Gameday information for Saturday's Boise State home opener
With just a few days until Boise State's home opener on Saturday, Boise Police want to remind fans to be safe.
FOOTBALL GAME PARKING, TAILGATING:
Boise Police would like to remind football fans to keep their safety and the safety of others in mind while they have fun and enjoy the Bronco's first home game against Miami Ohio Saturday afternoon!
Boise Police remind fans to:
• Drive safely to and from the football games. Do not drink and drive.
• Park safely and legally. Those who ignore parking laws and/or signs jeopardize safety and risk getting a ticket or being towed.
• Drink alcohol in designated areas. For public safety, open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public areas including parks, parking lots and neighborhood streets.
• Be good neighbors, use crosswalks, throw away litter and respect the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.
BSU Football Shuttles:
The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from several convenient downtown locations to Bronco Stadium. These shuttles run every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour.
Please log onto www.downtownboise.org and look for the "Bronco Shuttle" link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Neighborhoods / Public Streets:
To preserve neighborhood and public safety, officers will be watching for parked vehicles that pose a safety hazard, such as those parked blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and fire hydrants, or parked too close to intersections or stop signs.
Both Idaho State and Boise City codes prohibit the following hazardous parking:
• Within 30 feet of a stop sign or yield sign;
• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk-marked or unmarked-at an intersection;
• Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
• On a sidewalk;
• On a yellow or red "no parking" curb.
These laws apply to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters.
• Citation: most parking tickets carry a fine of approx $47.
• Towing: motorists risk their vehicle being towed if the vehicle is parked blocking a driveway, access way, fire hydrant, or parked illegally in an alleyway.
Julia Davis Park:
Boise Police and Boise Parks & Recreation remind football fans that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited. The park closes at midnight, vehicles left in the park past midnight are towed. Illegally parked vehicles can be towed at anytime.
On game days, additional signs will be posted prominently in the park to remind fans about parking regulations. For games that start after 7 p.m., towing will not occur until 2 a.m.
Glass beverage containers are prohibited in all city parks. All other glass is to be removed from the park by the user and not deposited in trash receptacles.
Alcohol is allowed only with a permit issued for shelter reservations. For more on Boise Park safety regulations, go to: www.cityofboise.org/parks
Signs posted on the north and south sides of University Drive restrict parking between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Violation of the parking restrictions is a $47. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles will be towed.
Additional Parking Opportunity:
BSU football fans can get great parking while benefitting victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence, courtesy of the Ada County Commissioners. Fans can park at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front Street for each home game during the 2012-2013 football season at a cost of $5.00 per car. All parking revenue proceeds will directly benefit victims served at Faces Family Justice Center.
Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly.
For public safety, Boise Police will be watching for illegal alcohol use in the neighborhoods surrounding Boise State, Julia Davis Park, and other restricted areas.
Increases in people on neighborhood streets, parks and parking lots in the Broadway area prior to the games has in past years, resulted in increased complaints and concerns about illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering.
It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a parks dept. permit, and within 250 feet of the Boise River. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).
• Those carrying open containers of alcohol on city streets, sidewalks, city parks or parking lots risk getting a citation. Illegally possessing an open container of alcohol or urinating in public is a misdemeanor that requires a court appearance with a possible penalty of a fine up to $1,000 or 6 months in jail.
• Minors found in possession of alcohol risk a drivers license suspension and/or a fine.
The goal of police advisories and patrols is to keep citizens safe, and to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the BSU campus. GO BRONCOS!