BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University will conclude its 2010 spring football practice this Saturday (April 17) with its annual Blue-Orange Game and Fan Fest.
The defending Western Athletic Conference and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Championships began their off-season practice sessions back on March 8. Since then they have practice three times a week (with the exception of spring break - March 29-April 2) on the blue field of Bronco Stadium or in the Caven-Williams Indoor Complex.
On Saturday the team will begin stretching and individual work at 3:00 p.m. before starting the spring game at approximately 3:40 p.m.
This year head coach Chris Petersen will be divided up the Broncos between offense (blue jerseys) and defense (white jerseys) with a scoring system for both sides.
The offense will score points with a touchdown (6 points), field goal (3), two-point conversion (2) or PAT (1). The defense will be able to score points if they score a touchdown (6 points), a turnover (4 points unless they score touchdown), stopping the offense from making a first down on fourth down (4), a quarterback sack (2) or holding the offense to just three plays and out to start a drive (1).
On a turnover, field position will flip and the offense has to go the opposite way.
Eight minute quarters will be used for the game, with an eight-minute halftime.
Gates to Bronco Stadium and the Stueckle Sky Center will open at 2:00 p.m. Seating outside the Stueckle Sky Center will only be on the west side in the upper and lower decks. All seating is general admission and individual tickets are $7.00. 2009 Bronco season ticket holders already have tickets to the game as part last year's season ticket package. The stadium ticket office will open at Noon.
Parking opens at 11:00 a.m. and is free of charge. The west side of the stadium lot will be for ticket holders in the Stueckle Sky Center. The east stadium lot, and the other lots located south of Bronco Stadium across University Drive, are open to the public.
Along with the game, a football fan fest will begin at Noon in the north grass field at Bronco Stadium. Fans are encouraged to come early to the game and enjoy music, kids games, giveaways, skills events, meet Bronco players and take pictures with last year's Fiesta Bowl trophy. A food court will also be setup in the Fan Fest area, which will remain open until kickoff.
Starting at 1:00 p.m. kids 12 and under will be allowed on the blue field for one hour to participate in an Optimist Youth Experience. Bronco players and coaches will be on the field in stations interacting with kids and showing off some of the drills Boise State uses in practice.
Boise State will open its 2010 schedule on Sept. 6 (Monday) against Virginia Tech in an ESPN nationally televised game from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.