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2014 Media Releases

August 22, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
Wayne Mixdorf, City Parking Manager, 402-441-PARK (7275)

Capital City Ready for Game-Day Traffic

Mayor Chris Beutler said Lincoln is ready to welcome Husker football fans with new entertainment and parking options downtown and in the West Haymarket area. The first of the Huskers' seven home games starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 30 against Florida Atlantic.

Pinnacle Bank Arena will host free watch parties for the first home game and for the game against Miami September 20. Other special events include the Haymarket Farmers Market August 30 and September 6 and activities at the Railyard, which will host the Nebraska Alumni Association Football Friday program from 4:30 to 7 p.m. the day before games. The Cube will show football games all day on Saturdays.

Several new parking garages are open this year south of Pinnacle Bank Arena - Red 1, 555 "R" Street; Blue 3, 535 "P" Street; and Lumberworks, 700 "N" Street. The Green 2 garage, 530 "P" Street, is expected to be open by the second home game. Pre-paid parking in these and other City garages can be reserved through Limited parking will be available for $25 in the VIP Parking Garage attached to the southwest side of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

To beat 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:

The renovation of "P" Street downtown in nearly completed. All "P" Street walking areas and streets will be open. Other downtown streets and sidewalks will be closed due to other projects and events:

Fans will be subject to towing if they park 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 get a vehicle out of 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:

Other general reminders:

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:

Buses will drop off on and depart from "R" Street between 12th to 14th streets. 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; 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. Additional parking is available at the 12th and "Y" lot and the 14th and New Hampshire lot for $10 per vehicle and $20 per RV (game-day purchase only). Grills are allowed at these locations and at the Sun Valley and Charleston lot. 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. RV parking is not allowed at the Haymarket Park baseball/softball complex.

The festival space parking north of the Arena is available for tailgating at $40 for vehicles and $140 for RVs. A season tailgating pass is $275 for vehicles and $1,000 for RVs. Parking only is $20 per game. Fans can walk to Memorial Stadium over the Bereuter Pedestrian Bridge south of centerfield at Haymarket Park. Fans can use the pedestrian bridge from the festival space to the Arena for access to the West Haymarket. For more information on the festival space, contact Nikki Devor,

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 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 for $10, $15 and $20 day of game:

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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