While Boise State has struggled with football season-ticket sales this year, the premium seats in the Stueckle Sky Center remain in demand.
All of the luxury suites have been sold except one that will be rented on a single-game basis, there’s a waiting list for the loge boxes and about 30 club seats are available.
Boise State has sold a little more than 21,000 season tickets this year. That’s down 6 percent from last year and 12.9 percent from 2012.
More than 31,000 tickets have been distributed to this week’s game against Colorado State. The students claimed nearly all of their 5,000 tickets.
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The school still has many of its lower-priced tickets available — 575 in the north end zone ($29), 1,200 in the south end zone ($53 adults/$38 juniors) and 1,100 in the curves ($62/$41).
Players say they’d like to see a full house but a smaller crowd won’t affect them.
“That’s what always has been so special about Boise State is the environment that we have on game day,” senior nickel Corey Bell said. “We want to see that thing full, but we go out there and play regardless.”
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Boise State sophomore right guard Mario Yakoo is one of three new starters on the offensive line. He also is the biggest player on the team at 6-foot-4, 339 pounds.
He, like the rest of the linemen, got better as the season opener progressed last week against Ole Miss.
“I felt comfortable with the group,” Yakoo said. “I started off a little slow, just getting used to the environment.”
Yakoo is a former UCLA commit. He was recruited by former Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel and decommitted when Jim Mora Jr. took over the program. Former Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, who already was visiting Yakoo’s high school to recruit safety Chanceller James, got Yakoo to join the Broncos, too.
James and Yakoo, who played at Steele Canyon High in San Diego, are best friends.
“I wanted to win some games,” Yakoo said. “ I’m glad I made that choice.”
Yakoo was a late addition to the recruiting class, so the Broncos asked him to grayshirt and join the team in January 2013. About three days before fall camp in 2012, they called to tell him a spot had opened. He joined the team without participating in the summer bridge program.
Two years later, he’s a starter.
“Mario’s a big, strong guy,” offensive line coach Scott Huff said. “We’ve got to get him to play with good pad level consistently and he can be a force to be reckoned with.”
A few notes/quotes:
— Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, a Los Angeles native, on meeting cornerback Cleshawn Page: “He said, ‘Coach, I’m from L.A.’ I told him that meant nothing to me if he couldn’t play.”
— Linebacker Tanner Vallejo on playing at home: “Just being on the Blue, it always brings something out of us.”
— Nickel Corey Bell on allowing a season-high 626 yards last year at Colorado State: “They were just getting back on the ball super quick and I just remember guys being dead tired at the end of drives. The key to that is trying to get out of drives earlier, not allowing so many third-down conversions. What we’d kind of like to do is eliminate those big gains on first and second down and put us in a more comfortable spot.” Colorado State ran 109 plays and was 9-for-20 on third down last season. The Rams also were 4-for-7 on fourth down. So of the 20 drives that reached third down, they extended 13 of them.
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