’s boundaries. None of the District’s revenue comes from property tax, sales tax, levies, or fees or paid by local residents. The District is prohibited by law access to property tax revenues.
The District is financially sound and self-sustaining using a combination of lodging room tax revenues and convention center operating revenues to fund operations, capital requirements, and lease payments.
The District completes facility improvements on a regular basis in order to maintain the convention center in excellent condition and ensure optimal guest experience.
Before submitting a public records request check the Meetings and Finances section of this site. Many of our records are posted there. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please submit a public records request:
- Using the online form
- Using the printed form and either fax, mail or hand deliver to the District office