Fans guide: How to watch, attend Boise State’s football game against Fresno State

Darin Oswald/doswald@idahostatesman.com

What a difference a week makes.

Questions surrounded the Boise State football team last weekend. A disastrous loss at UTEP was followed by the firing of offensive coordinator Tim Plough and the transfer of four-year starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier. Familiar name Dirk Koetter was about to call plays for an offense led by redshirt freshman QB Taylen Green against San Diego State in a pivotal Mountain West game at Albertsons Stadium.

After a very shaky first half — only 43 rushing yards and a big zero on the scoreboard, with a 13-0 deficit — the Broncos got rolling. And rolling. And rolling.

Green finished with 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and running backs George Holani and Ashton Jeanty combined for 213 yards and three TDs, as Boise State scored a 35-13 victory. The Broncos wound up with 316 yards rushing on 44 carries — a whopping 7.2 yards per carry.

As impressive as that was, the defense kept the team in the game in the first half and then helped turn it, intercepting a pass to start the third quarter. The Broncos’ D limited San Diego State to 114 total yards and forced 10 punts.

Boise State now tries to carry last week’s momentum into Saturday’s game against Fresno State on The Blue, and the Broncos get to welcome a limping league opponent. The Bulldogs (1-3) have beaten only Cal Poly this season and are coming off a loss at UConn, a three-touchdown underdog that had not beaten an FBS opponent since 2019. Fresno also is without starting quarterback Jake Haener.

WHERE TO FIND THE TV BROADCAST

Boise State will be on Fox Sports 1 again this week. That’s channel 146 on Sparklight, 219 on DirecTV and 150 on Dish Network.

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FRESNO STATE AT BOISE STATE

When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday

Where: Albertsons Stadium

TV: FS1 (Alex Faust, Pretos Papadakis)

Radio: KBOI 670 AM/93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)

Records: Boise State 3-2, 2-0 MW; Fresno State 1-3, 0-0 MW

Series: Boise State leads all-time series 16-7, including a 40-14 win last season in Fresno, California.

Vegas line: Boise State by 6.5

Weather: High of 80 degrees, 0% chance of rain, 7 mph wind

TICKETS

Single-game tickets are available for Saturday’s contest. To purchase tickets, stop by the ticket office on the west side of Albertsons Stadium, visit BroncoSports.com/tickets or call 208-426-4737.

HOME GAME COLOR SCHEMES

  • Oct. 8 vs. Fresno State: Blue out

  • Oct. 29 vs. Colorado State: Orange out

  • Nov. 5 vs. BYU: Black out

  • Nov. 25 vs. Utah State: Blue out

For a complete breakdown of the color schemes, click here.

BRONCO WALK

Beginning 2 hours and 40 minutes before kickoff, the Bronco football team will walk from the Student Union Building, along Bronco Lane and through the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza to the Allen Noble Hall of Fame. New this year will be the addition of fireworks to signal the start of the Bronco Walk.

PARKING

When do I gain access to the parking lot on Bronco football game days? On Saturdays, Bronco fans gain access to stadium lots 8 hours prior to game time.

When do I have to be out of my parking space after a Bronco football game? Bronco fans are required to vacate the lot one hour after the game ends. Failure to comply with this could subject you to having your vehicle towed off of campus.

Stueckle Sky Center Patrons: Reserved parking passes are provided in the packet for seats in the Stueckle Sky Center. The majority of parking for patrons is located in the West Lot of Albertsons Stadium with some available in the East Lot and Bronco Circle.

BAA Members: As a BAA member, you may be eligible for parking in reserved lots. Contact the Bronco Athletic Association to learn more about this benefit.

Non-BAA Members: The Lincoln Parking garage on the corner of University Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue will be available again this year. Non-reserved spaces will be available for $85 for the season. Game-day parking will be available for individual sales based on availability.

FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE

Game-day shuttles will run to and from downtown for each home game this season. Before the game, downtown pickups occur every 15 minutes for 2 hours prior to game time at:

  • 8th & Main (Bronco Shop)

  • 8th & Idaho (Diablo & Sons)

  • 6th & Grove (Bardenay)

  • 8th & Broad (Solid)

  • River St. between 12th & Ash (Payette)

  • 6th & Broad (Boise Brewing)

Fans are dropped off on the east side of Albertsons Stadium just off Broadway Avenue. After the game, fans are picked up again on the east side of the stadium and taken back downtown. The shuttle runs for one hour after the game is over. There is an accessible shuttle in rotation during the shuttle service times and it can be requested for pick up at any of six pickup/dropoff locations. To request an accessible shuttle, please tell the driver of any of the shuttles that arrive and they will radio the request over to get the appropriate driver.

FORD FAN ZONE

This free, public space will be open along a section of Bronco Lane between DeChevrieux Field and the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza beginning four hours prior to kickoff of each Bronco home game. The upgraded space will feature: rotating food trucks and concession stands; sports gardens featuring alcohol sales; Bronco Kids Club booth with inflatables; two-hour pregame Bronco Tailgate Show featuring Rick Worthington and Mike Prater on the Hall of Fame Plaza, beginning three hours prior to kickoff; corporate partner booths along Bronco Lane; a front-row seat to the Bronco Walk.

Pregame concert featuring a rotating list of bands, starting three hours prior to kickoff:

  • Oct. 8 vs. Fresno State: Afrosonics

  • Oct. 29 vs. Colorado State: Tylor & The Trainrobbers

  • Nov. 5 vs. BYU: The Naughties

BRONCO ALLEY

Located on the east side of the stadium, Bronco Alley will feature food trucks, extra beverage stands and additional restrooms. Bronco Alley will be open to the east stadium parking lot for two hours, starting four hours prior to kickoff. It will briefly close before reopening to the east concourse once gates are open. The food trucks at Bronco Alley for each game will be:

  • Oct. 8 vs. Fresno State: El Gallo Giro, Fly, Mad Mac

  • Oct. 29 vs. Colorado State: Basilio’s Tacos, Royal, Rusty

  • Nov. 5 vs. BYU: El Gallo Giro, Fly, Mad Mac

  • Nov. 25 vs. Utah State: Basilio’s Tacos, Royal, Rusty

NEW FOR 2022

Western Heating Noise Meter: Get ready to crank up the chaos with microphones throughout the stadium capturing how loud Bronco Nation truly is.

40-Yard Blitz: Positive Pets presents the 40-yard Blitz where one lucky contestant will try to beat Blitz at retrieving a tee.

Blue Chaos Flag: Prior to kickoff of each game a special guest will raise the Blue Chaos flag once Bronco Nation eclipses a set goal on the noise meter. When the flag goes up, you know Bronco Nation is ready for Blue Chaos.

East Stadium Banner Updates: The new banners feature captains Scott Matlock and John Ojukwu. Demitri Washington and George Holani are also featured.