PARADE, ?STATEHOUSE SALUTE? HIGHLIGHT SATURDAY?S EVENTS HONORING TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL CHAMPIONS
Bronco football fans throughout the Treasure Valley will have an opportunity to honor the fifth-ranked and undefeated Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champs Saturday afternoon with a parade and “Statehouse Salute” on the steps of the Capitol. The festivities will continue into the late afternoon and evening in conjunction with the Hawaii-Boise State men’s basketball game in Taco Bell Arena with a pregame autograph session with the members of the football team, a ceremony honoring the Broncos at halftime of the basketball game, and a postgame “photo opportunity” where fans attending the game will be able to take their pictures with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy.
Parade for Bronco Players and Coaches
The parade will begin at 3 p.m. It will include Boise State’s ROTC honor guard, the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, the Maneline Dancers, the Boise State Spirit Squad, and the 2006 Boise State football team’s coaches and players. Because of the cold weather and the day’s other scheduled activities, the parade route will be short less than one mile starting on the Boise State campus at the corner of Diploma and Capitol Boulevard, traveling north on Capitol Boulevard directly to the Statehouse.
No parking will be allowed on Capitol Boulevard along the parade route or on
Jefferson from Sixth Street to Eighth Street. No vendors will be allowed inside the crowd line along the parade route. Starting at 1:30 p.m. free parking for paradegoers will be available on the Boise State campus on a first-come, first-served basis in the Towers parking lot and the Brady Parking Structure. Downtown parking garages and surface lots will be open and accessible to the public under normal operations.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Boise Police Department will take the following steps until the parade has completed its route:
“Statehouse Salute” on Capitol Steps
The parade will end at the state Capitol for the Statehouse Salute, where coach Chris Petersen and his team will be honored by university, local and state officials and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy will be publicly displayed in Boise for the first time. Gene Bleymaier, Boise State athletic director, will serve as emcee. Scheduled speakers include Gov. Butch Otter, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Boise State President Bob Kustra, a representative for the players, and Karl Benson, the commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. The event will include an official trophy presentation by Tostitos Fiesta Bowl representatives.
Capitol Boulevard north of Idaho Street and Bannock and Jefferson from Sixth Street to Eight Street will remain closed during the Statehouse Salute. Those streets are expected to reopen to traffic at around 4:45 p.m.
Pregame Autograph Session
From 5-6:30 p.m. a pregame autograph session featuring the members of the Bronco football team will be held at Boise State’s Caven-Williams Sports Complex. To expedite the session and allow as many autographs to be signed as possible in a limited amount of time, autograph-seekers will be allowed no more than two items each for players to sign. Fans are also reminded that the Caven-Williams Sports Complex will hold no more than 3,500 people at one time, and standing in line inside our outside the indoor practice facility does not guarantee access to the players who are signing autographs. To ensure the football players’ attendance at the basketball game, they will leave Caven-Williams no later than 6:30 p.m., and autograph-seekers should plan accordingly.
The following parking arrangements will be in effect for both the pregame autograph session and the basketball game:
Boise State Parking and Transportation Services expects heavy traffic on the campus for these events, and motorists are encouraged to arrive early and provide themselves with plenty of time to park.
Tickets to the Hawaii-Boise State basketball are $4 per person, and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free. The game starts at 7 p.m. The halftime ceremony honoring Petersen and his players and fellow coaches will include a video replay of the three “trick plays” in the Broncos’ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma, an unveiling of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy, and brief remarks from President Kustra and Petersen.
Postgame Photo Opportunity
Fans attending the game will have the opportunity for a close look at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy. The trophy will be on display in Taco Bell Arena’s Auxiliary Gym after the game, and fans will have the opportunity to bring the cameras and take photographs of themselves with the Broncos’ championship hardware.
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