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2012 Media Releases

August 17, 2012
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
Ken Smith, City Parking Manager, 402-441-4617

Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic

Mayor Chris Beutler welcomes visitors to Lincoln for Husker football games and says Nebraska's Capital City is ready to accommodate fans and game-day traffic. The Huskers home season begins Sept. 1. Drivers and pedestrians will notice freshly paved downtown streets as well as the completion of the six-lane Antelope Valley Parkway from the Devaney Center to Capitol Parkway. Other projects are under way in the downtown and Haymarket areas:

The Mayor encourages fans to check the City website at for the latest information on street construction and on City programs to help beat game-day traffic and parking challenges:

The Mayor also encourages fans to enjoy Lincoln by arriving early and lingering downtown after games.

Those traveling downtown need to be aware that parking violations and towing are now more expensive. Meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the following fine system is in effect:

The City also has implemented a $50 towing fine for vehicles towed by order of the Police or a Parking Control Officer. The fine is charged in addition to the $49.53 required to get a vehicle out of the impoundment lot. The towing fine does not apply to cars towed from a private lot.

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:

Work continues on the North 14th Street project. Fans wishing to enter Lincoln from the north using 14th Street will be detoured to North 27th Street. All other highways will be open, and Interstate I-80 will have at least two lanes open in each direction.

Other traffic reminders:

Other general reminders:


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:

Due to east stadium construction at UNL, buses will drop-off and depart from a new location on "R" Street between 12th to 14th streets. The cost is $4 each way for adults and $1 each way for children age 12 and under, 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 $40 at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 402-476-1234 or visit


The City recommends reserving reduced-price, pre-paid, event parking through Football parking locations and fees are:

Grills are not allowed in City garages. RV parking is available at Sun Valley and Charleston for $10, and at the North Bottoms lot, 14th and New Hampshire, for $20. Grills are allowed at these locations. RV parking may be purchased online. Fans planning to stay Friday night on City property must purchase their parking online and display the permit in their RV overnight. Unlike last year, RV parking will not be allowed at the Haymarket Park baseball/softball complex.

A number of private lots are available. Rates vary, and some offer season passes. Vehicles blocking drives, parked too close to the intersection, parked on public right of way or interfering with vehicle and 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 (keyword: football). Parking also is available at the following University areas for $15:

Wheelchair accessible parking is available at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Holdrege, for $15 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available at:

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