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Traffic, parking and other guidelines for the U. of I. football season

Jeff Unger, 217-333-1085

8/31/2006

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Traffic and other guidelines for the upcoming University of Illinois football season:

Kirby Avenue will be closed between First Street and Fourth Street in Champaign at 6 a.m. on game days. Peabody Drive between First and Fourth streets in Champaign also will be closed at that time. Both streets will remain closed until about one hour after the games ends.

First Street between Gregory Drive and Kirby Avenue in Champaign will become one way southbound 90 minutes prior to each game. Only vehicles with parking passes will be allowed to enter that part of the street. The same part will be converted to one way northbound for about an hour after each game.

Stadium Drive between Oak and First streets in Champaign will be one way eastbound 90 minutes before each game. Only vehicles with parking passes will be allowed to enter. The same portion of Stadium Drive will be one way westbound following the game.

The principal routes to the parking areas for purchase of tickets on game days:

For fans approaching from the east: Exit Interstate 74 at Lincoln Avenue and proceed south on Lincoln Avenue to Florida Avenue or Saint Mary’s Road, then go west to the parking-lot entrances.

For fans approaching from the south: Exit I-57 at Monticello Road, proceed east on Monticello Road to Route 45, then north on Route 45 to Windsor Road. Take Windsor Road east one block and then go north on First Street to the parking-lot entrances.

For fans approaching from the west on I-72: Exit onto University Avenue, then turn south on Mattis Avenue and take Windsor Road east to First Street or Lincoln Avenue. Continue north on First Street or Lincoln Avenue to the parking areas.

Fans approaching from the northwest on I-74 have two alternatives:

Exit south on I-57 to the University Avenue exit, then turn south on Mattis Avenue and take Windsor Road east to First Street or Lincoln Avenue. Continue north on First Street or Lincoln Avenue to the parking areas.

Remain on I-74 and exit south on Lincoln Avenue and proceed south on Lincoln to Florida Avenue or Saint Mary’s Road, then go west to the parking-lot entrances. Lincoln between Nevada Street and Pennsylvania Avenue recently was converted from four lanes to three. One lane is northbound, one southbound, and one is for turns. Expect delays.

For fans approaching from the north on I-57: Exit at University Avenue, then turn south on Mattis Avenue and take Windsor Road east to First Street or Lincoln Avenue. Continue north on First Street or Lincoln to the parking areas.

Game-day traffic reports are given on WDWS-AM (1400) and WHMS-FM (97.5). Traffic reports begin three hours prior to kickoff and are updated every 30 minutes.

There are two parking areas for game-day ticket purchases. The east area is between Wright Street extended and Lincoln Avenue – south of Florida Avenue. The east area is best reached by Lincoln Avenue. The west area is between Neil Street and First Street – south of Saint Mary’s Road. This area is best reached by Windsor Road to First Street from the south.

Parking lots surrounding Memorial Stadium and the Assembly Hall are reserved for parking-pass holders; fans seeking parking so that they can buy game-day tickets should avoid congested streets close to the stadium.

Parking for people with disabilities will be located in each of the four quads at the Assembly Hall.

Fans are encouraged to plan to arrive in the stadium area 90 minutes prior to kickoff to ensure that they have time to park, walk to the stadium, and pass through entry screening before the game starts.

Fans should enter the stadium on the side on which their seats are located, and expect potential delays at the gates during the final 30 minutes before the game is scheduled to start.

Items prohibited inside Memorial Stadium:


Alcoholic beverages

Backpacks and bags

Banners and signs

Cameras with large lenses

Coolers and containers

Fireworks

Glass bottles and cans

Large radios or cameras

Noisemakers

Strollers

Tripods

Umbrellas

Video Cameras

Weapons of any kind

Diaper bags, small purses and fanny packs are allowed in the stadium but are subject to search by university personnel. Food items in clear plastic bags and sealed plastic bottles of water (20 ounces or smaller) also may be carried into the stadium.