Boise City Council did its third and final reading of Ordinance-24-13 on Tuesday, August 13. The ordinance proposes that open containers of alcohol will be permitted in designated areas of Boise State campus for tailgaters. The ordinance is informally known as the “10 to 10 Zone.”
The “10 to 10 Zone” was proposed by Boise Police Department (BPD) to help with the mass amount of tailgaters who want to drink during Boise State football games.
Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson commented in a press release that there is a large demand for a change in tailgating.
“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,” Masterson said.
BPD said the goals of the “Zone” are to:
-Reduce the amount of open container tickets that are issued on Boise State campus during football games.
-Reduce the number of problems that present themselves in the neighboring areas of Boise State.
-Allow the department to focus on other safety concerns that may occur on game days.
BPD recognizes that there will be a decrease in funds generated by the fines written on game days. In documents released by Boise City Council, it is estimated that lost fine revenue could be as high as $6,750 /year, but BPD does not think it will be
Officers noted that many tailgaters are confused about where they can legally consume alcohol. This has lead to many tailgating parties being relocated to nearby neighbors, bringing with them loud noises and sometimes disruptive behavior.
The rules regarding the ordinance are as follows:
-Alcohol will only be allowed in opaque plastic cups within the Zone.
-Any alcohol in 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.
Masterson also stated BPD will be readily available should there be trouble during a football game.
“Should problems arise, typically 30–40 officers are working the stadium area and would be available to respond quickly,” Masterson said. “But we think most fans will appreciate the expanded tailgate zone and use it responsibly.”
The “10-to-10 Zone” includes an area north of the stadium, and the eastern half of Julia Davis Park that begins at Zoo Boise and runs east to Broadway Avenue.
BPD wants to remind citizens that open containers of alcohol are still prohibited on the Boise River.
The “10-to-10 Zone” should be in effect by the first Boise State home game on September 7 against the University of Tennessee.