The Boise State Athletic Department recently began offering discounted tickets to various future home football games – Southern Miss (Sept. 28), Wyoming (Nov. 16) and New Mexico (Nov. 30) – because of lackluster attendance. Now the student section is beginning to thin out, as well.
Students are allotted 5,000 tickets to each home football game. The Athletic Department released 500 tickets in Section 120 at a substantial discount for reserved seating.
In an interview with the Arbiter’s own Nate Lowery, associate athletic director for development David Kinard attributed the low turnout to home games to the high price. Full-time students, however, are offered free tickets to each home game.
“We were hearing about fans not being able to afford to see the Broncos play,” Kinard said.
Struggling attendance can also be blamed on Boise State’s less-than-attractive home schedule, which features winless Southern Miss (0-3) on Sept. 28. The Golden Eagles haven’t won a game since the 2011 season. Boise State hasn’t hosted a Top 25 team on the Blue Turf since Sept. 25, 2010 when No. 24 Oregon State visited.