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Does Boise, Idaho have any Professional Sports Teams?

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Boise has plenty of sporting events to watch throughout the year, including high school, college, and professional teams. Yes, we have professional sports teams in Boise. They aren't the big name teams, but rather their minor league affiliates. Regardless, these are paid, contracted athletes that train and play for their chance to make it to the big leages, many of whom have gone on to win national titles after playing here. Here is a list of the college and professional sports teams we have in Boise, as well as other sports you don't want to miss out on.

Boise, Idaho sports teams

College Sports in Boise

Boise State University

Boise State University is famous for its blue football field and the national performance of the football team. Boise State fields an additional 12 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports that compete around the country. All of Boise State’s teams have seen postseason success and multiple national championships. Many former Bronco athletes have gone on to play professionally as well as competing in the Olympics

Northwest Nazarene University

NNU sits near downtown Nampa. This small private college features 8 sports teams that compete at the Division II level. The Nighthawks baseball, golf, and soccer teams are the best-performing sports and bring a lot of public support for their competitions. 

College of Idaho

The College of Idaho in Caldwell has been a top competitor in the collegiate NAIA division, winning 23 national championships across 13 men’s and women’s sports. C of I is the only college or university in the Treasure Valley with an official ski team, and has brought in 48 individual and team national championships. The attendance at football and basketball games have been among the highest attended in the NAIA to cheer them onto multiple championship wins.

Professional sports teams in Boise, Idaho

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks are a Single-A, short season affiliate to the Colorado Rockies. The Hawks have been Boise’s minor league team since 1987. Playing at Memorial Stadium near the Boise River and the Idaho Fairgrounds, the Hawks have won 10 division titles and 6 Northwest League titles. Dozens of Boise Hawks players have gone one to play in the major leagues, 14 of whom have won a combined 16 World Series championships. The Hawks are a staple of spring and summer fun, so bring the whole family to watch future major league players represent our great city. 

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads have been Boise’s hockey team since 1997. The Steelheads are an affiliate of the Dallas Stars NHL team. The Steelheads play in CenturyLink Arena in the center of downtown Boise, drawing tons of devoted fans to their exciting games. The Steelheads have always had great success, reaching the playoffs every year since their founding and winning multiple division and conference champions as well as 3 league championships.

Idaho Horsemen

The Idaho Horsemen are a new indoor professional indoor football team that plays in the American West Football Conference. In their 2019 inaugural season, the Horsemen were undefeated and won the first ever AWFC Championship. The Horsemen play at the Ford Idaho Center Arena and draw enthusiastic crowds to cheer on the action. Indoor football is fast-paced and high-scoring, which makes the games very exciting.

Albertsons Boise Open

The Albertsons Boise Open is a professional golf tournament that is played at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise. This tournament is part of the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly the Web.com Tour), which is a professional development tour for the PGA Tour. Participants compete over 72 holes for a share in the $1 million prize and worldwide ranking points. In fact, 17 Boise Open champions have graduated up to the PGA tour. The tournament usually happens in the late summer. 

Other fun sporting events


Boise and the Treasure Valley are famous for their summer rodeos. The Snake River Stampede, which dates back to 1911, is considered one of the top professional rodeos in the United States and is held at the Ford Idaho Center. The Caldwell Night Rodeo, the Professional Bull Rider (PBR) Tour, and Eagle Rodeo bring national talent to our corner of the state for packed arenas to enjoy. Additional rodeos occur around the state during the summer, so you don’t have to worry about not getting your rodeo fix!

Firebird Raceway

Firebird Raceway is a half-mile drag strip 10 minutes north of Eagle on Highway 16. Opened in 1968, Firebird has been the home of Idaho drag racing and is officially sanctioned by the NHRA. From April to October, the track hosts professional racing teams on the national circuit as well as plenty of pro-am and ameteur drag races. Nightfire Nationals is the track’s signature event, and you don’t want to miss out on the high-octane action.  You don’t even need a drag car to enter a race. Bring your daily driver and race against your friends in a safe and official environment. 

Twilight Criterium

The Twilight Criterium is an annual bike race through downtown Boise that features professional cyclists from around the country. Sanctioned by USA Cycling and part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour Circuit, this 1-kilometer time trial has thousands of Boise residents flocking to the streets to watch professional and Olympic athletes compete against the clock (and the sunlight). The race also has events for amateurs and children. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Race to Robie Creek

Known as one of the toughest half-marathons in the Northwest, the Race to Robie Creek starts in the near Fort Boise, climbing up through the foothills north of town, and back down toward Lucky Peak Reservoir. Thousands of runners from across the country take on this challenging course where steep elevation changes, dirt roads, and the sun are the main obstacles. If you are interested in running, make Robie Creek part of your bucket list!

Front Street Fights

CenturyLink Arena has hosted professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting matches four times per year since 2014. Local and regional fighters who are looking to battle their way onto the national stage compete in the center of downtown Boise. In 2016, Front Street Fights hosted a Bellator MMA event. Bellator is the second-largest MMA promoter in the world after UFC, which brought a lot of prestige to our event.

If you want to see more fun things to do in Boise, check out the Boise Lifestyle Guide section of our Boise Relocation Page. It is packed with outdoor activities, information about the Boise craft brewing and wine market, and tons of arts and culture happenings.

Posted by AndrewS at 3/4/2020 12:54:00 AM

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