A football game and presidential visit means extra traffic at the U of M Saturday

Expect the University of Minnesota campus to be extremely busy with large crowds anticipated for two major events within blocks of each other on Saturday, Oct. 23. Thousands of people will be on campus to attend a rally that will include President Barak Obama at the University of Minnesota Field House and a Gopher home football game just down the street at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gopher-Penn State game begins at 11 a.m. and the Field House gates will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.

Traffic and bus schedules and routes will be impacted by some street closures prior to, during, and after the event. All those traveling in the campus area Saturday afternoon should be prepared for delays. Football shuttle buses will be extended to St. Paul and West Bank stops until approximately 6 p.m. to accommodate event goers.

Daytime parking will be extremely limited and the public attending both events are strongly encouraged to walk or use public transportation. Those who wish to drive are asked to consider a number of options available for parking. All lots will be charging event parking fees.

Parking is available at:
Fairgrounds Grandstand parking lot

U of M West Bank ramps: The 21st or 19th Avenue ramps on the West Bank will also have all-day access. If you park on the West Bank, it’s recommended that you walk across the Washington Ave. Bridge to the event.

U of M East Bank ramps: East River Road Garage, all-day access; Oak Street, Fourth Street, Washington Avenue, and University Avenue ramps, access after 11:30 a.m.

People with contract parking in U of M facilities will be able to use their parking passes in their home facility after 11:30 a.m. on a space available basis. Football patrons with parking passes may stay in their parking locations throughout the day.

Bike parking: There are more than 6,500 bicycle racks and hoops located across campus. Additional bike parking will be available on the Yudof plaza on the south side of Coffman Union on the day of the event.

Metro Transit Bus Service: Bus routes serving the U of M campus on weekends include the 2, 3, 6, 16, and 22. Bus schedules will be impacted by road closures prior to and during the event. General Metro Transit bus information can be found here.

Published Oct. 22, 2010