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Tailgating 101: Boise State Prepares for Home Football Opener

By:    Published 4:09 pm / September 10, 2012

Boise State University is gearing up this week for its home football opener as the Broncos face Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Bronco Stadium. Boise State appreciates fan support and encourages ticket-holders to arrive early and enjoy food, fun and the company of their friends at pre-game tailgate parties.

However, those fans coming to the area for the game are expected to obey all state and local laws; treat fellow fans, including those supporting the opposing team, with civility; and respect the property of others. In the interest of safety, sportsmanship and consistency, Boise State will not overlook behavior on game days that would not be tolerated at other times.

At its discretion, the university may terminate tailgate parties or take other appropriate action against individuals, groups or organizations whose conduct at tailgate parties is irresponsible, unreasonable or inconsistent with Boise State University, City of Boise and/or State of Idaho policies and regulations, ordinances and laws.

For the safety and enjoyment of all fans, please keep the following guidelines in mind when tailgating at Boise State football games:

Boise State University Personnel: Please show respect, patience and courtesy toward all security, ushers, parking and game day personnel. Those individuals are here to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience. Any verbal or physical abuse of Boise State staff will result in revocation of parking privileges and/or disciplinary action as necessary.

Tailgating Conduct: Again this year, state laws regarding use and possession of alcohol will be enforced on campus. Persons engaging in public indecency, disorderly conduct, lewd behavior and other violations are subject to disciplinary action that could include arrest, issuance of a citation, exclusion and revocation of game tickets and parking privileges. Drinking games of any sort involving alcohol are prohibited during tailgating. Also, any activity which promotes alcohol consumption is prohibited.

Bronco Stadium Parking Lot Hours: The Bronco Stadium parking lot will open for those with reserved football parking permits at 8 a.m. on non-school days and four hours prior to kickoff for weekday games. The lots will close one hour after the game ends, at which time everyone must vacate the lots.

Non-Reserved Parking: For day-of-game general parking, please use the lots at the Lincoln Avenue Garage, Brady Street Garage, Administration Lot and Yanke Family Research Park Lot (located on E. Parkcenter Blvd.). The availability in these lots may be limited due to other campus events. For more information on non-reserved lots, please contact Boise State Transportation and Parking at 426-7275 or visit

Smoke-Free Campus: For the health of our community, Boise State is smoke-free. The smoke-free policy covers all university-owned or controlled buildings, property, vehicles and parking lots, the Friendship Bridge and Greenbelt section adjacent to campus.

Commercial/Private Advertising in Lots: Commercial and other solicitation (sales and/or advertising) is prohibited on campus. Vehicles that are advertising or representing commercial, private brands or other entities without prior written approval from Bronco Sports Properties are prohibited within Boise State parking lots.

Barbecues: Please pack out what you pack in. Do not dump out your charcoal in the parking lots, grass areas or the track bins. Hot charcoals cause fires.

Parking Lot Safety: Fans are reminded of these rules: 1) no throwing of objects is allowed in the parking areas; 2) do not use stakes to secure tents in your tailgate area due to irrigation and electrical lines; 3) no open fire pits or bonfires; and  4) no kegs or glass bottles.

Trash: The Boise State University campus and Bronco Stadium are a source of pride for all of us. Please pack out what you pack in and do not leave trash in the parking lots.

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