Boise Police announce traffic and parking plans for Garth Brooks at Albertsons Stadium

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 11:44:51-04

BOISE, Idaho — Country music superstar Garth Brooks is taking over Albertsons Stadium this weekend, and Boise Police are prepared for the sold-out crowds.

The concerts at Albertsons Stadium on July 19th and July 20th will have significant traffic impacts for drivers and residents in the area around Boise State University. The concerts start each night at 7 p.m. but incoming traffic is expected to begin much earlier in the day with most people leaving the concert around 11:00 p.m.

Officials tell 6 On Your Side alcohol will be for sale at Albertsons Stadium. Boise State is usually considered a dry campus. At Boise State football games, there has been a push to allow the sale of alcohol at games, but so far that push has been unsuccessful.

Boise Police officers have the following reminders:

  • 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.
  • There will not be an open container “zone” around Boise State and alcohol can only be consumed at licensed establishments or tailgating approved areas on campus.
  • Be good neighbors - use crosswalks, throw away litter in receptacles and respect the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.

Alcohol Advisory: Officers want to remind citizens to have fun responsibly. Officers are advising citizens and area businesses to check ID's and not to provide alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21. For public safety, Boise Police will be checking for illegal alcohol with an emphasis on the neighborhoods just south of campus. Officers will also be looking for related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering.

Tailgating: Tailgating in approved areas will be permitted from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., however parking lots will not be open until noon in the stadium lots and 2 p.m. for the rest of campus. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in opaque plastic cups for individuals 21-and-over. Glass containers, beer cans and liquor bottle and cups with alcoholic labeling are not allowed.

Shuttle: The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from several convenient downtown locations to Albertsons Stadium. The free shuttle starts at 3:00 pm and runs every 15 minutes until one hour after the concert ends. Click here for details.

The downtown Boise shuttle stops at:

  • 6th & Grove
  • 8th & Main
  • 8th between Idaho & Bannock
  • 8th & Broad
  • River Street between 12th & Ash

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 approximately $60.
  • 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.

Parking in Parks: The Boise Police Department and Boise Parks and Recreation Department want to remind drivers that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.

Parking will be available Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m. in the above park locations on a first come, first served basis. Cars must be removed from the park by 10 a.m. the morning following each concert (Saturday and Sunday morning). Cars parked illegally in Boise parks will be towed.

Glass beverage containers are prohibited in all City of Boise parks. Any other glass must be removed from the park by visitors and can’t be deposited in the trash.

Alcohol policies vary at park locations including Ann Morrison Park and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. A permit and a reservation are required to have alcohol in Julia Davis Park. In addition, alcohol is not allowed at any time within 250 feet of the Greenbelt. Limited reservation sites are also available for a fee and in some cases, a permit is needed for alcohol consumption at a reserved shelter.

For more information on safety regulations, park reservations and policies, visit or call 208-608-7600 if you have further questions.

Parking will also be offered at the Civic Plaza Complex. All proceeds will benefit the Faces of Hope Victims Center.

Ride Share services: There is a designated Taxi, Uber and Lyft drop-off and pick-up zone on S. Euclid Ave just south of Albertsons Stadium.

The goal of police advisories and patrols is to keep residents safe and to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the BSU campus.