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News Release

For immediate use

Sept. 2, 2004 -- No. 410

Note: To download a Park & Ride map, see end of release.

Park and Ride still fansí best game plan
for Tar Heel football home games

CHAPEL HILL -- Looking to cheer early and often for the Tar Heels against William & Mary this Saturday afternoon? Football fans who do may want to take advantage of park and ride options available to them at sites around Chapel Hill. Fans who elect to drive to campus also are encouraged to come early, take part in the pre-game festivities of Tar Heel Town and be mindful of new traffic patterns around Kenan Stadium.

The park and ride option remains the most convenient option for fans attending this fallís home football games, particularly in light of ongoing campus development plan construction projects which limit the amount of available on-campus parking for special events, according to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety.

Construction near the Craige Parking Deck on Manning Drive, new traffic patterns on Ridge Road and Stadium Drive, and improvements in process elsewhere on campus "makes park and ride the obvious choice for convenience," said Randy Young, information specialist for UNC Public Safety. "Itís virtually a door-to-door service Ė from your car to the gates of Kenan Stadium for just $5."

Football fans are invited to take advantage of Chapel Hill Transitís round-trip park and ride transportation to from the following locations:

n Jones Ferry Road Lot (near 54 West);

n Friday Center Lot (Route 54 East);

n Southern Village (off Route 15-501 South, between Culbreth and Dogwood Acres Roads); and

n University Mall (Dillardís end, off Estes Drive extension.

Tar Heel Town pre-game festivities always begin 2 Ĺ hours before kickoff on the Polk Place Quadrangle, right in front of Wilson Library. That means 11 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 4). Tar Heel Town provides family-friendly non-alcoholic fun and features an 11:15 a.m. visit by the team as it makes its way to the stadium, performances by the Marching Tar Heels band, and food and drink.

Transit buses run from the Friday Center and University Mall lots three hours prior to kickoff; park and ride service begins 1Ĺ hours prior to the kickoff from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road lots. Return trips begin immediately after each game and continue for approximately 30 minutes. Schedules are expected to remain the same for all Tar Heel home football games. For further information on Chapel Hill Transitís game day Tar Heel Express Services, please call 968-2769.

Tour bus parking will be available along Bowles Drive near the Smith Center for $40 per vehicle as space allows. Free recreational vehicle parking will be in the Friday Center park and ride lot on Route 54 East.

Game parking is $7 in the Cardinal Deck (Manning Drive), in a portion of the Ambulatory Care Center Lot (off Mason Farm Road), the Park Place Lot (northeast campus), the Nash Lot (off Pittsboro Street across from the Carolina Inn parking lot), in a portion of the Manning Lot (off Bowles Drive), and in the UNC General Administration lot (off Raleigh Road, with free shuttle service). Disability parking will be in the Ambulatory Care Center lot only, with bus and van shuttles running to and from Kenan Stadium.

"Those utilizing public parking around the Smith Center will need to walk along Bowles Drive," said public safetyís parking control supervisor Deborah Hawkins. Construction adjacent to the Craige Deck has cut off north/south pedestrian access between buildings.

"The major changes this year will be that disability parking, which was formerly in the Jackson Place and Bennett Lots, will now be in the Ambulatory Care Center Lot, with van and bus service to Kenan Stadiumís gates 2 and 6 instead of the golf cart shuttle transportation," Hawkins added. "This should provide a higher level of comfort for passengers, and it should be more wheelchair accessible and more efficient."

On game days, non-emergency vehicles without the proper UNC event parking permit are not allowed access along Ridge Road or Stadium Drive. After the game, Ridge Road will remain restricted, South Road will be one-way eastbound through the center of campus, and Stadium Drive will be restricted to all but special buses and game egress.

More information is available at the special events football link: www.dps.unc.edu or at 962-3951. Game day parking and road condition updates also are available in the campus area at 1610 AM.

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Park & Ride map URL: http://www.unc.edu/news/pics/other/parkandride.jpg

UNC Public Safety contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-1502