BOISE -- The Boise State Broncos (0-1) will face the University of Tennesee Martin Skyhawks (1-0) Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The event is BSU's first home game of the 2013 season, and should bring legions of orange and blue fans to Bronco Stadium hungry for a home-game win.
The Bronco's season-opening loss against the University of Washington in Seattle saw the team fall 38-6. It was the team's worst loss in six years.
Analysts say Saturday's matchup should provide an easier opponent for Boise State. That's because the unranked UT Martin team took several losses to smaller FCS opponents in 2012, including Northern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, and Tennessee Tech.
However, Coach Chris Petersen says nobody should take the Skyhawks for granted.
PETERSEN: 'IT'S ALL A WORK IN PROGRESS'
With the addition of two new quarterbacks, Petersen says UT Martin's passing game could keep the Broncos guessing. There's also a lot of defensive question marks for the Skyhawks, who opened their season with a win over Chattanooga last weekend and are fielding a robust crew of returning starters.
"They do a nice job," Petersen said during Monday's news conference. "They can run the ball, but the do throw it, give a good play-action game, a lot of balls out on the perimeter, that kind of stuff."
As for the Broncos, Petersen said he was satisfied with last Saturday's running game, but was disappointed in both the team's receivers and its speed of gameplay.
"I don't think we've arrived at any phase of our game," Petere It's all a work in progress."
The cost of tickets for the game start at $40 for adults, and vary by age and section. BSU student tickets for Saturday's game are free. Regular tickets can be purchased online, or by calling the Boise State Ticket Office at 208-426-4737. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were just under 8,000 tickets available.
HOW TO WATCH
The game will be online only via the ESPN3 platform. That means ESPN TV subscribers who register online can get access to the game. To do so, visit ESPN3 online and register your ESPN account. Also, Cable One high speed internet customers and Cox high speed internet customers can access ESPN3 for free.
KTVB TO BROADCAST PRE-GAME SHOW
In addition, KTVB will broadcast a live pregame show on the blue at Bronco Stadium starting at 12:00 p.m. The pregame show will be available on KTVB.COM and live on the Bronco Roundup App.
You can also expect live post-game coverage and an interview with Coach Pete immediately after the game.
NEW ALCOHOL TAILGATING RULES
Fans at this year's Boise State home football games will be allowed to drink alcohol at tailgate parties near Bronco Stadium.
The "Ten to Ten Zone" is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Bronco football home game days where alcoholic beverages will be allowed in plastic cups.
The cups cannot be see-through and cannot display brand names or logos of alcoholic beverage companies, and anyone consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years old.
Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson says this will allow officers to focus on other issues rather than ticketing open-container violators who are otherwise following the law.
PARKING AND TAILGATING
Paid parking lots at Boise State open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and cost approximately $10. Other parking options available range from garage parking
Bronco Athletic Association Reserved Parking
- Those with pre-purchased parking permits through the Bronco Athletic Association (BAA) will be allowed to enter their designated parking lot starting at 8 a.m. and will be required to exit one hour after the game. BAA lots include the Stadium, Manitou, Denver, Denver and Beacon, and Norco lots, as well as the Lincoln Avenue Garage.
Administration Visitor Lot
- An accessible equipped Boise State shuttle will provide transportation to and from the game beginning at 11 a.m. until kickoff, and again until one hour after the game.
Lincoln Avenue Garage
- The entrance to the garage is located off Belmont Street, between Lincoln Avenue and Michigan Avenue. An accessible equipped Boise State shuttle will provide transportation to and from the game beginning at 11 a.m. until kickoff, and again until one hour after the game.
Brady Street Garage
- Game day parking will be available to the public beginning at 11 a.m. An accessible equipped Boise State shuttle will provide transportation to and from the game beginning at 11 a.m. until kickoff, and again until one hour after the game.
Liberal Arts and Library Lots
- Use of these lots is restricted to Library and Liberal Arts reserve permit holders and football operations.
Yanke Research Lot, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
- This location is the only RV parking available on campus not reserved for Bronco Athletic Association (BAA) members. Restrooms will be available onsite and security will be present. No shuttle service will be provided to and from this lot; those parking in this lot are encouraged to walk to the game along the Greenbelt. All Boise State permit holders may park in the Yanke lot on a space-available basis at no charge.
- Secure, valet bicycle parking is provided from 10 a.m. until one hour after the game, near Christ Chapel and Caesar Chavez Lane.
- Those looking for hourly parking will be directed to the meters in the Public Affairs and Arts West Lot.
- Vehicles relocated for any reason, such as not displaying the proper permit, parking in an incorrect location, or vehicles that have been abandoned, will be towed to the dirt lot at Denver Avenue and Belmont Street.
OFF-CAMPUS PARKING DETAILS
Boise State Transportation and Parking Services encourages the public to park in downtown parking structures and ride the Boise State Bronco shuttle to the game. The cost is $5 per vehicle.
URS Parking Garage, 720 Park Blvd.
- The URS Parking Garage opens to game day parking patrons at 10 a.m. for $5 per car. Free shuttle service to and from the game will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until kickoff, and again until one hour after the game.
Residential Street Parking
- Boise State discourages parking on residential side streets. For those who choose to park on city streets, remember that vehicles are not allowed to park along portions of University Drive from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Vehicles may not park for longer than 24 hours and are prohibited from parking within 30 feet or less of stop signs, or within 20 feet or less of an intersection.
Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.
- Overnight parking in Julia Davis Park is prohibited. City parking enforcement commences at 1 a.m. on game days.
- Parking on University Drive is prohibited from 2-5 a.m. Violators are subject to a $40 citation and their vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.
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 outfit for Saturday's game. For specific section information, see the 2012 color scheme schedule.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM BPD
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
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. To pay online, go to www.parkwhiz.com and select Boise to access the Ada County Courthouse parking option.