State Board denies request for alcohol at all Idaho college football games

The Idaho State Board of Education rejected a proposal from the University of Idaho on Thursday that would have allowed football fans to possess and consume alcohol at tailgate functions on campus.

The board voted 4-4, which was a rejection of the proposal, board spokesman Blake Youde said on Idaho Sports Talk on KTIK radio. The board was concerned with family and safety issues, Youde said.

He said the vote impacts Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State. Technically, that means alcohol is not allowed on any state campus on football game days.

The 10-to-10 tailgate zone — where Boise State fans can drink legally from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in designated areas on game days, in accordance with the Boise Police Department — will remain in effect for this season, Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said on KTIK.

The decision does not impact fans in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State or the Lighthouse Center at Idaho.

Boise State previously announced it will not sponsor The Huddle this season, a pre-game function in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex where alcohol was sold to ticketed fans last year.