Looking for a new home in Boise? Voted the #1 Overall Town in Western U.S. by Outside Magazine, Boise, Idaho is known for beautiful native landscapes and a healthy outdoor lifestyle. It is also home to several major corporations and beckons the creative entrepreneur. For those who feared that something must be missing- fear not. Boise also sports competitive and nationally recognized college athletic teams.
With exciting home games every couple of weeks throughout the Fall, the Boise State Broncos are a winning hometown college football team. Under the leadership of Coach Chris Peterson, the Broncos have scored many notable victories, including a win against rival T.C.U. in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. In 2011, Athlon Sports named the Boise Broncos No. 5 in the pre-season rankings. Dave Wilcox, who played for Boise State from 1960-1962 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and college football phenom Randy Trautman, who played with the Broncos from 1978-1981, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
After many successful years in the Western Athletic Conference, the Boise State Broncos have accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference beginning in July 2011. Neighbor against neighbor, alumnis from Boise State and the University of Idaho have enjoyed years of friendly football rivalry. The nature of the competition may change, though, with the Broncos move to the Mountain West Conference. There are no games pitting the Broncos against the University of Idaho for the upcoming season.
Bronco Stadium is reputed to be one of the most difficult stadiums in the country for opposing teams to play. With a fantastic track record for home games, the Broncos never lost a home conference game during the 10 years that they played in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bronco Stadium's Lyle Smith field is the only playing surface in the Football Bowl Subdivision to sport a blue playing surface rather than the traditional green, earning it the nickname "The Smurf Turf" among Broncos fans.
The die-hard college football fan can make a day of it, starting with tailgating parties hours before touchdown. The Boise State Alumni Association hosts an annual Homecoming Bronco Bash Tailgate. Details about future events can be found on the Boise State Alumni website. Boise State offers Orange Out Tailgate packages through www.broncosports.com, and the website offers a additional information about tickets, facilities and game schedules.
As the Broncos have gained national recognition as a college football team, the tailgating parties have gotten bigger and season tickets are harder to find- but not impossible! So rest assured, if you are looking for a Boise home- and a new home team- you can count on the Boise State Broncos to energize the community and provide entertainment season after season.