City of Lincoln
2011 Media Releases
- August 26, 2011
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
- Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
- Ken Smith, City Parking Manager, 402-441-4617
Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic
Visitors will see traffic improvements and new parking fines
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 will see traffic improvements near Memorial Stadium – two new multi-lane roundabouts at at 10th Street and Salt Creek Roadway.
"We are always looking for ways to improve safety and traffic flow, and those are the two main benefits roundabouts offer over traditional intersections with signals," Mayor Beutler said. "I encourage visitors to visit the City website to learn more about them and how easy they are to navigate." At lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: roundabout), drivers will find written driving instructions, a simulation of traffic flow at the two new roundabouts and a video produced by the Nebraska Department of Roads.
The Mayor encourages fans to plan ahead and use any of the following City programs to help beat game-day traffic and parking challenges:
- Travel to and from games on StarTran's Big Red Express (startran.lincoln.ne.gov).
- Reserve pre-paid event parking at City garages (parkandgo.org).
- Purchase a $9 tag for all-day, on-street parking in metered stalls from any City parking employee wearing a Park & Go shirt at City-operated parking facilities.
The Mayor also encourages fans to enjoy the Capital City by arriving early and lingering downtown after games.
Those traveling downtown need to be aware that parking violations and towing will be more expensive this year. Meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a new fine system will be in effect:
- If the ticket is paid online within seven days from when it is written, the fine is $9.
- If the ticket is paid in person or through the mail within seven days, the fine is $10.
- If the ticket is paid after seven days, the fine is $25 (in person or by mail) or $24 (online).
The City also has implemented a $50 towing fine for vehicles towed by order of the Police or a Parking Control Officer. The fine is charged 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 a private lot.
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:
- From the east, take the Hwy. 6/Cornhusker Hwy. exit (409). Turn south at State Fair Park Drive and west on Salt Creek Roadway to reach Memorial Stadium, the Champion's Club and parking facilities east of the stadium and in the Haymarket.
- From the west, exit I-80 at Homestead Expressway/Hwy. 77 South, then go east on Rosa Parks Way.
- Those using I-80 who plan to park in the Haymarket Park lots will experience less congestion if they enter Lincoln using the airport exit (399).
Contractors will not work on highway or Interstate projects on game days, so I-80 will have at least two lanes open in each direction, and all lanes will be open on highways entering Lincoln.
Other traffic reminders:
- After games, 10th Street is one-way northbound from Military Avenue to Sun Valley Boulevard.
- Stadium Drive west of the stadium will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Passenger drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed in front of the stadium before or after the game. Fans can be dropped off and picked up at 10th and Charleston streets and 12th and "R" streets.
- Only StarTran buses and those using UNL Lot 12 or handicapped parking will be allowed west of 16th St. on Vine.
- Charter buses will park on "W" St. between 14th and 16th streets.
- The taxi stand is at 14th and Vine streets.
- Downtown bike lanes are on 14th Street from "L" to "R" streets and on 11th Street from "Q" to "K" streets.
Other general reminders:
- Alcohol is prohibited on City streets, parking lots, garages and sidewalks including the trail between Haymarket Park and 8th Street.
- The sale of tickets, souvenirs or other items is not allowed on City streets or sidewalks. Officers will issue citations for violations that inhibit the use of the street or sidewalk.
- Lock your vehicle and put valuable items out of sight to prevent theft.
- Backpacks and umbrellas are not allowed in Memorial Stadium.
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 five locations:
- Westfield Gateway, 61st and "O." Buses load north of Penney's.
- North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St. (six blocks east of N. 27th Street and Folkways Blvd.)
- Holmes Lake, 70th and Normal, north end of the lake
- Southeast Community College, 8800 "O" St., parking lot on south side
- SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road, south side of Von Maur
Buses will drop-off and depart from the east side of the stadium. The cost is $4 each way for adults and $1 each way for children age 12 and under, 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 $40 at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; Scheels at SouthPointe Pavilions; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 402-476-1234 or visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov.
The City recommends reserving reduced-price, pre-paid, event parking through the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov, and through parkandgo.org. Football parking locations and fees are:
- City-County, 10th and "K" streets - $10 on site and online
- South City-County, 701 S. 10th St. and West City-County, 802 "J" St. - $5 on site and online
- Carriage Park, 1120 "L" St. and Cornhusker Square, 1220 "L" St., and Center Park, 1100 "N" St. - $15 on site, $11 online
- Haymarket, 9th and "Q" streets; Iron Horse, 7th and "Q" streets; Market Place, 10th and "Q" streets; Que Place, 1111 "Q" St.; Lumberworks, 711 "O" St.; Lincoln Station South, 7th and "P" streets; and University Square, 101 N. 14th St. - $18 on site, $14 online
- Sun Valley and Charleston St. (near Oak Lake Park) vehicle parking - $5 on site and online
Grills are not allowed in City garages. RV parking is available at Sun Valley and Charleston for $10, and at the North Bottoms lot, 14th and New Hampshire, for $20. Grills are allowed at these locations.
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 and 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 http://parking.unl.edu/ (keyword: football). Parking also is available at the following University areas for $15:
- 17th and "R" garage
- 14th and "R" streets
- 19th and Vine Street garage
- 1150 N. 14th St.
- 15th and Vine streets
- 1410 "Q" St.
- Harper Schramm Smith Food Service, 14th and "Y" streets
- 16th and "X" streets
- 1700 "Y" St.
- Anderson Hall, 16th St. between "P" and "Q" streets
- 18th and "R" streets
- Beadle Center, 19th St. north of "S" St.
- 1820 "R" St.
- 900 North 22nd St.
- Business Services Complex, 17th St. north of "Y" St.
- 22nd and Vine streets
- 23rd and "W" streets
- 14th and Court streets
- 16th and Court streets
- North Antelope Valley Roadway and Military Avenue
Wheelchair accessible parking is available at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Holdrege, for $15 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available at:
- Mabel Lee Hall (vans only) - $15
- 14th and Avery garage - $15, with free cart shuttle
- 14th and "U" streets, east of Morrill Hall - $15
- 14th St. between Vine and "W" streets, free on-street parking where available
- 17th and "R" garage - $15 with bus service