football – UPDATE Your Source for Campus News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016 Bronco Football Color Schemes and Game Day Shirts Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:23:17 +0000 football vs. Oregon, mhBronco fans are encouraged to show their school spirit by participating in coordinated color schemes and special T-shirt designs for this season’s six home football games.

Visit the Boise State Bronco Shop or for all game day and season T-shirt designs.

The much-anticipated season opener on Sept. 10 against Washington State University will feature a tri-color scheme of blue, white and orange, as well a celebration of 30 years on The Blue. The annual Blue Out will take place during the Oct. 20 game against Brigham Young University, while the Black Out will take place against San Jose State University on Nov. 4.

The Oct. 1 match-up with Utah State will feature a blue and orange alternating scheme with a pink student section and coordinating “Buck Cancer” shirt, while the 2016 homecoming game on Oct. 15 is slated to be an Orange Out and 10-year celebration of the first Fiesta Bowl win.

Fan favorites are planned for the regular season finale against University of Nevada, Las Vegas Nov. 18. Wear your favorite Bronco gear, regardless of color.

A complete outline of colors by stadium section can be found at

Faculty, Staff Invited to Bronco Football Scrimmage Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:41:15 +0000 Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin is enlisting help as the Broncos work through spring practices. As a thank you for all the support on campus, Harsin and his team are opening the Saturday, April 2, scrimmage on the Blue exclusively to all Boise State faculty, staff and students.

“Our campus is an extremely special place,” said Harsin, who’s team went 9-4 last season, including a 55-7 win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. “There are so many people across the campus who help make the Bronco program successful and this is our way of saying thanks. It truly is an entire university effort, so fitting that we have as many faculty, staff and students come to this second scrimmage of the spring, as they are all part of the Bronco team.”

There is no charge for the scrimmage and faculty and staff may bring guests. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.; enter the stadium on the west side through gates A and D.

Pre-scrimmage drills will begin at 5 p.m. with the actual scrimmage starting closer to 5:30 p.m. The scrimmage will last about 70-90 minutes.

The Quiet Success of Boise State’s Blue Thunder Marching Band Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:16:35 +0000 Blue Thunder on fieldWhile it’s easy to quantify the success of Boise State’s numerous athletic teams based on seasonal wins and losses, it’s less easy to gauge the work hundreds of other people put into each Bronco game day. Take, for instance, Boise State’s Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band.

The band is an integral part of every Bronco fan’s game-day experience, not to mention a source of pride across the university. But few fans could tell you that the band has grown 20 percent in the last two years alone, which is just one indicator that the Blue Thunder is thriving. Fewer still know the work that goes into putting on a memorable game-day show.

Blue Thunder director Joe Tornello estimates that each game-day show requires more than 10,000 man hours worth of rehearsal. This rehearsal begins the week before school starts, when band members first begin meeting in the Keith and Catherine Stein Band Hall for 12-hour rehearsal days. Once school starts, the band practices for roughly two hours a day three days a week.

“The band has to work hard as an entire organization,” said Tornello. “We don’t have starters, second string, third string, etc. Everyone must contribute at a high level for us to be the best Blue Thunder possible. We bring a unified energy when playing at events whether it being sporting or community.”

To give you an idea of what that entails, Blue Thunder plays at every football home game as well as one regular season away game.

“Standing in front of 37,000 screaming fans while the team runs through the tunnel still gives me goosebumps to this day and I’ve been in the band for three years,” said music education major Nick Wupper.

Members of the marching band also perform at women’s and men’s basketball games and volleyball games throughout the year.  In addition to all this, the band marches at campus events, community events and gives demonstrations at local high schools as their schedules allow.

In the past nine years, the Blue Thunder has traveled to all but two of Boise State’s bowl games, including trips to two Fiesta Bowls. In the same time period, the pep band joined Boise State’s basketball teams for three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Blue ThunderBut 2014-15 was arguably the program’s most decorated season. The year kicked off with a trip to Reno, Nevada, for a performance at the McQueen Marching Exhibition and a thrilling game at the University of Nevada-Reno. Last November, the band hosted 125 students from six states for its second annual Boise State Honor Marching Band. At the end of the season, the band performed at the Mountain West Conference championship game in Boise and the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on New Years Eve. Members of the Blue Thunder Marching Band then had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: providing music during President Barack Obama’s visit to campus.

This fall, the momentum is still rolling for Blue Thunder. The Sept. 12 BYU game marked the third consecutive year that the band has traveled to a regular season away game. While in Utah, they visited American Fork High School and performed an exhibition before the away game. On Nov. 14, the band will host the third annual Honor Marching Band during the New Mexico game.

“The most fun thing for me is going out and performing at different venues, not just marching band but pep band – finding different ways to perform out in public and have people see us and hear us,” said one band member.

For more information on how to join Blue Thunder, visit the application page or contact the music department at (208) 426-1846.


Get Your Ticket to Friday Night Football vs. Idaho State Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:27:20 +0000 Kick-off for Friday night’s football game against Idaho State is 7:05 p.m. and this marks the first time since 2008 that the in-state rivalry between Idaho State and Boise State has been played.

“The atmosphere at Albertsons Stadium against Washington rivaled anything in the country. We need that same feel every home game starting this Friday against Idaho State,” said head football coach Bryan Harsin. “Our faculty, staff and students are the backbone of this program, and bleed blue and orange the most.”

Tickets are available in all areas of the stadium, starting at $25 in the north end zone. South end zone reserved seating is $46 for adults and $33 for youth, and main stadium seating is $42-$65 for adults and $28-$44 for youth tickets.

Purchase tickets here.

Nancy Napier Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:10:57 +0000
Studio portrait of Nancy Napier.

Nancy Napier

Executive Director
Centre for Creativity and Innovation

In her newest Idaho Statesman blog post, Nancy Napier explores the behind-the-scenes operations of putting on a football game, particularly what goes into making fan T-shirts.

You can read the article here.

Photo of the Week — Jan. 1 Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:39:14 +0000 Coach and alumnus Bryan Harsin and other Boise State Representatives posing with the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl trophy

Boise State Football Coach and alumnus Bryan Harsin will bring home the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl trophy after the Broncos defeated the University of Arizona 38-30 on Dec. 31. The win is Boise State’s third in the Fiesta Bowl, and Coach Harsin’s first as a head coach at his alma mater. Harsin is a 2000 graduate of the College of Business and Economics.

Photo by John Kelly

Boise State is Fiesta Focused Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:51:54 +0000 8368523The nationally ranked No. 20 Boise State Broncos will meet No. 10 Arizona at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, the College Football Playoff Committee announced Sunday afternoon.

The VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, will kick off at 2 p.m. MT and be televised on ESPN.

Boise State fans can find all information on tickets, travel packages and the game itself on the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl Central page.

It is Boise State’s third trip to the Fiesta Bowl in nine seasons, and the 13th-straight bowl appearance for the Broncos, tied for seventh-longest in the nation. The Broncos previously played in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2006 (defeating No. 7 Oklahoma, 43-42 in overtime) and 2009 (defeating No. 4 TCU, 17-10) regular seasons.

Boise State (11-2) earned this season’s bid to the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl by capturing its first outright Mountain West title Saturday night with a 28-14 victory over Fresno State in the Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship, and being the highest-ranked “Group of Five” team in the College Football Playoff Top 25. The Broncos ended the regular season as the only “Group of Five” team in the CFP Top 25.

This year’s VIZIO Fiesta Bowl will mark Boise State’s first meeting with No. 10 Arizona (10-3). The Wildcats went 7-2 in Pac-12 play in 2014, capturing the conference’s South Division title before falling to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 5.

Homecoming Events Set for Sept. 15-20 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:43:31 +0000 Homecoming, Parade, joyful bronco moments, Photo by Annelise WoodwardBoise State University has announced a week of events and campus traditions to celebrate Homecoming 2014.

During the week, the university will pay tribute to former students, inspire traditions among current students and engage with friends and fans of the university. A variety of Bronco-inspired events are planned, many of which are free and open to the public. Festivities include a Homecoming parade, a campus decorating contest, reunions and spirited campus competitions for alumni, students and Boise State faculty and staff, including a blue and orange “splatter party.”

The weeklong series of events culminates with the Homecoming football game against Louisiana at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Albertsons Stadium.

Visit for a complete list of events, and check back frequently for updated reunion events. Highlights include:

Monday, Sept. 15

BroncOlympics. Various campus locations throughout the week. This third annual event encourages faculty, staff and students (individuals and teams) to demonstrate their Bronco brains and brawn to receive points at daily competitions and events. Register online at

Homecoming Kickoff. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Union patio. Kick off Homecoming week with food, fun and lots of blue and orange spirit.

Toilet Bowl – annual flag football game. 3:30-10:30 p.m. Albertsons Stadium. The Toilet Bowl is a co-ed flag football tournament on the blue turf. It is hosted by campus recreation. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to join the competition. Pre-registration required before Sept. 15 at

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Sidewalk Chalk Competition. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Student Union patio. Come show your Bronco spirit and help decorate campus sidewalks with blue and orange. This competition is open to experienced artists and those that just like to play with chalk. Free chalk is provided, and art must be finished by 4 p.m. for judging. Prizes will go to winning teams and individuals. Grab your friends and bring your creativity.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Campus Decorating Contest Judging. Campus wide. The winning office will host the coveted traveling trophy for the year and have the opportunity to have two representatives ride in the Homecoming Parade. Visit for details.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Returning Student Leaders Reunion. 5:30 p.m. Student Involvement and Leadership Center on the second floor of the Student Union. The Associated Students of Boise State University invite returning leaders to return home to reconnect with classmates, professors and friends. Come and rediscover your favorite contributions to Boise State and see the new updates to campus.

Friday, Sept. 19

Distinguished Alumni Recognition Gala. 6 p.m. Stueckle Sky Center. The Distinguished Alumni and Alumni Service awards honor those who exemplify the loyalty, passion and vision found in all great Broncos. This year’s honorees are Jim Barker ’74, David M. Cooper ’71, Wendy Hartman’79, Michael Monteferrante ’84, Jess Byrne ’99, ’04 , Jeffrey Stoppenhagen ’92, ’13, Jon Uda ’75, and a memorial tribute to Dennis Ward ’73. Visit to purchase tickets.

Blue and Orange Splatter Party. 9 p.m.-midnight. Grass intramural field.  Free for Boise State Students with ID. Get your ticket at the Student Union Info Desk or at the event.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Homecoming Parade. 4-5 p.m. University Drive. Join the procession of blue and orange by watching the Boise State Homecoming Parade travel down University Drive, ending near Bronco Stadium. The grand marshal of the parade is Boise Mayor David Bieter.

Alumni and Friends BBQ. 4-7 p.m. University Drive and Denver Street. The Boise State Alumni Association and Intercollegiate Knights Chapter invite you to join them in celebration of the groundbreaking for the New Alumni and Friends Center. Stop by and check out plans for the new building in the construction zone. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Alumni and Friends Center Groundbreaking. 6 p.m. University Drive and Denver Street. A lifelong dream of Boise State University Alumni is becoming a reality. Join us at the construction site for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Bronco Football vs. Louisiana. 8:30 p.m. Albertsons Stadium. Celebrate homecoming as the Broncos take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Ticket discount for alumni is available for $25 in Reserved section 111. For ticket information, call (208) 426-4737.

Homecoming is presented by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Alumni Association, with support from the Associated Students of Boise State University, Campus Planning and Facilities, and the Office of Communications and Marketing.


Color Schemes Announced for 2014 Football Games Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:21:01 +0000 color-schemes-14

Boise State University has announced the color schemes for its 2014 football games.

This year’s color schemes are:

  • Aug. 28, vs. Ole Miss at Atlanta, 6 p.m., orange
  • Sept. 6, Colorado State, 8:15 p.m., blue out
  • Sept. 13, at Connecticut, 10 a.m., orange
  • Sept. 20, Louisiana, Lafayette, 8:30 p.m., tri-color
  • Sept. 27, at Air Force, 5 p.m., orange
  • Oct. 4, at Nevada, 8:30 p.m., orange
  • Oct. 17, Fresno State, 6 p.m., orange out
  • Oct. 24, Brigham Young, 7 p.m., blue and orange
  • Nov. 8, at New Mexico, 5 p.m., blue
  • Nov. 15, San Diego State, TBA, black out
  • Nov. 22, at Wyoming, TBA, blue
  • Nov. 29, Utah State, TBA, spirit

A complete outline of colors by stadium section can be found in the graphic above or online for a PDF version.

Get your gameday shirts at one of the six Bronco Shop locations, or online at

Bronco football season tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (208) 426-4737 or go online at Bronco Tickets.


Pep Rally Marks Football Opener in Atlanta Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:02:26 +0000 BroncoHead300x300Boise State fans in Atlanta, Ga., for the football season opener against Ole Miss are invited to the official pep rally and team walks at Georgia World Congress Center. The fun is from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

Beat the heat, enjoy tons of fun interactive games and sponsor attractions and cheer on the Broncos, all just steps from the Georgia Dome. You’ll enjoy free food, drinks, samples, giveaways and more.

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door with a game ticket, or $15 at the door without a game ticket. Buy tickets at

Game Day Schedule:

  • Noon— Georgia Dome parking lots open
  • 2 p.m. — FanZone opens
  • 5:25-6:45 p.m. — FanZone Pep Rally and Team Walks
  • 6 p.m. — Georgia Dome Gates Open
  • 8 p.m. — Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Fans who want to follow the game from here in Boise can do so at the Student Union starting at 6 p.m. Game Day at the SUB invites friends and family to the first-floor dining area for large-screen football action and free Bronco swag.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage and food will be available for purchase.


New Security Measures Planned at Albertsons Stadium Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:33:17 +0000 StadiumBoise State University is strengthening security measures at Albertsons Stadium this fall to ensure that Boise State fans, students and student-athletes continue to enjoy Bronco football in one of the safest environments in the country.

In keeping with best practices for venue safety, Bronco fans will be encouraged — but not required — to leave their bags at home or in the car this year, or use a sturdy, clear tote bag similar to those now popular at NFL stadiums and other professional sports venues.

Prior to entry, fans will pass through metal detectors, and any bags carried in will be subject to search. Re-entry will continue to be allowed, but fans will pass through security to re-enter. Security officials will roll out these changes through the season to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

“Our highest priority is the safety and security of our fans, students and student-athletes,” said Vice President for Campus Operations and General Counsel Kevin Satterlee. “But we also place a premium on our fans and families having a great time and enjoying some of the best college football the NCAA has to offer. These new measures strike that balance in a way that is working around the country.”

The university has been taking steps for years to increase security in the stadium, and these latest measures are part of that ongoing effort to adopt best practices for safety and security established at large venues around the world.

Idaho law now allows the holders of enhanced concealed weapons permits to carry concealed on some parts of Idaho campuses, but it continues to ban concealed guns and other weapons from the stadium and other large venues on college campuses — even for permit-holders.

Boise State will be among the first universities in the country to adopt walk-through metal detectors, though they and metal-detecting wands have fast become the norm at professional sports venues and big bowl games. Security experts say they are an effective and convenient way to boost the safety of a stadium and expect more large universities soon will adapt these and other methods.

The NFL now requires clear bags only and metal detection at every stadium. Major League Baseball will have metal detection at every ballpark by 2015. Universities including Rutgers, University of Pittsburgh and University of South Florida have adopted the NFL’s clear bags requirement. Other universities, including Michigan and Michigan State, prohibit all bags at football games.

Campus Security and stadium managers will work this season to perfect the screening procedures to ensure as smooth and quick an entry as possible. They offer these tips to get to your seats as quickly and easily as possible:

  1. Bring a clear bag or no bag to the game.
  2. Remember to leave prohibited items behind, including all weapons, alcohol, glass and coolers. Find a full list at
  3. Don’t wait until just before kickoff to enter the stadium. The earlier you enter the quicker it will be.

Security officials ask anyone who sees something that looks unusual or out of place to immediately call 9-1-1 or Campus Security and Police Services at (208) 426-6911.


Kiplinger’s: Boise a ‘Best College Town for Retirees’ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:10:32 +0000 Osher300x225Boise State’s Osher Institute, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and Boise State football and basketball games were highlighted in a Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine story about the best college towns for retirees.

Boise was one of 10 towns across the United States cited as places that provide intellectual stimulation, rich cultural resources, team spirit and retiree-friendly tax laws.

“At Boise State, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts features symphony concerts, dance and Broadway musicals. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers college-level classes on everything from PhotoShop to philosophy,” the article stated.

Football vs. Nevada, jkIn reference to the community’s support for Bronco athletics, the article continued: “Boise State’s football and basketball teams attract the kind of community support that larger cities reserve for professional sports.”

Other towns on Kiplinger’s list include Oxford, Mississippi; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Asheville, North Carolina; Athens, Georgia; Charlottesville, Virginia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Gainesville, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; and State College, Pennsylvania.

Read the full story here. Boise is highlighted on slide No. 6.