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The Local Economic Impact of Boise State Football

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Kelly Cobourn


This paper analyzes the economic impact of the Boise State Football program on the local economy. Home football games draw large crowds of fans from the local community and, to some extent, fans from all over the nation. These incoming fans make use of Boise hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, and grocery stores, as well as other products and services. Multiple studies have measured the amount of money spent by football fans and the impact that successful football programs may have on the communities that host them. The use of public funds to subsidize football programs and other forms of public support for athletics may be informed through this analysis. This study considers monthly sales tax data from 2003-2011 in order to explore the relationship between Boise State home football games and consumer spending in Ada County, Idaho.

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