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“THE BLUE” – Home to Boise State Football

  • THE BLUE

    Albertsons Stadium, 2015


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

Celebrating its 30th year, aptly touted THE BLUE, the 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 a National Championship team in 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. Closing in on its 30th year as THE BLUE, Boise State holds a home record of 165-36 with only 6 losses since 1999.

You can view the turf by entering through the Allen Noble Hall of Fame in Southwest corner of Albertsons Stadium. Witness the aura of THE BLUE, one of the most visited sites in Idaho, and take a photo from 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.

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.