Bronco Beat

Former Bronco as DJ, new food, more fireworks — all part of the updated fan experience

Improving the fan experience has been a focal point for Boise State in recent years as ticket sales have slowed, and television broadcasts have kept some at home.

But the school announced changes Thursday coming to Albertsons Stadium that are among the most notable in recent years. No, there are not more bathrooms or beer in the stadium, and the east side remains unchanged, but there are quite a few new bells and whistles around.

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

Also 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.

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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.

For Sept. 2’s season opener, the team’s Bronco Walk, which takes players from the Student Union Building to the Bleymaier Football Center, will have an additional feature. At the base of the Lyle Smith statue in front of the hall of fame, 101 blue and orange flowers will be dropped in honor of the former coach, who died at 101 in July.