Nampa is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho, USA. The population of Nampa was 81,557 at the2010 census. Nampa is located about 20 miles (32 km) west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles (10 km) west of Meridian. Nampa is the second principal city of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area. The name "Nampa" may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint
|Nickname(s): The Heart of the Treasure Valley|
|Motto: What a Place to Live|
Location in Canyon County and the state of Idaho
The Nampa school district includes 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 4 high schools, one of which is an alternative high school that serves students who struggle in traditional high schools. Nampa is also home to Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and College of Western Idaho (CWI).
Nampa has twenty-four parks, the largest of which is Lakeview Park.The Nampa Recreation Center, a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility containing a six-pool aquatics center, three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a walking/running track, a weight room and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, and a number of other activity areas, opened in 1994. Centennial Golf Course (18 holes) and Ridgecrest Golf Club (27 holes) are owned and operated by the City of Nampa.
The Idaho Center is a complex of entertainment venues. bought and renamed to Ford Idaho Center.
Venues include a 10,500-seat amphitheater which was built in 1998 and features a 60-by-40-foot stage; a 12,279-seat arena featuring 31,200 square feet (2,900 m2) of arena floor space; the Idaho Horse Park, used for horse shows; and the Sports Center, used for track and field events including the home meets of the Boise State University Broncos track teams.
The Idaho Center arena is best known for hosting the Snake River Stampede Rodeo during the third week of July every year. The Snake River Stampede is considered one of the nation's top rodeos.
The arena is the former home of the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association and the Idaho Stallions of the now defunct Indoor Professional Football League and is used for concerts; trade shows, sporting events, and other events.
The Idaho Center arena is the former home of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament. Upon its completion, the tournament moved to the Idaho Center in 1998 from its former home on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University (then known as Northwest Nazarene College). The tournament left town in 2000 when NNC became a University and left the NAIA to become an NCAA Division II School.
In March 2004, the Idaho Center arena played home for the Boise State University men's basketball second round matchup in the NIT against the UW–Milwaukee Panthers. The game was moved to the Idaho Center due to a prior scheduled Metallica concert at Boise State's Taco Bell Arena. The game drew a crowd of more than 10,000, making it the largest crowd to see a basketball game in the arena's history.
On November 14, 2006, the Idaho Center hosted the Rolling Stones, the first time the band had performed in Idaho.
The Idaho Center also has been hosting a Monster Jam event once a year.
Nampa has also been selected as the host for the 2012 Division I NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.