IU Athletics Reminds Football Fans of Gameday Traffic Challenges
Aug. 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Roadway construction on many Bloomington thoroughfares and the IN 45/46 Bypass will continue throughout the 2012 football season. Delays due to construction are expected on football gamedays and IU Athletics encourages all football fans to arrive early and carefully plan routes to Memorial Stadium.
IU Athletics has continued to work closely with the local law enforcement, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and its contractors to limit traffic congestion and develop alternative routes on football game days as much as possible. Fans can utilize one of four alternative routes to Memorial Stadium to avoid some anticipated traffic congestion. (View the 2012 Alternative Route Map to Memorial Stadium.) The pre-game and post-game traffic patterns on roadways surrounding Memorial Stadium have not been modified from last season, but fans are also encouraged to spend some time reviewing the patterns prior to the first game on September 1st against Indiana State. (View the Pre-game and Post-game Traffic Pattern Maps.)
"Because of progress made on IN 465 and the IN 45/46 Bypass, we're pleased that fans from Indianapolis and further north will have an easier time getting to Bloomington this year," said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. "However, work remains on the east side of the 45/46 Bypass and there are many current construction projects within Bloomington that will make getting to the Stadium particularly challenging this year." (View map of current Bloomington Road Closings.)
"Once again this year, we cannot stress enough how important it is for fans to plan their route carefully and arrive early," added Glass. "Avoid prolonged traffic delays by spending your day in Bloomington and enjoying your pregame tailgate with us at Memorial Stadium. We've made changes in the past few years to give fans the opportunity to enjoy many pregame activities and we're looking forward to some great crowds this year."
Memorial Stadium parking lots will open a minimum of five hours prior to kickoff. The IU Alumni Association's Hoosier Village, where fans can enjoy food, beverage, music, and fellowship will open three hours before kickoff. For the comfort of early arriving fans, IU Athletics also provides 140 port-o-lets in the lots surrounding Memorial Stadium.
"The Walk" will take place two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. Fans are encouraged to line up between Assembly Hall and the east side of Memorial Stadium to cheer the players on their entrance into Memorial Stadium.
Stadium entrances will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Children can play in the Kid Zone and Knothole Park also starting 90 minutes before the start of the game. Bloomington residents not attending IU games are encouraged to avoid roadways surrounding Memorial Stadium not only to help with football traffic, but also to avoid creating traffic delays for themselves.
Fans are also advised that post-game traffic is anticipated to be at least as big a challenge as pregame traffic. Please be patient and anticipate delays. Fans are encouraged to take their time when exiting the stadium and to follow instructions from local law enforcement when leaving the stadium, which may include directing postgame traffic away from normal exit routes.
To help offset confusion and avoidable traffic delays, IU Athletics will send email messages providing detailed traffic information to ticket holders prior to each home game. For up-to-date information on football game-day traffic and parking options, go to IUHoosiers.com, or get traffic updates on Twitter @IUBPublicSafety.
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