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Guest Information


Parking is free all day Saturday, December 17. This includes all general and reserved parking lots, pay lots and parking garages on campus. Shuttles will run between the Lincoln and Brady Garages and ExtraMile Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no shuttle service from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.).

Student drop off: Bronco Lane accessed through University Dr. will be open for student drop off prior to the ceremony.

Accessible parking: West Stadium parking lot, located between ExtraMile Arena and Albertsons Stadium, will be reserved for accessible parking for patrons and their families. Accessible parking is also available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage.

Elevators are located in the lobby of entrances 1 or 2 of the ExtraMile Arena. Guests who are unable to walk a long distance may be dropped off in front of the Arena.

Click for interactive parking map

Guest seating

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a split group they can enter from different entrances and sit wherever they like. For the morning ceremony doors open at 9 a.m. For the afternoon ceremony doors open at 2 p.m.

Special accommodations

Seating for guests with accessible needs and guests in wheelchairs is available.

Spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and/or chairs required for accessible seating needs are limited and located on all three seating levels.

For this event, the top row of seats in the parquet level will be signed/reserved for guests with accessible seating needs; available on a first-come/first-served basis. Please be mindful when choosing a seat. If you or a member of your party sit in this top row but don’t have an accessible seating need, please be advised that you may be relocated.

Elevators are located in the lobby of entrances 1 or 2 of the ExtraMile Arena. Guests who are unable to walk a long distance may be dropped off in front of the Arena.

Guest Services staff wheelchair escorts are available at any entry point for transportation to and from seating areas. As it is important that Arena wheelchairs remain available to escort all guests that request this assistance, please work with staff if help in finding a seat for the duration of the event is necessary.

Assistive Listening Devices are available in each lobby for guests who need access to this service. Upon entry, ask a Guest Service staff member for a device. Headsets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be prepared to leave a driver’s license or other photo ID to check out the headset. Your ID will be given back when the unit is returned.

For graduates, please notify the commencement committee at (208) 426-2947 or at least two weeks prior to the ceremony. Special arrangements will be made for all activities associated with commencement.

Bag policy

Bags and/or purses bigger than 11″ x 17″ are not permitted. Backpacks, regardless of size, are not allowed. Exceptions may be made (but are not guaranteed) for bags necessary for medical or children’s needs.

Permitted and Prohibited Items

ExtraMile Arena Permitted Items

Other Permitted items:

  • Professional cameras (defined as cameras with detachable lenses) are permitted. Bipods and tripods are NOT allowed
  • Empty HydroFlasks and similar styles of water bottles are permitted
  • Unwrapped gifts and flowers are allowed into the venue. Glass items/flower vases will be allowed in but must be checked and held in the lobby for pickup after the event


For your safety, all guests entering the Arena are subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection and/or bag inspection conducted by Arena security personnel. Refusal to agree to the search may result in non-admittance. Prohibited items include anything that can be deemed a threat to public safety regardless of permit. In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, guests may either return the item to their vehicle or the item will be confiscated. Confiscated items will be disposed of and not returned.

In order to keep guests safe and reduce unnecessary touchpoints, the following items are prohibited:

  • Weapons of any kind or items that could be used as a weapon (Leatherman, knives, brass knuckles, metal chains, sharp metal objects, pepper sprays, bullets, etc.)
  • Bags larger than 11 x 17 and backpacks of any size
  • Fireworks / Pyrotechnics of any kind
  • Laser pointers, glow sticks, or flashbulbs
  • iPads, Google Glass, Selfie-sticks, Laptops, Drones
  • Outside food & beverage (cans, bottles, coolers, alcohol, etc.)
  • Artificial noise-makers (such as air horns, cowbells, etc.)
  • Wrapped packages
  • Objects that can be used as projectiles
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, signs, banners, etc.
  • Animals (Exception: recognized service animals under titles II and III of the ADA)
  • Unauthorized chemicals
  • Beach Balls, Skateboards, roller blades, roller shoes
  • Any and all items/controlled substances that are illegal at the city, county, State, and/or Federal level or deemed suspicious due to quantity or uniqueness
  • Any other item deemed by security to be inappropriate for the event or a threat to public safety
  • *These items will not be checked or allowed into the building so please leave them home or in your car.