Spain’s Athletic Bilbao plays Mexico’s Club Tijuana in an international soccer friendly on Saturday, July 18, at Albertsons Stadium on the Boise State campus. The match starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Basque Studies Foundation to support scholarships and Basque Studies programming at Boise State and soccer scholarships for Idaho youth provided by the Idaho Youth Soccer Association.
CAN I WATCH THE GAME ON TV?
No. Negotiations for a broadcast deal fell apart Friday. “We couldn’t come to an agreement with any of the broadcasters that we were happy with,” said Argia Beristain, sponsorship director for the Basque Soccer Friendly.
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CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?
Yes, approximately 16,000 tickets remain, with prices ranging from $39 to $99. They are available at basquesoccerfriendly.com or Ticketmaster.com
I’M SUPPORTING BILBAO OR TIJUANA. WHERE SHOULD I SIT?
Fans of Athletic Bilbao are encouraged to sit in the south end of the stadium and Tijuana fans in the north end. Banners, flags, signs and drums will be permitted behind the goal lines. Banners and flags must not be larger than 3 feet-by-5 feet and can’t be made of wood or metal. Flags can’t be used during live play.
HOW CAN I AVOID GAME-DAY TRAFFIC?
You can catch a free shuttle from the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise on Main Street between 8th and 9th streets near the Wells Fargo Building. It will drop you off at the east side of Albertsons Stadium. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 5-7 p.m. and for one hour after the game.
IS THERE TAILGATING?
The Albertsons Stadium parking lot will open at noon Saturday and close two hours after the game. Reserved spaces for cars ($25) are available, but RV spots ($75) are sold out. Tailgating spots can be purchased from Ticketmaster when you buy your game tickets.
CAN I GET BEER OR WINE AT THE GAME?
Yes, beer and white wine will be sold at concession stands inside the stadium. Beer will be available on tap and from cans.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO AFTER THE GAME?
The Basque Soccer Friendly will host an after party in the parking lot on the corner of 6th and Grove Streets in Downtown Boise across the street from Basque Block. It will include live DJs, food, beer and kalimotxos — a Basque drink of half red wine and half cola.