Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BSU Game Day Reminders on Parking, Tailgating & Alcohol

Celebrate Safely! Officers will do underage alcohol checks on game day!

Boise, Nov. 14, 2012 - As Boise State takes on Colorado State this Saturday afternoon, November 17th, Boise Police remind fans to:

  • 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. Officers are checking for adults that provide alcohol to minors and for underage drinking. 
  • Be good neighbors, use crosswalks, throw away litter and respect the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.    

Alcohol Advisory:   

Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly. Officers are advising citizens and area businesses to check ID's and not to provide alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21. For public safety, Boise Police will be checking for illegal alcohol use in the campus area. Increases in people on neighborhood streets, parks and parking lots in the Broadway area on game days has 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 for alcohol violations:

  • 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.  
  • A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail. 

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 the Bronco Shuttle link at for more information.

Additional Parking Opportunity:   

BSU football fans can get great parking while benefitting victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence, courtesy of the Ada County Commissioners. 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.


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

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 minimum $47 fine. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles will be towed.

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!