WACO (November 6, 2013)—For fans who don’t want to fight stadium traffic, the Gold Rush Tailgate shuttle operates from three hours before the game’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff, throughout the game, and for about an hour after the game ends. Pickup sites are Heritage Square in downtown Waco and Vitek’s at 1600 Speight Ave. And Baylor has this advice for those who plan to use stadium parking lots:
· All fans who plan to utilize lots H, J, K and L to the North of the stadium, should use either Clay or Franklin Avenues to reach those parking lots. Fans who travel to Waco via I-35 from either the North or South and who park in lots on the North side of the stadium should take the 17th/18th Street Exit and travel via 17th Street to Clay Street to enter the parking areas.
· Fans who hold credentialed parking passes for Floyd Casey's Gold, Brown, Sky Box, Stadium Tailgating, Creekside Tailgating and Handicap lots, should plan to enter at the main entrance off Valley Mills Drive or off Dutton across from HEB. I-35 travelers who hold credentialed parking passes should use the Valley Mills Drive exit and continue to the stadium's main entrance for admission into their designated parking area. Fans holding these type of parking passes should plan to exit the stadium following the game out the Valley Mills Drive exit only.
· Those fans who have purchased public parking passes from Baylor Athletics should also note that the passes are good for parking at the general parking lots on Clay Avenue between 29th Street and Valley Mills Drive. There is no public parking available in lots F and G, and only limited space
WACO (November 6, 2013) The showdown between the Bears and the Sooners Thursday evening at Waco's Floyd Casey Stadium could mean a major slowdown in stadium-area traffic as a near-record number of fans head to the game at the same time thousands of area residents are headed home from work.
Waco police officers will be positioned beginning at around 4 p.m. Thursday along South Valley Mills Drive, Dutton Avenue, Clay Avenue and Franklin Avenue as drivers approach parking lots around the stadium, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Swanton, who’s been involved in stadium traffic control for about five years, said he expects the game to draw the biggest bunch of fans he's ever encountered.
Tickets for the game are sold out and the university expects a crowd of at least 50,000 fans for only the sixth time in the stadium’s 60-year history and for the first time since Oct. 29, 2006 when a record 51,385 turned out for the Baylor-Texas A&M game.
"South Valley Mills Drive from the interstate to the stadium we expect will be a nightmare," Swanton said.
Fans who don’t head to the stadium early will also have to contend with normal rush-hour traffic, Swanton said, which could mean additional backups.
"Fans should try to get there early to find a good parking space and take advantage of the tailgate parties," Swanton said.
And he suggests that residents who aren’t going to the game find alternate routes home Thursday evening to avoid the stadium area.
Swanton said he will send out live updates on the Waco police Facebook and Twitter sites so fans headed to the stadium can keep up with minute-by-minute traffic conditions.