BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE: The Boise State Broncos will begin fall camp on September 26. A news release from the university says the team is scheduled to hold 23 practices over 28 days, leading up to their season opener against a team that has not been determined yet.
Practices will be conducted under guidelines established by Central District Health, local health officials and University health officials. The practice schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, Sept. 26: 9 a.m. (Helmets)
- Sunday, Sept. 27: 9 a.m. (Helmets)
- Monday, Sept. 28: OFF
- Tuesday, Sept. 29: 9:30 a.m. (Shells)
- Wednesday, Sept. 30: 7:35 p.m. (Shells)
- Thursday, Oct. 1: OFF
- Friday, Oct. 2: 10:10 a.m. (Full Pads)
- Saturday, Oct. 3: 9 a.m. (Full Pads)
Boise State will follow local health restrictions as established by Central District Health in conjunction with other local and University health officials, in regards to fan attendance at Albertsons Stadium for the 2020 season. Right now, athletic venues are still closed to the general public according to CDH's order. Boise State will issue an update if/when CDH amends the order.
Should fan attendance be permitted, Boise State will explore both season and single-game ticketing options. Any potential ticketing options would first be presented to current season ticket holders based on priority point ranking before going on sale to the general public.
Additional ticketing information will be provided when it becomes pertinent and available.
UPDATE (9/25): The Mountain West releases more details about its return to the gridiron. An amended regular-season schedule is set to kick off Saturday, October 24 with the intent to play eight games.
The conference is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to implement testing protocols across all member institutions. That partnership will deliver frequent testing with rapid results, providing a major step forward for the competition to resume.
All football student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and other individuals that are on the field will undergo testing three times per week. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each game. Student-athletes who test positive for coronavirus through point-of-contact (POC) testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.
The Mountain West is still finalizing thresholds for competition interruption, monitoring test results, and other health and safety protocols. Stadium capacities will be determined by each school in accordance with state, county, and local health ordinances.
The conference is still working on a 2020 schedule. A full release can be found here.
The starting roster for the team has been released in advance of the start of fall camp.
Original (9/24): Following in line with several other Power 5 conferences, the Mountain West announced it will have a fall football season.
The conference presidents met Thursday night, where they voted to bring fall football back beginning Oct. 24 with an eight-game season. The conference championship is set for Dec. 19.
All plans are subject to approval from state, county and local officials, according to the conference.
No further information on protocols or plans has yet been released.
The move comes on the same day the Pac-12 announced the return of fall football as well as plans for basketball and other winter sports. Pac-12 football will play a seven-game season and is set to begin Nov. 6, with men's and women's basketball beginning Nov. 25.
"I am thrilled for our student-athletes and coaches to be able to compete this fall. There has been a lot of great work done by a number of people in order to pull this together, and I am incredibly appreciative of their efforts," BSU Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said in a statement.
The Mountain West indefinitely postponed football and all other fall sports Aug. 10.
"I’m so excited that our coaches and student-athletes are going to get to do this fall what they do best - compete and win. It’s time to let the Broncos out of the corral," BSU President Marlene Tromp said in a statement Thursday night.