Mayor Chris Beutler today welcomed basketball fans to Lincoln for the State High School Basketball Tournaments the next two weekends. The girls tournament is February 28 through March 2, and the boys tournament is March 7 through 9.
"There's never been a better time to visit Lincoln, with so many new hotels, restaurants and shops," said Mayor Beutler. "The Capital City prides itself on being a great host, and these kinds of events are very important to our community. Paid attendance at the tournaments last year was about 54,000 for the girls tourney and more than 93,000 for the boys. The UNL Bureau of Business Research estimates that the tournaments have an average economic impact of about $5.3 million a year to our City."
To help fans with traffic and parking, the City of Lincoln is offering $3 all-day event parking for the tournaments. The special rate is available Thursdays and Fridays at these facilities:
Pershing Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau also are offering a free shuttle bus to and from Pershing. The shuttle will operate every 10 minutes and will load and unload passengers on the east/9th Street side of the Haymarket Garage only.
First Hour Free parking applies in the City's facilities marked with "Park and Go" signage:
The three City garages offering the $3 all-day event parking rate will also offer the "First Hour Free" option for those not attending the tournament.
Fans are urged to avoid parking in private lots east of Pershing. Drivers should look for notices in private lots to avoid the expense and inconvenience of having a vehicle towed.
After 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, $5 event parking also will be available near Pershing Center in the State Parking Garage, 1501 "M" St., and the Federal Parking Garage, 100 S. Centennial Mall. No overnight parking is allowed in these facilities.
For more information on downtown parking, call City Parking Services at 402-441-PARK (7275) or visit parkandgo.org. Visitors can contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 402-434-5348, check the website at lincoln.org or stop by the Visitor Center at 7th and "P" streets.