Council okays BPD's proposed "10 to 10 Zone" for BSU tailgating
The Boise City Council has approved a one-year pilot project proposed by the Boise Police Department that will allow fans to responsibly include alcohol in off-campus tailgates as they celebrate the BSU Broncos.
“A lot of fans have told us they would appreciate being able to legally include alcohol in their tailgates. That's why the ‘10 to 10 Zone’ was created," said Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson. "Should problems arise, typically thirty to forty officers are working the stadium area and would be available to respond quickly. But we think most fans will appreciate the expanded tailgate zone and use it responsibly.”
The ’10 to 10 Zone’ constitutes areas off-campus where people may consume alcoholic beverages, following the rules below, from 10am to 10pm on Boise State University home football game days only.
The zone begins at Broadway Ave and Myrtle St., extends south down Broadway to Beacon, turns west along Beacon, north up Oakland Ave., west on Potter Dr., north again up S. Joyce St., and then west along University Dr. all the way to Capitol Blvd. The boundary extends north along Capitol Blvd. and turns east onto Cesar Chavez Ln, crosses Friendship Bridge north, and leads into Julia Davis Park. In the park, the “10 to 10 Zone” boundary is the area east of Zoo Boise to Broadway St. and any area south of Julia Davis Pond.
The number of tailgate parties surrounding the BSU stadium has grown significantly in recent years as people want to take part in game day festivities. However, tailgate spots on BSU property near the stadium where alcohol is allowed are extremely limited. This has resulted in confusion and frustration from citizens on where they can legally consume alcoholic beverages near the stadium on game days.
“Our measure of effectiveness is not arrests, but more importantly, the absence of crime and a perception by our citizens of feeling safe, being treated fairly and a clear understanding of laws,” Said Chief Michael Masterson.
Many officers say it’s been their experience that many people attending BSU games either don't know where they can drink alcoholic beverages legally or they simply do not have an area to drink other than the stadium itself. Officers have found citizens are confused and frustrated, and in some cases have moved tailgate parties into neighborhoods near the stadium creating noise, litter and other issues with the homeowners.
In enforcing the ordinance during the football season, BPD issues an average of 300 “open container” citations each season. Enforcement of this ordinance consumes a significant amount of officer time which could otherwise be spent on public safety needs such as traffic safety, crowd control and calls for assistance in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium.
The goals of the "10 to 10 Zone”:
- Reduce the number of open container tickets issued within the Boise State University game day tailgating areas given to otherwise law-abiding citizens.
- Reduce the number of problems that occur in the neighborhoods south and east of the stadium.
- Allow police officers to focus law enforcement resources on other, more pressing safety on game days like behavior that threatens safety.
- Will expire June 1, 2014. To be re-evaluated at that time.
RULES FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
- Allowed only in opaque plastic cups within the Zone.
- Glass containers, beer cans, any type of liquor bottle or cups with alcoholic labeling are prohibited.
- Anyone consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years of age.
Boise State's first home football game this season is September 7th at 1:00 p.m. against the Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee - Martin.