Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gowen Thunder parking plan

The following is a News Release from the Idaho National Guard.  The Boise Police Department would like to remind airshow attendees to park in one of the free parking lots mentioned below.  Due to the anticipated crowd, the only way to enter the military installation will be on a shuttle from one of the designated parking lots.  Maps and information about what people can bring to Gowen Field can be found here 


Idaho National Guard 

Maj Gen Gary L. Sayler


Idaho National Guard News Release

The Idaho National Guard Proudly Announces GOWEN THUNDER 2017

Open House and Airshow

Oct. 14-15 8:30 4:30 p.m. each day

Contact: Idaho National Guard Public Affairs Officer Maj. Chris Borders (208) 422-5268


For Immediate Release:

October 6, 2017

The Idaho National Guard is proud to present Gowen Field’s first open house and airshow in more than 20 years: GOWEN THUNDER 2017, Oct. 14-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The event is open to the public and general admission is free. VIP tickets are available for purchase by visiting

This open house and airshow will highlight our Soldiers and Airmen as well as their equipment and capabilities used when carrying out both state and federal missions of the Idaho National Guard.  During this event, there will be many impressive military and civilian performers and static displays as well as a combined arms demonstration along with a variety of local food and merchandise vendors.

The world famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds and their Canadian counterpart, the Royal Canadian Snowbirds will perform precision aerial maneuvers both Saturday and Sunday.

This event is estimated to draw tens of thousands of spectators from the area.  If you are planning to attend, please pay close attention to event parking and entrance instructions.

Gowen Field is a secured military installation.  As a general rule: If you can’t bring it on a flight, don’t bring it on a military installation! This includes:

  • DRONES (prohibited on or near the installation)
  • PETS (Service animals specifically trained and certified to aid disabled persons are welcome)

We ask you to please leave these items at home.

Please feel free to bring:

  • Folding chairs
  • Hand-held Cameras
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Ear protection
  • Walking shoes
  • Empty water containers are permitted

Due to the anticipated large volume of spectators entering the military installation, the general public will not be permitted to bring vehicles,* to include motorcycles and bicycles, nor will any foot traffic be permitted to enter Gowen Field.   

Instead, several parking lots throughout the local area will provide free shuttle service to facilitate entrance to Gowen Field.  The following is a list of lots with free shuttle service:

West Ada School Dist.

1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID 83642

Scentsy, Inc.

2701 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642

Blue Cross of Idaho

3000 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642


8000 S Federal Way, Boise, ID 83716

Boise Airport Economy Lot

Corner of Victory Rd and S Curtis Rd

Warthog Parking Lot

(See driving instructions  on map)

BlackHawk Parking Lot

(See driving instructions on map)

Lights Lot

(See driving Instructions on map)

*Disabled visitors with a valid vehicle tag may utilize parking on Gowen Field.  Military ID and State ID card holders, unless in direct support of the open house and airshow are advised to park offsite.

For the latest up-to-date GOWEN THUNDER 2017 activities and schedule, please visit the GOWEN THUNDER 2017 website at or download the GOWEN THUNDER 2017 app to your smartphone. 

  Gowen Thunder Parking 1

 Gowen Thunder Parking 2