BOISE, Idaho Boise State University unveiled its season ticket plan for the 2009 football season on Thursday (March 5) announcing changes that will increase memberships in the Bronco Athletic Association (BAA).

                Individual season tickets in 2009 will increase and range from $215.00 to $387.00, representing seven distinct levels.  Included in the new season ticket cost is an additional seventh home game.  Last year Boise State played only six games at Bronco Stadium.

                “We are coming off our third undefeated regular season in the past five years and our fans were a major contributor to that success,” Boise State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier said.  “We sold a record number of season tickets last year and experienced growth in BAA memberships.  Despite the hard economic times facing all of us, including the athletic department at Boise State, we are asking our fans to help again and make 2009 another championship season.”

Membership in the BAA enables Bronco fans to receive priority seating for football and/or mens basketball season tickets.  The funds raised through the BAA helps pay for 220 full scholarships enhancing opportunities for Bronco student-athletes in all sports. 

                Priority seating is expanding at Bronco Stadium this fall in sections five (5), 25, 26, 105, 111, 125 and 126.

                Since joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2001, the cost of an athletic scholarship at Boise State has doubled to $14,500.  Figure in the addition of two new sports (women’s swimming & diving and softball), the annual cost for scholarships has risen from $1.85 million to $3.84 million.

                In 2008-09, the BAA raised $2.5 million to help offset $3.4 million in scholarships.  The difference of $900,000 came from other athletic revenue sources.

                “The goal of the BAA has always been to fully fund scholarships for our student-athletes,” Bleymaier stated.  We have a ways to go to make that happen, especially with scholarship costs increasing by $325,000 next year.  A major key to our continued success on and off the playing field is the growth of the BAA and funding of our athletic scholarships.”

                Donation requirements to the BAA range from $140.00 to $925.00, depending on seat location. 

                Because Bronco Stadium currently seats only 32,000 fans, Boise State is restricted to how much revenue it can generate in gate receipts and BAA memberships.  This past year Boise State ranked 70th in the country for total attendance.  Boise State has the smallest stadium of any top 25 school, where the average stadium holds 66,000 spectators.

                The athletic department will also implement cutbacks to help with the rising costs of maintaining a top 25 football program.  Cutbacks may include layoffs, furloughs, hiring freezes and travel restrictions.  Every area of the department will be impacted.

                Boise State opens its 2009 schedule with one of the top early season matchups in college football. 

The Broncos, who ended the 2008 season ranked 11th, will host the University of Oregon at Bronco Stadium to open the 2009 season.  Boise State handed Oregon, which was ranked just ahead of the Broncos at No. 10 in the final 2008 Associated Press poll, a 37-32 loss in Eugene last year.

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