09-12-08 BSU Game Day Advisory
Boise, Sept. 12, 2008 - With Boise State's Homecoming football game just a day away, Boise Police are reminding citizens who drive to the football game to do so safely, and those who celebrate the team to do so responsibly. Citizens who live and work near the stadium want to continue to have a safe and clean neighborhood.
"Neighbors around the University say extra police patrols during football games has noticeably cut down on past problems associated with illegal parking and irresponsible alcohol use." said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson. "Most fans want to be cooperative. Our objective with the extra patrols is to keep BSU fans safe, keep the neighborhoods around the campus safe and clean, and to do what we can to make game days a celebration for everyone."
Weekday Game Traffic Advisory:
With kick off times falling between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the three scheduled weekday games (Wed., Oct 1, Fri., Oct. 17, and Fri., Nov. 28), BSU Fans will be headed to the stadium about the same time as afternoon commuters continue their trips home.
Boise Police are advising commuters who use Broadway, Vista and Capitol to be prepared for heavy traffic or use alternate routes to avoid the congestion.
BSU fans should plan for heavy traffic and arrive with plenty of time to walk to the stadium.
To preserve neighborhood and public safety, officers will be watching for vehicles that pose a safety hazard such as those parked blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and fire hydrants, or parked too close to intersections or stop signs.
Boise Parks & Recreation also reminds football fans that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited; the park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please refer to signs within city parks for additional rules and information.
- Most parking tickets carry a $36 fine.
- Motorists risk their vehicle being towed if parked blocking a driveway, access way, fire hydrant, or parked illegally in an alleyway.
The Downtown Boise Association (www.downtownboise.org) has coordinated free shuttle buses from downtown locations to the game. Shuttles will run two hours before and after game time. Event parking in public parking garages will be $5 during home games.
For public safety, Boise Police will be watching for illegal alcohol use in the neighborhoods surrounding Boise State. An increase in people on neighborhood streets and parking lots in the Broadway area prior to the games has resulted in an increase in complaints and concerns about illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering. Officers will be patrolling streets and parking lots in the Broadway area watching for illegal alcohol use as well as illegal parking.
Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly. It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a permit, and within 250 feet of the greenbelt. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).
- Those carrying open containers of alcohol on city streets, sidewalks, city parks or parking lots risk getting a citation. Illegally possessing an open container of alcohol or urinating in public is a misdemeanor that requires a court appearance with a possible penalty of a fine up to $1,000 or 6 months in jail.
- Minors found in possession of alcohol risk a drivers license suspension and/or a fine.
The goal of police patrols is to keep the neighborhoods around the BSU campus clean and safe.