Boise State Football

Fans’ guide to Mountain West championship game: tickets, parking, odds, color scheme

The Boise State band plays lighted drum sets outside of Alberstons Stadium before the Mountain West Championship game against Fresno State in 2014.
The Boise State band plays lighted drum sets outside of Alberstons Stadium before the Mountain West Championship game against Fresno State in 2014. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

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Mountain West Football Championship

Who: Boise State vs. Fresno State

When: 5:45 p.m. Saturday

Where: Albertsons Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf)

TV: ESPN (Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)

Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)

Records: BSU 9-3, 7-1; Fresno State 9-3, 7-1 (Fresno State beat Boise State 28-17 last Saturday in Fresno)

Series: Boise State leads 13-6

Vegas line: Boise State by 9  1/2

Kickoff weather: Low 40s, rain

TICKETS

$40 in main stadium and south end zone, $20 in north end zone; student tickets free; student guest tickets $9. Available at BroncoSports.com/tickets, 208-426-4737 or at the Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of Albertsons Stadium. Boise State reported 20,500 tickets out on Thursday morning.

HOME GAME COLOR SCHEMES

Boise State asks fans to wear blue.

BRONCO WALK

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.

PARKING

▪  Stadium lots open eight hours before kickoff for Saturday home games and four hours before weekday games. Nonreserved parking spaces for non-BAA members are available in the Lincoln Garage for $85 for the season. Call 208-426-3556 for more. Single-game parking on campus is $10 for non-BAA members at the Plaza East and West Lot and Brady Street Garage.

▪  Free parking is available on Boise State game days at Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park, Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park and Riverside Park. Vehicles will not be towed from those parks, or from Julia Davis, until 3 a.m. The 10 a.m.-to-10 p.m. drinking ordinance doesn’t apply to Kristin Armstrong or Ann Morrison; that applies only to Julia Davis. More info on parking in the parks.

ALCOHOL

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.

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.

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

▪  8th & Broad

▪  8th between Idaho & Bannock

▪  River & 12th (at Payette Brewing)

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.

A bike barn on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Broadway near the chapel is available for fans who would like to pedal to the game.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Boise State is aiming to improve the in-game experience at Albertsons Stadium.

There will be more pyrotechnics before the game, and fireworks will go off for each Boise State touchdown. In addition to the player who carries The Hammer when the team is introduced, another will carry a “Bleed Blue Flag,” which according to Boise State, is a player who “best represents the ideals of the program on a weekly basis.” The video board also will have more replays, stats and highlight packages.

For the first time there will be an in-stadium DJ each home game, and he will be a former Bronco: Rexx Life Raj, aka former offensive lineman Faraji Wright.

Concessions will be expanded to include local vendors Mad Mac, Mai Thai and Soda Stop, along with Kono Pizza and Famous Dave’s BBQ. Other stands will include hot wings and finger steaks, plus “Hammer Fries,” a new signature dish. Other concession stands will add locations, including Ben & Jerry’s, Sweet Valley Cookies and La Tapatia Street Tacos.

RADIO

The Bronco Radio Network will broadcast on 10 stations in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, with 670 KBOI AM the flagship. On the FM dial, it will broadcast in Boise on 93.1 KTIK FM.

Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties for a 10th season, with former offensive lineman Pete Cavender providing color for a ninth season. The pregame show begins five hours before each game, and a call-in show will be hosted afterward.

Behler also hosts “Coach Harsin Weekly” with Boise State coach Bryan Harsin on KBOI and KTIK at 7 p.m., primarily on Thursdays, except for Nov. 1 and Nov. 22.

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