BOISE -- The Boise State Broncos will take on the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks Saturday at 2 p.m. You can expect legions of blue and orange fans to dominate downtown Boise when it happens.
That's because Saturday's event is Boise State's first 2012 home game. There's also a new roster of players, new changes to Bronco Stadium, and thousands of new students in attendance at BSU.
In other words: there's a lot to celebrate.
Besides the obvious hoopla over BSU's offensive and defensive depth charts, questions about how BSU stacks up against Miami (Ohio), and other food for thought, we wanted to offer the best information possible to help fans enjoy the game.
Here's our official BSU vs. Miami gameday guide for spectators.
The cost of tickets for the game start at $36 and go up based on the section.
Tickets can be purchased at all Select-a-Seat outlets or by calling the Boise State Ticket Office at 208-426-4737.
They can also be purchased online at IdahoTickets.com.
HOW TO WATCH ON TV
Viewers can tune into the NBC Sports Channel (NBCS) to see the game broadcast live at 2 p.m.
- Cable One: channel 326 and 408 in HD
- DirecTV: channel 603
- Dish: channel 159
In addition, KTVB will broadcast a live pregame show at Bronco Stadium starting at 1 p.m. You can expect extended live post-game coverage and highlights on KTVB 7.2 starting at approximately at 5:30 p.m.
PARKING AND TAILGATING
Paid parking lots at Boise State open at 8 a.m. on Saturday. A number of road closures this year could make some parking tricky. See the university's full parking information here.
While general and reserved gameday parking is available at BSU, thousands of cars typically cruise nearby neighborhoods, parks, and businesses to score open spots.
That's why Boise Police remind fans that state and city codes prohibit parking in the following areas:
- Within 30 feet of a stop sign or yield sign
- Within 20 feet of a crosswalk, marked or unmarked
- 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. Most parking violations carry ticket fines of approximately $47, and vehicles parked in hazardous areas risk being towed.
Additionally, BPD reminds fans that open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public areas, including parks, parking lots, and neighborhood streets. Police say they'll monitor for illegal alcohol use in neighborhoods surrounding Boise State, Julia Davis Park, and other areas.
SHUTTLE SERVICE TO BRONCO STADIUM
The Downtown Boise Association plans to offer free shuttle buses to Bronco Stadium. Shuttles run every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour. For pickup and drop locations, see the Bronco Shuttle link on the association's web page.
STADIUM COLOR SCHEME
Fans are encouraged to wear a tri-color scheme on Saturday, including blue, orange, and white colors. For specific section information, see the 2012 color scheme schedule.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM BPD
Julia Davis Park (and other Boise parks):
Police say illegal and overnight parking is prohibited in all Boise Parks. Julia Davis park closes at midnight, and cars may be towed after this time. Towing for all other illegal parking actions can happen any time.
However, BPD and Boise Parks and Rec. say towing will not happen until 2 a.m. for games that start after 7 p.m. during 2012's Bronco Football season.
Police also say alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in all parks, except for in designated park shelter areas by those with designated permits. Click here for more on Boise park safety regulations.
Police will post signs on the north and south sides of University Drive to restrict parking between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Vehicles may be ticketed and towed in these areas.
Additional Parking Opportunity:
Police say fans can park at the Ada County Courthouse and help victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. Fans can park at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front Street for each home game during the 2012-2013 football season at a cost of $5.00 per car. All parking revenue proceeds will directly benefit victims served at Faces Family Justice Center.