Boise State has decided not to increase prices for football season tickets for the second straight year as it deals with declining sales.
In fact, prices — announced Thursday — have been reduced in four sections in the upper deck of the south end zone. It’s also the second straight year that prices were reduced in a portion of the stadium.
Before last year, Boise State had increased season-ticket prices for 10 straight years.
The only pricing change this year affects sections 101, 102, 129 and 130 — the ends of the upper-deck curves in the south end zone. Those tickets sell for $255, a $75 reduction.
Prices in the rest of the stadium: $390 for the priority sections, which include Bronco Athletic Association contributions per seat of $475, $325, $240 or $75 depending on location; $786 for family plans (two adults, two juniors); $330 in the upper-deck corners; $283 adults and $204 juniors in the reserved south end zone; and $155 in the general-admission north end zone.
Fans can sign up for the waiting list here. Current season-ticket holders will receive their renewal forms in the mail in March.
Boise State says only season-ticket holders will have access to single-game tickets for the season opener against Washington, which is Sept. 3 or 4. Season-ticket holders long have gotten first crack at single-game tickets and for occasional marquee games have bought up the supply, but this is the first time in recent history that the school has limited access to season-ticket holders.
Washington receives 400 complimentary tickets and the right to purchase at least 1,800 more under the contract between the schools. Boise State received the same considerations for the 2013 game in Seattle.
The Broncos also have home games against Idaho State (Sept. 19), Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Mountain West has targeted April 1 for its schedule release.
Boise State sold 21,139 season tickets in 2014. That was down 5.7 percent from 2013 and the lowest total since 2007 (20,904). It was the second straight decrease.
A similar, but not as drastic, trend can be seen in overall attendance. The Broncos drew 33,571 fans per home game in 2014 (not including the Mountain West championship game), a 2.3 percent decrease from 2013 and the second straight drop. But the per-game attendance was the fourth-highest in school history.
You can view the pricing map here.
BOISE STATE TICKET SALES
YEAR Season Attend. W-L
1998 11,384 23,641 6-5
1999 11,537 22,979 10-3*
2000 12,924 26,493 10-2*
2001 12,183 23,831 8-4
2002 12,678 27,533 12-1*
2003 14,199 28,098 13-1*
2004 17,537 30,499 11-1*
2005 19,467 30,048 9-4*
2006 19,494 30,453 13-0*
2007 20,904 30,338 10-3
2008 22,380 32,275 12-1*
2009 21,767 32,782 14-0*
2010 22,994 33,268 12-1*
2011 24,020 34,018 12-1
2012 24,109 35,404 11-2*
2013 22,416 34,366 8-5
2014 21,139 33,571 12-2*
*won conference championship
Boise State will hold a second Fiesta Bowl celebration at the Feb. 21 (Saturday) men’s basketball game at Taco Bell Arena, school officials said. The first celebration is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at The Village at Meridian, in conjunction with the National Signing Day event at Big Al’s (sold out).
The basketball event hasn’t been announced yet and no details are available. The Broncos play Nevada at 1 p.m. that day.
Boise State didn’t have a weekend, home basketball game in January after school started, one reason it hasn’t held an on-campus celebration yet. The football coaches recruit during the week in January and are only home on weekends.
The Meridian event will help the athletic department reach out to that part of the Treasure Valley, Athletic Director Mark Coyle said. The department might bus interested students to the event.
A group of MBA students on campus told the athletic department it needed to market more to West Ada communities, Coyle said.
Boise State drew 10,190 fans for a 2007 basketball game against Hawaii that included a Fiesta Bowl celebration. It was the largest crowd in eight years at the time and still ranks 33rd in school history.
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