Mayor says Lincoln is ready for another Husker football season

By: Channel 8 Eyewitness Newsroom
8@klkntv.com

Press Release from Mayor Beutler’s Office:

Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker fans to the Capital City for another season of Nebraska football.  The first of the Huskers’ seven home games starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 3 against Fresno State.

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.

Pre-paid parking in the Haymarket 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.  Parking garages available in the West Haymarket area include the following:

         Red 1, 555 “R” Street

         Green 2, 530 “P” Street

         Blue 3, 535 “P” Street

         Lumberworks, 700 “N” Street

To avoid 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:

         Travel to and from games on StarTran’s Big Red Express (startran.lincoln.ne.gov).

         Purchase a $10 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

Other game-day events include the Haymarket Farmers Market every Saturday through October 15 and Railyard entertainment and activities on Fridays and Saturdays.  The Cube in the Railyard will show football games all day on Saturdays.

The area of the Haymarket Farmers Market will close from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday through October 15.  North 7th and 8th streets as well as Canopy Street will close from “P” to “Q” streets. “P” Street will close from 7th to 8th Street and “Q” Street will close from 7th to Canopy streets.

Vehicles will be subject to towing if parked 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:

         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.

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 retrieve a vehicle from 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:

         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, use 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.

         The I-80 westbound on-ramp from Highway 6/West “O” Street has been permanently closed.  Motorists should use the N.W. 48th Street interchange. The eastbound I-80 off-ramp in this area also has been permanently closed.

Other traffic reminders:

         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 lots 12, 22 and 23 or handicapped parking will be allowed west of 16th Street on Vine.

         Charter buses will park on “W” Street between 14th and 16th streets.

         Construction is ongoing on “Q” Street, from 16th to 13th Streets.  The intersection of 14th and “Q” Streets will be a three-way stop, which may cause traffic delays in that area.

         Lanes will be reduced on “P” Street from Centennial Mall to 17th Street.  There also will be lane reductions on 17th Street from “O” to “Q” Streets.

Those choosing to ride bicycles to the game have several options.  The “N” Street Cycle Track is a protected bikeway for the exclusive use of cyclists on the south side of “N” Street from 23rd Street to Arena Drive.  Downtown bike lanes are on 14th Street from “L” to “R” streets and on 11th Street from “Q” to “D” streets.  Bike UNL is offering free bike valet service for all home games.  Cyclists can drop off their bikes on the east side of Cook Pavilion near 14th and “W” streets two hours prior to kickoff.  For more information, visit bike.unl.edu/bikevalet or call 402-472-4777.

The City of Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) partner together to improve the traffic experience during game day.  The City provides traffic control on Lincoln streets while NDOR helps coordinate traffic on I-180 and I-80.  Coordination efforts include traffic planning, pre- and post-game messaging, planned lane and ramp closures and sharing of incidents with all parties involved as they happen.

Other general reminders:

         Drinking 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.  The sale of food, flowers or balloons requires a sidewalk vendor permit.

         Lock your vehicle and move 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 six locations:

         The City Municipal Service Center (I-80 airport, exit 399), 949 W. Bond (take first right north of McDonald’s)

         Southeast Community College, 88th and “O” streets, south parking lot

         Holmes Lake, 70th Street and Normal, north end of lake

         Gateway Mall, 61st and “O” streets, north of JC Penney

         SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road, south of Von Maur

         North Star High School (I-80 airport exit 403), 5801 N. 33rd St. (six blocks east of 27th Street and Folkways Blvd.)

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; Scheel’s at SouthPointe; 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:

         County-City lots – North (10th and “K”), South (701 S. 10th) and West (802 “J”) – $15 on site and $10 online

         Carriage Park (1120 “L”), Cornhusker Square (1220 “L”) and Center Park (1100 “N”) – $20 on site, $15 online

         Haymarket (9th and “Q”), Lincoln Station South (7th and “P”), Market Place (10th and “Q”),  Que Place (1111 “Q”), Red 1 (555 “R”), Green 2 (530 “P”), Blue 3 (535 “P”), University Square (101 N. 14th), Larson Building (1317 “Q”), West Depot Lot (676 “O”), Lumberworks (700 “N”) – $25 on site, $20 online

         Sun Valley and Charleston St. Lot near Oak Lake Park – vehicle parking is $10 on site and online; RV parking is $50 on site and $45 online

         “N” Street Gravel Lot, “N” Street and Arena Drive – vehicle parking is $25 on site only; RV parking is $70 on site and $65 online 

         14th and New Hampshire lot – vehicle parking is $10, and RV parking is $20 (game-day purchase only)

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. 

A number of private lots are available.  Rates vary, and some offer season passes. Vehicles blocking driveways, 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:

         17th and “R” garage – $20 day of game, $140 season

         19th and Vine garage – $20 day of game, $140 season

         15th and Vine streets – $20

         1410 “Q” St. – $20

         16th and “X” streets – $20

         Anderson Hall, 16th St. between “P” and “Q” streets – $20

         Beadle Center, 19th St. north of “S” St. – $20

         900 North 22nd St. – $20

         22nd and Vine streets – $20

         23rd and “W” streets – $20

         1700 “Y” St – $20

         14th and Court streets – $10

         16th and Court streets – $10

         14th Street Military Avenue – $10                                         

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

·         Mabel Lee Hall (vans only) – $20

·         14th and R streets – $20

·         14th and Avery garage – $20, with free cart shuttle

·         14th and “U” streets, east of Morrill Hall – $20

·         14th St. between Vine and “W” streets, free on-street parking where available

·         17th and “R” garage – $20 with bus service to East and West Stadium