Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee: these are all storied programs with the tradition of enticing fans with a pregame walk to the stadium.
Now Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin hopes to add the Broncos to the list with his own Bronco Walk, set to debut this Saturday against Colorado State.
“We want to make it fun,” Harsin said. “We also want to make it where our players and our fans interact before the game. That helps our players out.”
At 5:40 p.m., roughly two and a half hours before Boise State kicks off against the Rams, the players and coaching staff will take the 15 minute walk down University Dr. and around the east side of Albertsons Stadium.
Once the team arrives at the Bleymeier Football Center, eight to ten fans will be brought inside with the team for a brief tour and a viewing of this years’ hype video. The fans will be randomly selected.
Harsin hopes to have as many fans as possible in front of the Bleymeier Center, where the ASBSU student tailgate has been relocated for this year.
ASBSU president Bryan Vlok hopes the Bronco Walk will help ASBSU’s and The Corral’s “Come Early, Be Loud, Stay Late” campaign.
“We’re hoping to draw more students to the game,” Vlok told The Arbiter. “I think that it’s an awesome opportunity for the students to have some sort of interaction with the players and the coaches.”
With the recent decrease in ticket sales and student involvement at football games, Harsin hopes increased interaction with the fans can begin to turn things back around.
“We expect to have a packed house against Colorado State and for it to be loud and be difficult,” Harsin said. “Our guys are excited about that. They’re excited to be home and playing on The Blue.”
Boise State enters the game at risk of starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2005. The Broncos will hope to get a head start in the MW race and give Harsin his first win as the Boise State head coach.
Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m.