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BREAKING: Boise State announces full capacity in ExtraMile Arena for 2021-22 basketball season

Photo by Claire Keener

ExtraMile Arena will return to full capacity for the 2021-22 men’s and women’s basketball seasons, Boise State announced on Oct. 21.

According to Boise State University Policy, facial coverings will be required at all times inside the arena regardless of vaccination status, unless actively consuming food or beverage. Facial shields may be worn but do not replace masks or face coverings.

Last season, no fans were allowed inside the ExtraMile Arena for a majority of home games played. On Feb. 16, 2021, this policy changed when Boise State announced it would be allowing a limited number of spectators

“In accordance with the Fall NCAA Resocialization of Sport guidance, student-athletes actively participating on the court and the head coaches are not required to wear facial coverings,” the press release stated. 

ExtraMile Arena, Boise State University
[Photo of ExtraMile Arena on Boise State campus]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

A 6-foot barrier will be established between the team benches, and all non-Tier 1 individuals. ExtraMile’s courtside seating will be reduced by four total seats. Spectators sitting in sections 3 through 10 will not be permitted to access their seats from the floor level. Fans will be able to access their seats from stairwells inside the lobbies. 

A limited number of sections will be reserved to accommodate fans who prefer socially distanced seating options. Fans will also have the option to request relocation assistance on site. 

Similar to COVID protocols at home football games in Albertsons Stadium, members of the media will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to tip-off. 

Boise State men’s basketball postgame press conferences will be conducted in person following home games. Postgame interview policies for women’s basketball have yet to be announced. 

“Attendance will be limited to credentialed media and working staff and social distancing measures will be in place,” the press release stated. “All attendees, including coaches and student-athletes, will be required to wear facial coverings.”

Alcohol sales will also be available inside ExtraMile Arena this season. Similar to alcohol sales at Boise State home football games, a Drink Responsibly campaign will be promoted on game days. 


Tickets will be managed digitally for the 2021-22 season. Ticket Holders can access their tickets online or through the Boise State Athletics app.

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