BOISE -- The University at Buffalo Bulls (8-4) will take on the San Diego State Aztecs (5-3) in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 MST at Bronco Stadium.
It's officially bowl week in Boise, as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl saw its teams arrive in the City of Trees on Tuesday
But before they get to the game, the two teams squared off at Pinz Bowling for a friendly competition, proceeds going to charity. Then on Wednesday the two teams took a trip to Fast Lane to go indoor go-kart racing.
San Diego State won the bowling competition, which is a big deal for the teams, as is playing in the bowl game.
"We're just really thankful to be here, and we can tell how much support the community has with this bowl game, and the people that put on the bowl game. It's amazing over there, everybody's really enjoying themselves," said San Diego State fullback Chad Young.
"Our team is excited about playing here. We're even excited about the weather being a little cold, because most of our guys haven't been in any kind of cold weather. So we're excited about everything going on," said San Diego State head coach Rocky Long.
"This is their reward. An opportunity to come, and it didn't matter where we were going to play. So I told them, 'Hey we're just going to fly a little bit west, and we're going to line up, play somebody in the Mountain West, and it's going to be a great opportunity for you guys to experience what a bowl festivities all about,'" said University at Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn.
"I don't care about anything other than getting this win. When I get a bowl win, it'll be the first team in Buffalo history to get this bowl win," said University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.
This is just the second bowl appearance in the history of the program for the University of Buffalo.
The 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash Bash presented by Idahoan will take place on the Basque Block in downtown Boise on December 20 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The event includes: voting for your favorite potato (Mashed or Baked) in Tatergeddon, and a great chance to see the Buffalo and San Diego State marching bands and cheerleaders!
GAME TELEVISED ON ESPN
The game will be televised on ESPN, which can be found on the following local channels.
CableOne -- 24 & 491 (HD)
Cox Cable -- 32 & 1032 (HD)
Direct TV -- 206
Dish Network -- 141
KTVB HOSTS PREGAME SHOW
Join KTVB Sports Director Jay Tust and Ryan Larrondo for the The United Heritage Insurance Preview of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pregame show scheduled at 2:30 p.m. MDT Saturday.
You can watch the pregame show on KTVB 7.1. The pregame show will also be available on KTVB.COM and live on the KTVB app.
Prices range from $20-99 depending on what section of the stadium you would like to sit in.
ALCOHOL TAILGATING RULES
Fans at this year's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game 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.
Boise Parks Department will tow vehicles from Julia Davis Park starting at 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
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.
PARKING AND TAILGATING
Boise State Transportation and Parking is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Idaho Foodbank. You can park for free for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (in select lots) with a minimum donation of four cans of food.
Campus parking lots will open at 8 a.m.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., parking will be available in the East Stadium lot for $20
Parking Lots and Garages: Spaces Available for $10 (or free with a four-can minimum food donation)
Administration Visitor Lot
Brady Street Garage
Lincoln Avenue Garage
$20 - West Stadium lot (limited availability, first-come, first-served)
$20 - East Stadium lot (limited availability, first-come, first-served)
$10 (or free with a minimum four-can food donation) - Engineering and Technology “ET” reserved lot
$10 (or free with a minimum four-can food donation) - Ground floor of Lincoln Avenue Garage
Accessible parking restrictions: The vehicle must display an ADA license plate or placard, and the placard/license plate registrant must be an occupant in the vehicle in order to purchase game day accessible parking. There are no in-and-out privileges; vacated spaces will be resold.
A free, wheelchair-accessible shuttle will be available from the Engineering Technology reserve lot, Lincoln Avenue Garage, and Brady Street Garage two hours prior to kickoff, and for one hour after the game.
Hourly parking is available at meters in the Public Affairs and Arts West lot.
RV parking is available on a space available, first-come, first-served basis in the East Stadium lot for $50.
OFF-CAMPUS PARKING DETAILS
Overnight parking in Julia Davis Park is prohibited. City parking enforcement commences at 1 a.m. on game days.
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. However, city parking enforcement won't commence until 1 a.m. on game days.
Parking on University Drive is prohibited from 2-5 a.m. Violators are subject to a minimum $47 fine and their vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.
CAMPUS PERMIT HOLDERS
General Permit Holders:
Bronco Circle, East Stadium, West Stadium, Cesar Chavez Lane, Denver, Denver and Beacon, Manitou and Norco general permit areas close at 12:01 a.m. and all vehicles must exit prior to 12:01 a.m. on game day. Any vehicle left in these areas will be cited and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
Alternative parking options are available in:
Landscape Services Lot
Street parking on Michigan Avenue
Health Services Riverside Lot
Brady Street Garage
Brady Street Garage Permit Holders:
Hourly parking is available until 12:30 p.m.
All valid Boise State permit holders will be able to park in this garage, pending availability.
An accessible Boise State shuttle will be available from 1:30 p.m. until kickoff. It will be available again after the game for one hour.
Taco Bell Arena, Allen Noble Hall of Fame and Stueckle Sky Center Permit Holders:
East Stadium and West Stadium lots close at 12:01 a.m. and all vehicles must exit prior to 12:01 a.m. on game day. Any vehicle left will be cited and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Alternative parking for Reserved permit holders is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage.
Lincoln Avenue Garage Permit Holders:
Lincoln Avenue Garage permit holders will be allowed to park in the upper levels of the garage, based on availability.
A free, wheelchair-accessible shuttle will be available from Lincoln Avenue Garage two hours prior to kickoff, and for one hour after the game.
The bottom floor is for accessible parking and bowl game operations.
Norco Reserved Permit Holders:
Norco reserved permit holders may park in their regular permit area in the Norco lot.
Engineering Technology Reserved Permit Holders:
The Engineering and Technology lot will close to permit holders at 12:01 a.m. and all vehicles must exit prior to 12:01 a.m. on game day.
Alternative parking is available to ET permit holders in the Lincoln Avenue Garage.
T-Lot Reserved Permit Holders:
This lot will be restricted to T-Lot reserved permit holders, overflow permit parking and game day parking.
Liberal Arts and Library Permit Holders:
The Liberal Arts and Library lots will be closed to general permit holders.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM BPD
Police say illegal and overnight parking is prohibited in all Boise Parks. Nearby 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.
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.