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2015 Media Releases


Date:
August 28, 2015
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Shane Dostal, Public Works and Utilities, 402-525-7852
Wayne Mixdorf, City Parking Manager, 402-441-PARK(7275)
Capt. Jason Stille, Lincoln Police Department, 402-441-7751

Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic

Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker fans to the Capital City for another exciting season of Nebraska football. The first of the Huskers' seven home games starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5 against BYU.

Construction on the "N" Street protected bike lane continues downtown from Arena Drive to 23rd Street. Fans should expect lane closures on "N" Street, especially between 10th and 18th streets. Parking is prohibited in construction areas at all times.

Those entering Lincoln on southbound I-180/9th Street, are strongly encouraged to use "N" Street and Pinnacle Arena Drive to access the Haymarket, the Haymarket parking garages and Pinnacle Bank Arena. To improve traffic flow, the following changes will be in effect before and after the games:

∙ Two hours before kickoff, southbound 9th Street will be closed starting at the roundabout at 9th Street and Salt Creek Roadway near Memorial Stadium. The street will reopen once vehicles have left the Stadium area after the game.

∙ Salt Creek Roadway will have lane restrictions at 14th Street to better manage traffic congestion.

∙ 16th Street from "X" to "W" streets will be one-way southbound following the game.

Pinnacle Bank Arena will host free watch parties for the first home game and for the games against Wisconsin October 10 and Michigan State November 7. Other special events include the Haymarket Farmers Market every Saturday through October 10 and Railyard entertainment and activities on Fridays and Saturdays. The Cube in the Railyard will show football games all day on Saturdays.

Parking garages available in the West Haymarket area include the following:

Fans are strongly encouraged to use "N" Street and Pinnacle Arena Drive to access the Haymarket garages. Pre-paid parking in these and other City garages can be reserved through parkandgo.org. Rates for the four West Haymarket garages are $20, and the other rates vary by garage. Limited parking will be available for $25 in the VIP Parking Garage attached to the southwest side of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

To beat game day traffic and parking challenges, City officials recommend visiting lincoln.ne.gov for maps and street construction information, arriving early, celebrating downtown after games and using these City services:

(More information on the Big Red Express and parking follows this release.)

Other downtown streets and sidewalks will be closed due to other projects and events:

Fans will be subject to towing if they park on job sites or driving lanes on streets or in unfinished areas.

Parking meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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:

BIG RED EXPRESS

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 last bus will leave the lot 45 minutes prior to kickoff. 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 $50, 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 startran.lincoln.ne.gov.

PARKING

The City recommends reserving reduced-price, pre-paid, event parking through lincoln.ne.gov, and through parkandgo.org. Football parking locations and fees are:

Grills are not allowed in City garages. Grills are allowed at the 14th and New Hampshire lot and at the Sun Valley and Charleston lot. 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 festival space parking north of the Arena is available for tailgating at $40 for vehicles and $175 for RVs day of game. A season tailgating pass is $300 for vehicles and $1,100 for RVs. Fans can walk to Memorial Stadium over the Bereuter Pedestrian Bridge south of centerfield at Haymarket Park. Fans can use the pedestrian bridge from the festival space to the Arena for access to the West Haymarket. For more information on the festival space, contact Nikki Devor, at 402-904-5695, or ndevor@smglincoln.com, bbartek@pinnaclebankarena.com .

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.unl.edu/ (keyword: football). Parking is available at the following University areas on game day:

Wheelchair accessible parking is available for $20 per vehicle at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Salt Creek Roadway. Handicapped parking is available at:

∙ 17th and "R" garage - $20 with bus service to East and West Stadium


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