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Austin Jones, center right, cheers with other fans Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

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BOISE – A proposed policy allowing the pregame sale of alcohol at designated event areas for ticketholders at Boise State, University of Idaho and Idaho State football games passed its first reading in front of Idaho’s State Board of Education on Thursday, according to spokesperson Blake Youde.

The policy needs to pass another reading in October before being finalized.

But, in essence, the policy is halfway toward becoming reality. “That’s a good way to put it,” Youde said.

Boise State sold alcohol at a pregame function in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex during the 2015 season, an event called The Huddle. The State Board rejected the program for 2016. If this policy passes, Boise State would like to bring back The Huddle for the last two regular-season football games, Athletic Director Curt Apsey told KTIK. Boise State lost about $15,000 on its pregame event in 2015 but expected to fare better in future years.

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The policy also would allow institutions to designate tailgating spots for ticketholders within football stadium parking lots. Alcohol would be allowed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in those spots at games, Youde said. The City of Boise already has that policy for the area surrounding Albertsons Stadium for home football games and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The policy also would apply to Boise State and University of Idaho basketball games.

If the policy passes its second reading in October, the institutions would need to submit plans.

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