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2017 Media Releases

August 24, 2017
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 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 Gameday 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 start at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 2 against Arkansas State.


To avoid gameday traffic and parking challenges, City officials recommend visiting (keyword: closures) for maps and street construction information, planning ahead for parking, arriving early, celebrating downtown after games and using StarTran's Big Red Express (


To improve the traffic experience on game day, the Traffic Engineering Section of the City Public Works and Utilities Department, the Lincoln Police Department, the UNL Police Department and Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) work together. The City provides traffic control on Lincoln streets while NDOT 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.

On football game days, Interstate 80 exits at I-180/Downtown and 27th Street can be congested, so visitors are encouraged to use other routes into Lincoln:

Those entering Lincoln on southbound I-180/9th Street, are strongly encouraged to use "N" Street and 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:

Other gameday events include the Haymarket Farmers Market every Saturday through October 14 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 14. 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.

Some City road construction projects may impact gameday traffic:

Other traffic reminders:

Those choosing to ride bicycles to the game have several options:


Parking meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The following fine system is in effect:

To avoid parking tickets, fans can purchase a $10 tag for all-day, on-street parking in metered stalls from any City employee wearing a Park & Go shirt at City-operated parking facilities.

Fans can also reserve pre-paid parking in the Haymarket and other City garages 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 are:

Reserved, reduced-price, pre-paid football parking is also available through for these locations:

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.

UNL parking lots will be available for use six hours prior to kick off. Gameday parking information and maps are available at (keyword: football). Parking is available at the following University areas on game days:

Wheelchair accessible parking is available for $25 per vehicle at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Salt Creek Roadway. Handicapped parking is available at:

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. Vehicles will also be subject to towing if parked on job sites or driving lanes on streets or in unfinished areas. 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.


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 and depart from "R" Street between 12th and 14th streets. The last bus will leave the lot 45 minutes prior to kickoff. The cost is $5 each way, and exact change is required. 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. Tickets also can be purchased via smart phone by texting "TOKEN" to 41411 to receive a download link. For more information, call 402-476-1234 or visit

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