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2013 Media Releases

August 23, 2013
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
Wayne Mixdorf, City Parking Manager, 402-441-PARK (7225)

Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic

Mayor Chris Beutler welcomes visitors to Lincoln for Husker football games and says Nebraska's Capital City is ready to accommodate fans and game-day traffic. Drivers and pedestrians will notice new and continuing development in the West Haymarket area around Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Mayor invites fans to tour the Arena the day of the Husker home opener August 31. The Arena. will be open from 11 a.m. until the end of the Nebraska-Wyoming game, with the game displayed on the arena's four-sided, high-definition video board.

All streets and most sidewalks in the Haymarket will be open with two exceptions: "P" Street from Canopy to Arena Drive; and southbound 7th Street from "R" to "Q." Parking will be available in the Red1 Garage, 555 "R" St. ($20 on site, $16 online). Limited parking will be available for $20 in the VIP Parking Garage attached to the southwest side of Pinnacle Bank Arena and in the festival space north of the Arena. Fans will be subject to towing if they park on job sites or driving lanes on streets or in unfinished areas.

To beat game day traffic and parking challenges, the City recommends visiting for street construction information, arriving early, celebrating downtown after games and using these City services:

Meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the following fine system is in effect:

Vehicles towed by order of the Police or a Parking Control Officer are subject to a $50 towing fine in addition to the $49.53 required to get a vehicle out of the impoundment lot. The towing fine does not apply to cars towed from private lots.

On football game days, Interstate 80 exits at I-180/Downtown and 27th Street can be very congested, so visitors are encouraged to use other routes into Lincoln:

Other traffic reminders:

Other general reminders:


In addition to its regular routes, StarTran will provide its Big Red Express service on Husker game days starting two hours before kickoff from six locations:

Buses will drop off on and depart from "R" Street between 12th to 14th streets. The cost is $5 each way, and passengers will need exact change. Electronic signs will help direct fans to the Big Red Express locations. Big Red Express season tickets, good for round-trip travel for all home games, are available for $60, a $20 savings, at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 402-476-1234 or visit


The City recommends reserving reduced-price, pre-paid, event parking through the City Web site,, and through Football parking locations and fees are:

Grills are not allowed in City garages. Additional parking is available at the 12th and "Y" lot and the 14th and New Hampshire lot for $10 per vehicle and $20 per RV (game-day purchase only). Grills are allowed at these locations and at the Sun Valley and Charleston lot. RV parking may be purchased online. Fans planning to stay Friday night on City property must purchase their parking online and display the permit in their RV overnight. RV parking is not allowed at the Haymarket Park baseball/softball complex.

The new festival space parking north of the Arena is $65 for vehicles and $150 for RVs and includes a food package. Access to these spaces is through Haymarket Park, and fans can walk to Memorial Stadium over the Bereuter Pedestrian Bridge south of centerfield at Haymarket Park. For more information on the festival space, contact Brooke Bartek,

A number of private lots are available. Rates vary, and some offer season passes. Vehicles blocking drives, parked too close to the intersection, parked on public right of way or interfering with vehicle or pedestrian traffic will be towed.

UNL parking lots will be available for use six hours prior to kick off. Game-day parking information and maps are available at Parking also is available at the following University areas for $15:

Wheelchair accessible parking is available for $15 per vehicle at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Holdrege. Handicapped parking is available at:

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