UNIVERSITY HAS A CONTRACT WITH BSF
Breathe easy, Boise State football fans — the Broncos have done their due diligence to protect Albertsons Stadium’s iconic blue turf. A contract with the Basque Soccer Friendly includes stipulations to protect the artificial surface, which is being covered in green grass for next Saturday’s match between Spain’s Athletic Bilbao and Mexico’s Club Tijuana. Below are key elements in the contract, obtained by the Idaho Statesman through a Freedom of Information Act request.
• The Basque Soccer Friendly had to raise at least $500,000 in cash and legally binding commitments before May 31 to cover up-front costs. The event needed to raise at least $300,000 in cash before April 30.
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• Event organizers had to contract with a vendor who could install sod and “guarantee that the warranty on The Blue turf will remain in place.” Boise State had to approve that vendor.
• The event — and all vendors — had to obtain insurance that covers at least $1 million in damages for each incident and at least $2 million in aggregate.
• Organizers are responsible for the full cost of installing, maintaining and removing the sod field, as well as returning, “The Blue to its condition before sod installation.”
• The turf must be returned to playable condition by no later than Aug. 3. Boise State starts its fall football camp Aug. 6.
• The BSF is responsible for all costs and expenses, including “staffing, security, utilities, supplies, cleaning, trash removal, parking, ticket sales and video board operations.”
• Event organizers acknowledge if Boise State’s blue turf is not returned to a playable condition before its first home game (vs. Washington on Sept. 4), damages “would be greater than just the value of The Blue itself, and include at a minimum: loss of ticket sales, loss of TV revenue, travel costs other game related expenses.’’