by Andrew Crisp
Thursday, Sept. 20. That's the day billed as one of the busiest yet seen at Boise State University.
The school estimates more than 70,000 people will visit the campus Thursday to attend events at the Morrison Center, Bronco Stadium, and a volleyball match at Bronco Gym — in addition to the tens of thousands of students and professors attending university classes.
Classes begin at their regular times, drawing thousands of commuters to campus by bike or car as early as 7 a.m.
Additionally, two performances of Les Miserables as part of the Broadway in Boise series will take place in the Morrison Center on the west side of campus. The 2,000-seat facility will host 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, with parking restrictions outlined at Boise State's website.
Boise State women's volleyball in the Bronco Gym will get under way at 4 p.m., with access to lots near the Liberal Arts building and Boise State Library beginning at 5:30 p.m., based on availability.
But the event with the biggest numbers will be Boise State football. Tickets for the 37,000-seat Bronco Stadium have nearly sold out for the Thursday game vs. BYU, which begins at 7 p.m. The adjacent parking lot and nearby businesses will be packed to the gills with tailgaters prior to the game.
Ultimately, Boise State is left with only 7,700 parking spaces available for students and Bronco fans, in addition to Les Miz and volleyball attendees. The school asks visitors to "give your car a brake" and take alternative transportation to the campus.
Valet bicycle parking will be provided from 8 a.m. until an hour after the game ends near Christ Chapel on Cesar Chavez Lane.
Grant Street and Euclid Avenue, between Belmont Street and University Drive, will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday through the end of the game. Only residents will be allowed to enter to park.
A whole list of parking options, including downtown lots, meter parking and options for general permit holders, is available at the Boise State website.