Commuters beware: Football, basketball games may snarl traffic in southeast ABQ
December 15, 2017 10:14 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's going to be a wild Saturday for commuters at the intersection of University Boulevard and Avenida Cesar Chavez.
Tens of thousands of sports fans are expected to descend on Dreamstyle Stadium for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, where Marshall will be playing Colorado State, and later at Dreamstyle Arena where the Lobos will host nationally-ranked Arizona. http://www.kob.com/sports/macdougall-returning-to-lobos-as-no-23-arizona-comes-to-town/4710095/?cat=500
They're two of the biggest sports events in Albuquerque this year, but UNM officials say traffic doesn't have to be a nightmare. They say things are being done to ensure thousands of cars don't gridlock the area, but it will take a little finesse and some good old-fashioned teamwork.
"If you're coming for the basketball game, we ask that you get here early," said Frank Mercogliano, director of communications for UNM Athletics.
He said the more cars that are tucked away in the Dreamstyle Arena parking lot before the football game ends, the better. Kickoff for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is 2:30 p.m., with the basketball game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
"The doors will be open a little early at 4:30 p.m. to get in," Mercogliano said.
But there are also ways for basketball fans to avoid driving to the arena altogether.
"A great way to avoid the parking issues is to use our T-lot shuttle," Mercogliano said. "It's a free shuttle service for this game only. It'll be on the corner of University and Lomas; you can park your car for free. A shuttle will take you from your car straight to the arena."
Updated: December 15, 2017 10:14 PM
Created: December 15, 2017 09:36 PM
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