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“THE BLUE” – Home to Boise State Football

  • The First Field

    The first football field of Boise Junior College, 1940's

  • The Famous Blue turf of Boise State

    The First Blue Turf, installed prior to 1986 season

  • The Famous Blue turf of Boise State

    Second Version of The Blue, installed in 1995

  • The Famous Blue turf of Boise State

    Third version of The Blue, circa 2006

  • Aerial view of the blue Boise State football field
    The Famous Blue turf of Boise State

    Albertsons Stadium and current Blue Turf


Allen Noble Hall of Fame
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1020
208-426-3556

Concluding the celebration of its 30th year, THE BLUE, the common nickname of Lyle Smith field, can be viewed by entering The Allen Noble Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is not only home to the history of Boise State’s successful athletes and teams, it is the one public entrance to view the home of Boise State football and the famous blue turf.*

30 Years of Blue text image

Boise State Football has a long history of success starting with the Junior College days and the National Championship team of 1958, coached by the father of Bronco Football, Lyle Smith. Now named Lyle Smith Field in Albertsons Stadium, the turf field was actually the typical, non-interesting green before getting its proud moniker after the 1985 season. Installed in the summer of 1986, THE BLUE was the idea of Athletic Director Gene Bleymaeir and was the first non-green artificial football field in the country. What outsiders initially considered a gimmick, calling it “Smurf Turf’ after the popular, amiable and blue cartoon characters, THE BLUE soon became nationally associated with Boise State as a symbol for the football program’s blue-collar work ethic. Opponents don’t find it so friendly. With the closing of the 2016 season, marking the 30th year as THE BLUE, Boise State football holds a home record of 171-36 in that time span.  Only losing six times since 1999.

You can view the turf by entering through the Allen Noble Hall of Fame in Southwest corner of Albertsons Stadium. Visit THE BLUE, one of the most visited sites in Idaho, and take a photo from the view of our Hall of Fame patio, one of the most popular selfie spots in the state, while learning more about the history of Boise State Athletics.*

Metered Parking available in the west lot in front of the Bronco Shop. For questions or more information on availability, please contact the Hall of Fame at (208) 426-3556 or email baa@boisestate.edu.

Open
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm*
Closed
Weekends, Holidays, and Special Events*

*Hall of Fame will be closed on football game days, during football practice hours and other university functions and events or as deemed necessary by facility operations staff.