Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Driving and parking reminders for football Saturdays

The Athletic Department is encouraging football fans to plan ahead and come early to home games this fall. Several construction projects near the Big House could cause traffic tie-ups, so athletics officials also recommend fans consider alternate routes.

Meanwhile, Parking & Transportation Services is reminding people to move any personal or university vehicles from parking lots around Michigan Stadium by 11 p.m. Fridays before game days, or they could be towed.

Fans who use Stadium Boulevard to enter or leave Ann Arbor should be aware that the bridge over State Street has been narrowed to one lane in each direction, due to structural concerns. This will affect and reduce vehicle flow before and after the game.

Fans should consider different routes to the Michigan Stadium area in order to avoid traffic congestion. The spans are checked and tested regularly and this shutdown could change depending upon the results of those tests.

Other streets affected on game days are:

• The east lane of northbound South Main Street from East Stadium Boulevard to Keech Avenue will be reduced from 6 a.m. until after traffic clears post-game to facilitate pedestrian traffic.

• Keech Avenue, at the north end of Michigan Stadium, will be closed to all vehicle traffic except emergency vehicles two hours before the start of each game until approximately one hour after the game ends.

• Greene Street, south of East Hoover Avenue, will be one-way southbound until the game ends and restricted to vehicles with football game parking permits.

Parking Updates

To create more parking opportunities around the stadium, the Athletic Department has created additional parking on the U-M Golf Course. The area will be accessible from South Main Street and parking will be available on a weather-permitting basis roughly between Holes 14, 15, and 16. Spots are first-come/first-served and will be available beginning at 8 a.m. for $30.

The “triangle lot” that runs adjacent to Stadium Boulevard no longer is available for disability-access parking and Accessible Blue Lot parking passes will not be honored there. The Athletic Department has expanded the accessible parking area in the blue lot immediately beyond the triangle area and those needing disability-access parking will be directed there upon entering the blue lot. The shuttle service will continue to run from the bus shelter in the blue lot to the stadium.

Move cars from near stadium

Parking & Transportation Services and the Athletic Department asks that all vehicles (personal and university) be parked off-site away from the football stadium area by 11 p.m. each Friday before home football games.  Any vehicles left in the lots after 11 p.m. will be subject to towing.

Lots affected by this request are:

• SC2 — Blue lot between Keech Street and Hoover Street

• SC3 — Service Center at Administrative Services Building

• SC4 — Yellow lot on Kipke Drive

• SC5 — Yellow lot on Kipke Drive

• SC6 — Orange lot west of Kipke Drive

• SC7 — Orange lot east of Kipke Drive

• SC9 — Yellow (Coliseum) lot on Hill Street at Division Street

• SC11 — U-M Business Vehicle lot on Hoover Street at the Physical Properties Building

• SC12 — Blue lot on Greene Street

• SC13 — Blue lot on Greene Street

• SC14 — Blue lot on Hoover Street at Greene Street

• SC32 — Visitor lot on Greene Street

• SC35 — Yellow lot between Keech Street and Hoover Street

• SC37 — Blue lot on Hoover Street and Revelli Hall

• SC38 — Yellow lot on Division Street and Hill Street

• SC41 — Orange lot on Hoover Street