Bronco Beat

Fans guide to Boise State football game vs. Virginia: Tickets, parking, what to wear, TV info

The Boise State Broncos enter the field before the game against New Mexico at Albertsons Stadium.
The Boise State Broncos enter the field before the game against New Mexico at Albertsons Stadium. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

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Virginia at Boise State

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Albertsons Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf); fans are asked to wear blue

TV: ESPN2 (Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)

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

Records: BSU 2-1 (beat New Mexico 28-14); Virginia 2-1 (beat UConn 38-18)

Series: Boise State leads 1-0 (beat Cavaliers 56-14 in Charlottesville in 2015)

Vegas line: Boise State by 12

Kickoff weather: Mid-50s, mostly sunny

TICKETS

Single-game tickets are $79 in the main stadium, $59 in the curves and south end zone, and $39 in the north end zone (general admission). Discounted tickets are available for juniors and seniors in the main stadium, the curves and the south end zone.

To purchase tickets, stop by the ticket office on the west side of Albertsons Stadium, visit BroncoSports.com/tickets or call 208-426-4737.

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HOME GAME COLOR SCHEMES

▪  Friday, Sept. 22, vs. Virginia: Blue in all sections.

▪  Saturday, Oct. 21, vs. Wyoming: Orange in sections 27-30, 101-104, 127-130, north end zone and Stueckle Sky Club; blue in all other sections.

▪  Saturday, Nov. 4, vs. Nevada: Orange in sections 5, 7, 9, 11, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 125, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135 and north end zone; blue in all other sections.

▪  Saturday, Nov. 18, vs. Air Force: Wear any color.

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.

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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. There isn’t a show the week of Sept. 11-17.

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