Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM
Representatives with the University of Oregon have been meeting since the summer to address the unique challenges for businesses and residents surrounding the Autzen Stadium area, including traffic flow on Martin Luther King Blvd., and transporting spectators to and from the game on a weekday.
Game attendees may need to alter park-and-ride plans due to adjustments in staging locations
Because of LTDs weekday commitments, they will be unable to provide the typical number of buses or park-and-ride locations to transport spectators to and from the game, which is scheduled to kickoff shortly after 6 p.m. To compensate for the alterations, Starline Luxury Coaches has been contracted to help coordinate the strategic plan, including the utilization of buses from seven different regional bus companies that will provide the 80 buses required to maintain the Sports Shuttles to and from Autzen Stadium. LTD is assisting with the training and on-site logistics of service provided by the alternative carriers.
The number of sites that will serve as pick-up and drop-off locations for the Sports Shuttles will be reduced from 11 to six for the Thursday night game to avoid interruption of LTDs regular service within the Eugene-Springfield area, however more buses will be available per location than for Oregons previous six home football games this season.
Those regular park-and-ride locations available for the Dec. 3 contest are the Eugene Fairgrounds, Symantec, Valley River Center, Valley River Inn and Willamette between 10th and 11th. In addition, a new location has been added for this game only at the Eugene Christian Fellowship on Game Farm Road.
Round trip fares from all locations will be $3 per person (exact change required) - a reduction from $5 per person at some locations for the first six games - while previously purchased season shuttle passes also will be honored.
Shuttle service to Autzen Stadium will begin four hours prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff, while return trips to parking locations will be available at halftime and continue for one hour following the games conclusion.
Buses with chair lifts to accommodate handicapped riders will service all park-and-ride locations.
Parking Lot Access
Parking lots near Autzen Stadium will open for fans prior to the game, while some businesses and government agencies must remain open until 5 p.m.
The Autzen Stadium parking lots will operate on regular schedules, opening four hours prior to kickoff (or 2 p.m.). The Old Armory lot off of Martin Luther King Blvd. will open at 8 a.m. for reserved recreation vehicles and 10 a.m. for general parking; Centennial Loop businesses will offer limited football parking beginning at noon, with more spaces available at the close of the business day at 5:30 p.m.; and lots surrounding the BMX track off of Leo Harris Parkway will open at 1 p.m.
Parking lots at the Science Factory, Serbu Youth Campus and Juvenile Justice Center, Lane County Mental Health, and the Boy Scouts Center will all be available for game-day parking at 2 p.m., while the lots and fields surrounding the Masonic Lodge will retain their normal football home-game schedules. The Serbu Youth Campus and Juvenile Center will remain open to credentialed staff and visitors utilizing the facilitys services until 5 p.m.
The Eugene Police Department and partnering agencies are expected to convert the traffic flow on Martin Luther King Blvd. and surrounding Autzen Stadium area to regular game-day operations no later than 2 p.m., with idle vehicles along MLK Blvd. awaiting the opening of parking lots prohibited.