BOISE, Idaho — Boise State football will once again return to “The Blue” for the Broncos’ home opener against the Thundering Herd of Marshall on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Boise Police officers want to remind fans who are going to the game, or enjoying the atmosphere outside the stadium, to remember:
- 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.
- If fans are going to drink alcohol, do so in designated areas. The 10 to 10 Zone remains in effect for home games.
- For public safety, open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public areas outside the 10 to 10 Zone including parking lots and neighborhood streets. Officers are checking for adults that provide alcohol to minors and for underage drinking.
- Be good neighbors - use crosswalks, throw away litter and respect the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.
Alcohol Advisory: Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate 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 use in the campus area including emphasis on the neighborhoods just south of campus where problems continue to be reported by neighbors and businesses of people on streets, in parks and parking lots engaged in illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering.
10 to 10 Zone boundaries are specific. No "gray area" exists outside the identified boundaries and illegal alcohol use outside those boundaries will be enforced. It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a parks department permission, 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).
PENALTIES for alcohol violations:
- 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 driver’s license suspension and/or a fine.
- A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.
Bronco Gameday Shuttle: The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from several convenient downtown locations to Albertson’s Stadium. The Bronco Gameday Shuttle runs every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour. To see the location of the Bronco Gameday Shuttle pick-ups, click here.
Parking: 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. PENALTIES:
- 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 football fans 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 for Boise State home games is free on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available at each park until 9:00 a.m. for home games only.
- Towing will be delayed at Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park until 9:00 a.m. the following morning regardless of the game’s kickoff time.
- Vehicles must be parked in a designated parking space. Cars parked on a yellow curb 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 consumption is allowed inside the 10 to 10 zone within Julia Davis Park, but alcohol policies vary at other park locations including Ann Morrison Park and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. Limited reservation sites are also available for a fee and in some cases, a permit is needed for alcohol consumption at reserved shelter.
For more information on safety regulations, park reservations and policies, visit The City of Boise Parks and Recreation website or call 208-608-7600 if you have further questions.
Park at Ada County Courthouse, Support FACES of Hope Victim Center: Boise State football fans also have the option of parking at the Ada County Courthouse/Civic Plaza complex for all Boise State home football games this season! Parking is offered at just $5 per vehicle for home games, and will open 3 hours before kickoff. Parking proceeds will benefit the operations of the Ada County’s FACES of Hope Victim Center which provides a safety net of services for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault.
University Drive: 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 minimum $40 fine. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles will be towed.
The goal of police advisories and patrols is to keep fans safe and to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the BSU campus. GO BRONCOS!