BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Athletics is offering two tickets to Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Wyoming (Jan. 26; 2 p.m.) and two tickets to next week’s women’s basketball game against Colorado State (Jan. 30; 7 p.m.) at no cost to furloughed federal employees, Director of Athletics Curt Apsey announced Wednesday.
Included with the tickets will be a pass for free parking for the men’s game on Saturday. Parking for the women’s game is free for all attendees.
Also included will be food vouchers from Aramark for each guest for each game.
To pick up the tickets, furloughed federal employees can show their federal identification at the Athletic Ticket Office located on the west side of Albertsons Stadium. The ticket office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
In order to avoid lines for each game, and in order to assure access to free parking, it is suggested that individuals pick up tickets prior to game day.
The defending Mountain West regular-season and tournament champions host 15 regular-season contests and one exhibition at Taco Bell Arena in 2018-19, highlighted by a Nov. 19 NCAA Tournament rematch with 2018 Final Four participant Louisville. The Broncos and Cardinals met in last year's NCAA Tournament First Round, with Louisville capturing the 74-42 victory on March 16.
This year's home slate begins Thursday, Nov. 8, with 2018 NCAA Tournament participant and Big West champion Cal State Northridge coming to Taco Bell Arena for a 5 p.m. tip. In addition to the Matadors and Louisville, the home campaign includes non-conference visits from Eastern Washington and Southern Utah from the Big Sky.
The nine-game Mountain West home slate tips off Wednesday, Jan. 2, with a rematch of last year's thrilling regular-season finale against Wyoming. Last March 2, the Broncos and Cowgirls faced off in Laramie in a winner-take-all contest for the Mountain West regular-season title and the top seed at the Mountain West Tournament. Boise State, thanks to a then-career-high 24 points from Braydey Hodgins, overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to capture the 67-63 win.
Other key Mountain West contests at Taco Bell Arena this season include a rematch of the Mountain West Tournament title game with Nevada (Feb. 2, 2 p.m.), a weeknight battle against perennial conference power Colorado State (Jan. 30, 7 p.m.), and a Senior Week final homestand that features meetings with UNLV (March 2, 2 p.m.) and New Mexico (March 4, 7 p.m.).
This season, the Broncos return four starters from a team that went 23-10 overall, 14-4 in Mountain West play, and made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years last season. Among the Bronco returners are junior guard Riley Lupfer, an All-Mountain West Team selection and the Mountain West Tournament MVP, who set the Boise State and Mountain West single-season records with 122 3-pointers made last season. Lupfer also led the Broncos with 16.2 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from 3-point range, and 92.7 percent from the line. She's joined by fellow All-Mountain West selection Marta Hermida, a senior guard who averaged 10.8 points per game and led the Broncos in assists (155) and was second in steals (35) in 2017-18.