People enjoy celebrating the BSU Broncos.
The Boise Police Department is proposing a “10 to 10 Zone” to allow more areas where people can safely, responsibly and legally include alcohol in their tailgate celebrations. The number of tailgate parties surrounding the BSU stadium has grown significantly in recent years as people want to take part in game day festivities. However, tailgate spots on BSU property near the stadium where alcohol is allowed are extremely limited. This has resulted in confusion and frustration from citizens on where they can legally consume alcoholic beverages near the stadium on game days.
The BPD proposed “10 to 10 Zone” would:
- Reduce the number of open container tickets issued within the Boise State University game day tailgating areas given to otherwise law-abiding citizens.
- Reduce the number of problems that occur in the neighborhoods south and east of the stadium.
- Allow police officers to focus law enforcement resources on other, more pressing safety issues on game days.
“Our measure of effectiveness is not arrests, but more importantly, the absence of crime and a perception by our citizens of feeling safe, being treated fairly and a clear understanding of laws,” Said Chief Michael Masterson.
“I think the “10 to 10 Zone” a reasonable and prudent policy for regulation of open containers and the public consumption of alcohol,” said Chief Masterson. “We believe and support this exception for this location and this special event. On BSU game days, typically have 30 – 40 officers are working these areas and would be available to respond very quickly to behavioral or safety issues should any arise.”
Proposal: BPD proposes an exception to the city’s ban on open containers of alcoholic beverages in public places to be known informally as the “10 to 10 Zone”,a tailgating “district”. This exception will allow lawful open container possession inside a specified area for a 12-hour period, specifically between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on days BSU plays a home football game in Bronco Stadium. The exception would apply within specific geographic areas around the stadium and outlying areas adjacent to the stadium including a portion of Julia Davis Park, with the assistance and cooperation of the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation and Boise State University.
The proposal is a pilot project with a sunset of June, 2014, to be re-evaluated at that time.
Background: Currently, Boise Police officers enforce the city’s open container law by educating citizens about Boise City Code 6-01-15 which prohibits anyone from possessing or drinking from an open alcoholic beverage container in a public place, and enforces the law by issuing citations for violations. A violation of BCC 6-01-15 is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail (the most common fine amount imposed by the court is $192.50 which includes court costs).
It’s the experience of officers working this event that many people attending BSU games either do not know where they can drink alcoholic beverages legally or they simply do not have an area to drink other than the stadium itself. Officers have found citizens are confused by the ordinances and in some cases, have moved tailgate parties into neighborhoods near the stadium creating noise, litter and other issues with the homeowners.
In enforcing the ordinance during the football season, BPD issues an average of 300 “open container” citations eachseason. Enforcement of this ordinance consumes a significant amount of officer time which could otherwise be spent on public safety needs such as traffic safety, crowd control and calls for assistance in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium.
Pilot Project: To date, this “10 to 10 Zone” proposal has been presented to:
- Director of Boise Parks and Recreation
- BSU Administrative personnel
- Business and community members around Bronco Stadium
- Boise Parks and Recreation Commission
The goal of the pilot project is:
- Designate the “10 to 10 Zone” tailgating district .
- Eliminate citizen confusion about when and where open containers of alcoholic beverages can be legally possessed.
- Decrease the number of “open container” citations issued to people who are trying to comply with the law.
- Reallocate officer time and resources to focus on more important public safety concerns on football game days.
Implementation of the “10 to 10 Zone” will require a separate ordinance amendment to Title 13, chapter 3 of the Boise City parks Code.
The proposed “10 to 10 Zone” project includes the following features:
- The creation of a tailgating district in a specific geographic area where people 21 years of age or over are allowed to possess open containers of alcoholic beverages and may legally consume alcohol.
- The “10 to 10 Zone” will exist during a 12 hour window, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the day of each BSU home football game. This time frame accommodates nearly all BSU home football games as schedule start times are either 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The set start and end times are meant for consistency to eliminate confusion.
- The proposed “10 to 10 Zone” includes an area north of the stadium, including the eastern half of Julia Davis Park that begins at Zoo Boise and runs east to Broadway Ave.
- Anyone consuming alcoholic beverages in the “10 to 10 Zone” would be required to use opaque plastic cups consistent with BSU policy. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in open bottles or cans would still be prohibited under this BPD proposal.
- Will expire June 1, 2014.
What's Next, How to Get Involved:
July 23rd - The "10 to 10 Zone" tailgate district proposal is on the agenda for it's first reading before the Boise City Council.
July 30th - A public hearing on the ordinance is set for the July 30th meeting of the Boise City Council.
August 13th - a third and final reading set for August 13th. Please check http://cityclerk.cityofboise.org/city-council-meetings/ for meeting time and location.
Boise State's first home football game this season is September 7th at 1:00 p.m. against the Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee - Martin. Go Broncos!