Starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 7, people will be able to drink alcohol legally in a swath of public places around Bronco Stadium in preparation for the Boise State Broncos' football home opener against Tennessee-Martin.
The Boise City Council unanimously passed a law Tuesday that carves out exceptions in normal drinking laws for Boise State home games.
Sept. 7 will be the first of seven 12-hour legal tailgate parties this year. Six are for Boise State home games. The seventh will be the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 21.
On those dates, drinking alcohol will be legal in designated public places surrounding the stadium between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Roughly defined, those areas include the eastern half of Julia Davis Park, as well as the city blocks between University Drive and Beacon Street, and between Broadway Avenue and Joyce Street.
A peninsula between Capitol Boulevard, University Drive and Cesar Chavez Lane is also included.
Drinkers must keep their beverages beer, wine, liquor, etc. in opaque containers and follow all other alcohol regulations, such as underage drinking laws. Standard behavior laws still apply.
The tailgating law expires after this season. City officials, including police, parks employees and Mayor David Bieter's aides say they'll review the law and its effects and decide on renewing it with or without changes next year.