Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Football & Fitness - Advisories for Events this Saturday!

09-21-10 Football & Fitness - Advisories for Events this Saturday!

    Boise, Sept. 21, 2010 - ESPN's College Game Day is broadcasting live from Bronco Stadium this Saturday morning. The popular TV show will welcome the Boise State Broncos home for their first home game of the season. And this year, the first home game falls on the same day as another major event; the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration. The weekly Capital City Public Market is also open downtown this Saturday, and the Idaho History Museum is hosting its annual Museum Comes to Life event.

    All these events are typically very well attended, which means folks headed to Boise's downtown or nearby BSU area Saturday before noon should expect traffic and parking congestion and be aware of road closures due to the fitness event. 

    "We know people want to enjoy these great activities and not have to worry about traffic or parking issues," aid Sgt. Kyle Christensen of the Boise Police day STEP team, the motorcycle traffic enforcement unit. 

    "Hopefully this information that we've put together with the help of event organizers will help people plan ahead, know where to go and where to avoid, and be able to just enjoy the events!" said Sgt. Christensen.

    Boise Police have been working closely with Boise State Athletics and Administration, St Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration organizers, the Boise Parks & Recreation Department and others to share and release information to help citizens plan for what will certainly be a fun but busy day in Boise!

GETTING TO AND FROM DOWNTOWN AND BSU BEFORE NOON:

    Those going to the downtown or BSU area before noon are advised to use the following routes:

• State Street east and west
• Broadway Ave off I-84 (avoid the inbound connector)

ROAD CLOSURES

    Up to 12,000 participants are expected for the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration. Preparations and the race route will mean the following road closures:

Downtown Core:

• W. Myrtle St at the Inbound Connector I-184 - closed from 8:30 a.m. until approx 10:30 a.m.
• Jefferson to Front, 10th Street to 5th Street closed from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
• 9th Street closed at River from 8:00 a.m. until fitness race participants clear the area
• Capitol Blvd: closed from Vista to Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to approx 10:30 a.m.
• Americana Blvd:
  - Fri., Sept. 24 - starting at 5;30 p.m. Friday, narrowed to two lanes from Shoreline to Emerald.
  - Sat., Sept. 25 - closed to all traffic 7:00 a.m. to noon.

Bench, above Ann Morrison Park:

• Crescent Rim Dr: Boise Depot to Latah, closed from 8:30 a.m. to approx. 11:00 a.m.
• N. Latah St.: Alpine to Americana closed to all but local traffic 7:00 a.m. until approx noon.
• Emerald St.: Roosevelt to Americana closed to all but local traffic 7:00 a.m. until approx noon.

    Information on the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration, including a map of the race route and road closures,  can be found at: www.celebrateall.org.

PARKING:

    Those attending both the Fitness Celebration and the BSU Game are encouraged to use the free shuttles provided:

Fitness Shuttles: 

    Those attending the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration are encouraged to park at the Boise Towne Square Mall and take a free, no reservation shuttle to and from the race.

BSU Football Shuttles: 

    The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from several convenient downtown locations to Bronco Stadium. These shuttles run every 15 minutes for two hours prior to game time, and immediately after the game for one hour. Please log onto www.downtownboise.org for more information.

FOOTBALL GAME PARKING, TAILGATING:

    "ESPN's Game Day coming to Bronco Stadium is certainly exciting, and fans may start their pre-game tailgating a little earlier than usual. We're reminding football fans to keep their safety and the safety of others in mind while they have fun and celebrate the team," said Lt. Tony Plott of the Boise Police Boise State campus police unit.

    "We want this day to be a winning day for the Broncos, and keep everyone's focus on the team and the exciting events of the day. If fans follow to some pretty basic safety reminders, it'll be a winning day all around!" said Lt. Plott.

    One again this football season, Boise Police are reminding football fans to:

• Drive safely to and from the football games. Do not drink and drive.
• Park safely and legally. Those who ignore parking laws and/or signs jeopardize  safety and risk getting a ticket or being towed.
• Drink alcohol in designated areas. For public safety, open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public areas including parks, parking lots and neighborhood streets.
• Be good neighbors, use crosswalks, throw away litter and respect the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.     

Neighborhoods / Public Streets:

    To preserve neighborhood and public safety, officers will be watching for parked 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.

   Both Idaho State and Boise City codes prohibit the following hazardous parking:

• Within 30 feet of a stop sign or yield sign;
• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk-marked or unmarked-at an intersection;
• 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.

    PENALTIES:

• Citation: most parking tickets carry a fine of approx $47.
• Towing: motorists risk their vehicle being towed if the vehicle is parked blocking a driveway, access way, fire hydrant, or parked illegally in an alleyway.

Julia Davis Park:

    Boise Police and Boise Parks & Recreation remind football fans that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited. The park closes at midnight, vehicles left in the park past midnight are towed.  Illegally parked vehicles can be towed at anytime.  

    On game days, additional signs will be posted prominently in the park to remind fans about parking regulations. For games that start after 7 p.m., towing will not occur until 2 a.m.
Glass beverage containers are prohibited in all city parks.  All other glass is to be removed from the park by the user and not deposited in trash receptacles.  

    Alcohol is allowed only with a permit issued for shelter reservations. For more on Boise Park safety regulations, go to: www.cityofboise.org/parks

University Drive:

    Signs posted on the north and south sides of University Drive restrict parking between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Violation of the parking restrictions is a $47. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles will be towed.

Alcohol Advisory:

    Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly.

    For public safety, Boise Police will be watching for illegal alcohol use in the neighborhoods surrounding Boise State, Julia Davis Park, and other restricted areas. 

    Increases in people on neighborhood streets, parks and parking lots in the Broadway area prior to the games has in past years, resulted in increased 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.

    It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a parks dept. permit, and within 250 feet of the Boise River. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).

    PENALTIES:

• 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 advisories and patrols is to keep citizens safe, and to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the BSU campus.
   GO BRONCOS!

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