K-18 work will complicate access for out-of-town attendees Saturday night

By Jelani Yancey

Getting there won’t be half the fun for the crowd of 50,000 expected at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday evening. If they’re used to approaching town from the west via K-18, it’s likely to be no part of the fun at all.

With construction of the western entry into the city still in progress, fans traveling to the game against Missouri State —  and all the other games on this season’s home schedule — are being advised by law enforcement to allow for extra time for their trip.

The ongoing road work on K-18 between Ogden and Manhattan will continue throughout the 2012 football season, reducing the roadway to a single lane in each direction from Wildcat Creek Road on the west to Seth Child Road on the east.

The project, when completed in 2013, will complete the upgrade of K-18 to a four-lane freeway from I-70 to Manhattan.

Also complicating the approach to the stadium is the inaccessibility of Scenic Drive from K-18. That access point is closed, meaning that all traffic must continue to Seth Child Road before turning north to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

“For those fans traveling from the west, we highly encourage them allow from more travel time,” said Casey Scott, senior associate athletics director for operations.  He predicted that traffic on the K-18 stretch will be congested throughout the football season, and said that means the earlier fans can get on their way to the stadium, the better.

As for parking around the stadium itself, Scott noted that the reserved parking unavailable last season in the east lot due to construction of the Basketball Training Facility is now open with the project nearing completion. Construction of the West Stadium Center on the west side of the football stadium is fully underway but parking in the west lot will be unaffected on game days.

All parking lots around the stadium open five hours prior to kickoff.  Parking in the east and west lots is reserved for members of the Ahearn Fund and requires a pass for entry.  Paid parking for fans with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the east and west stadium lots. To gain entry, guests must display a state-issued accessible license plate or hangtag and present a disability card along with a form of personal identification.  All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas on campus.  General public parking fees are $20 for cars.

Additional public parking is available near the Equine Center north and east of the fire station on Denison Avenue and north of the sheep grazing lot on Denison.  Fans coming to the stadium from the east who find the satellite lots full along Kimball Avenue may access the Equine and sheep lots by turning north on College Avenue to Marlatt Avenue, then south on Denison. There are also numerous lots in the vicinity of the stadium that are operated by non-university groups, often local youth organizations.

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