09-30-08 BSU Game Day Advisory - Traffic/Parking
Boise, Sept. 30, 2008 - With Boise State's first weekday home game scheduled for tomorrow, 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.
Weekday Game Traffic Advisory:
With kick off time at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct.1, BSU Fans will be headed to the stadium about the same time as afternoon commuters begin 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 to use the free shuttles coordinated by the Downtown Boise Association (www.downtownboise.org). Shuttles run between downtown parking garages and Bronco Stadium two hours before and after game time. Event parking in public parking garages is $5 during BSU home games.
- BSU fans driving their own cars to the stadium should plan for heavy traffic, leave early, 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.
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.