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BREAKING: Boise State plans to host fans at ExtraMile Arena

Graphic by Jordan Barno

Grab your tickets and masks because ExtraMile Arena will be hosting fans as the Boise State men’s basketball team takes on the Utah State Aggies in a two-game series on Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Boise State Athletics announced in a press release that a limited number of physically-distanced fans will be allowed inside ExtraMile Arena starting with men’s basketball. 

Approximately 900 fans will be accommodated during Wednesday and Friday’s games. The plan has been reviewed by Central District Health.

“This is a decision that has been vetted by health experts, and one we are comfortable making,” said Athletic Director Jeramiah Dickey. “As we have evaluated every possible opportunity, the health and safety of our student-athletes has been our top priority, and it always will be. Knowing we can provide both a safe environment while playing in front of Bronco Nation makes this an opportunity I know our student-athletes will be excited for.”

Tickets for each game will range from $30-$40 and be sold first to Bronco Athletic Association and basketball season ticket holders. Any leftover tickets will be sold to the public.

Bronco Nation has not been forgotten. An additional 200 tickets have been set aside for Boise State students on a first-come first-serve basis. Students will be seated in pods of two.

Boise State staff and student-athletes will continue to be tested ahead of the games, while fans will have to clear a temperature and health screening prior to entry. 

Masks will be required for fans to wear at all times and portable hand sanitization stands will be located at each entry point and throughout the arena. 

“This is a team that our fans deserve to see play in person, and our student-athletes deserve the opportunity to play in front of Bronco Nation,” said Head Coach Leon Rice. “I’m grateful for this opportunity, and I’m appreciative that our health and wellness team has put together a plan that allows us to play in a safe environment.”

Boise State is also evaluating a plan for other athletic events to begin hosting fans.

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