The Boise State football team opens its home schedule Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. Here’s a game-day guide for Bronco fans.
▪ Boise State won at Louisiana 45-10.
▪ Washington State lost at home to Eastern Washington 45-42.
WASHINGTON STATE AT BOISE STATE
▪ When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday
▪ Where: Albertsons Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf), Boise
▪ TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich). ESPN2 can be found on Cable One (channel 134 or 1134 for HD), DirecTV (channel 209) and Dish (channel 144).
▪ Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender). Coverage begins with Bronco GameDay at 3 p.m. and continues through postgame reaction.
▪ Records: Boise State 1-0 (0-0 Mountain West); Washington State 0-1 (0-0 Pac-12)
▪ Tickets: Boise State said about 1,400 tickets remain, between season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets. Info: broncosports.com/tickets or 426-4737.
▪ Kickoff weather: Mid-70s and sunny, overnight lows in the mid-50s with slight winds and no chance of precipitation
▪ Vegas line: Boise State favored by 10 points
▪ Series: Washington State leads 4-0 (the four games: 58-0 in Pullman in 1997; 33-21 in Boise in 1998; 42-35 in Pullman in 2000; 41-20 in Boise in 2001)
▪ Boise State vs. the Pac-12: The Broncos are 9-13 against the league, including 5-3 at home. Boise State has a two-game winning streak against the Pac-12 after wins over Arizona (38-30 in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl) and Washington (16-13 in the 2015 home opener).
Stadium lots will open eight hours before kickoff for Saturday home games. There is parking at the URS building (720 Park Blvd.). It costs $5 and includes a shuttle to the stadium. There is additional parking at the Civic Plaza complex east of the Ada County Courthouse for $5.
The university’s official color scheme for the Washington State game is tri color, meaning fans are encouraged to wear blue, orange or white, depending on where they are sitting.
The team will walk from the Student Union Building through campus to the Bleymaier Football Center north of Albertsons Stadium approximately 2 1/2 hours before kickoff of home games, letting fans get an up-close look at the team.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE NEW STATUE
Boise State unveiled a new $130,000 statue for former Boise Junior College coach and Boise State Athletic Director Lyle Smith this week. The statue sits on the southwest corner of Albertsons Stadium, in front of the Hall of Fame.
Traffic approaching the stadium will be slow, but there’s good news: The new Broadway Bridge opened Friday and is available for game-day use.
PROHIBITED ITEMS INSIDE THE STADIUM
Weapons, alcohol, artificial noisemakers, outside food/drink, glass bottles/containers, plastic bottles/containers, large bags/backpacks, hard-sided or wheeled bags, umbrellas, coolers, baskets, etc., long-lens cameras, tripods, tape recorders, video recorders, electronic transmitting devices, iPads, tablets and laptops.
NO MORE HUDDLE
A new addition last season, “The Huddle,” will not resume after the Idaho State Board of Education voted in June it would not allow alcohol to be sold to ticketed fans at designated functions before games, unless there is a separate invitation issued to those fans.
It does not affect alcohol service at the Stueckle Sky Center at Albertsons Stadium, or the 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tailgaiting zone where alcohol is allowed for consumption in designated areas around the stadium and on campus.
Boise State did say it will explore possibly re-opening “The Huddle” in November, but to what extent has yet to be announced.
The 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. designated tailgate zone continues this season. Fans 21 and older are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages in opaque plastic cups in designated areas. However, State Board of Education rules remain in effect, based on actions this summer.
FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE
Game-day shuttles will run to and from downtown for each home game this season. Before the game, downtown pickups occur every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time at:
▪ 6th & Grove
▪ 8th & Main
▪ 11th & Main
▪ 8th between Idaho & Bannock
▪ 8th & Broad
Fans are dropped off on the east side of Albertsons Stadium just off Broadway Avenue. After the game, fans are picked up again on the east side of the stadium and taken back downtown. The shuttle runs for one hour after the game is over.
The Bronco Athletic Association’s weekly Luncheon Series takes place on the sixth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center, with free parking in the west stadium lot.
The luncheons begin at noon and will be held Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. Football coach Bryan Harsin will speak at all but the Oct. 10 luncheon.
Tickets are available at broncoathleticassociation.com, and can be purchased for $17 in advance, or $20 at the door. A six-ticket pack can be purchased for $85.
The Bronco Luncheon Series features giveaways and appearances by Athletic Director Curt Apsey, current and former athletes, Buster Bronco and members of the Spirit Squad.