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August 31, 2016
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Shane Dostal, Public Works and Utilities, 402-525-7852
Wayne Mixdorf, City Parking Manager, 402-441-7275
Capt. Jason Stille, Lincoln Police Department, 402-441-7751

Capital City Ready for Game Day Traffic

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:

Pre-paid parking in the Haymarket and other City garages can be reserved through 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:

To avoid game day traffic and parking challenges, City officials recommend visiting for maps and street construction information, arriving early, celebrating downtown after games and using these City services:

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:

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:

Other traffic reminders:

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 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:


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:

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


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

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 (keyword: football). Parking is available at the following University areas on game day:

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

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