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Boise State ‘a little behind’ on season ticket sales

Boise State is close to approaching its season-ticket sales goal, but currently sits at less than 20,000 sold with the season approaching.

Athletic Director Curt Apsey spoke to the media Monday following the first Bronco Athletic Association luncheon of the fall and said between 19,500 and 19,600 have been sold. The Broncos’ first home game is Sept. 10 against Washington State.

“We’re about 93 percent of our goal ... we’ve still got 10 days or so (until the home opener),” Apsey said. “I’m not going to lie, we’re a little behind, but we’re not giving up and hopefully the excitement of this year, the first (home) game against Wazzu on the 10th, we’ll continue to generate sales and we can get there as close as we can.”

Apsey said late kickoffs have no doubt played a part, as has the fact there is some unknown with the team, with plenty of new faces on the roster. The Broncos will have at least three 8:15 p.m. kickoffs at Albertsons Stadium this season. Single-game tickets went on sale Monday.

Last season, the Broncos sold approximately 21,500 season tickets, the first increase since 2011 to 2012. The fewest in the last nine seasons were the 20,904 sold in 2007.

More from Apsey:

▪  He expects the Broadway Bridge to at least be open temporarily or in a limited capacity on Sept. 10. ITD spokesman Reed Hollinshead recently told the Idaho Statesman: “We do anticipate having the bridge open for that first game. We don’t know how many lanes it will be.”

▪  Apsey said Boise State has not been contacted to make a presentation, in person or via video to the Big 12, adding “there’s not much I can say about that.” The Dallas Morning News reported last week that all 20 schools that were interested in expansion have presented.

▪  Apsey said “having baseball at Boise State would be great,” but the possibility of adding sports has been tabled for the time being. He said in the past, conversations have been had about lacrosse, men’s swimming, field hockey and even bowling, but those have simply been discussions.

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Boise State’s 10 a.m. MT Saturday opener at Louisiana will be broadcast only in Idaho via ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. Check out as a season preview of the Ragin’ Cajuns here.

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