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Football parking, traffic information for WKU vs. Southern Miss on Sept. 22

The 2012 WKU home football season continues Saturday (Sept. 22) when the Hilltoppers host defending Conference USA champion Southern Mississippi at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. with tailgating festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. (Check out a detailed tailgating map.)

A capacity crowd is expected at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. WKU Athletics has prepared information for fans on how best to make sure not to miss a minute of the action, both before and during the game.

All gates to the stadium will open two hours prior to kickoff at 4 p.m., rather than the usual 90 minutes prior. It is recommended that fans enter the stadium as early as possible due to the anticipated large crowd making its way to the game.

Fans can attend the Topper Walk and cheer on the entire WKU football team as they enter the stadium at 3:30 p.m. Topper Walk starts on Avenue of Champions across from PS1, where the team buses will drop off the players and coaches so they can walk by fans and along with WKU cheerleaders, Topperettes, the marching band and Big Red and into the stadium.

In addition, there will be a special on-field recognition of legendary Hilltopper head football coach Jack Harbaugh before kickoff. The stadium club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium will officially be named the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Stadium Club in honor of Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, during the pregame ceremony.  It is recommended that fans arrive inside the stadium at least 15 minutes prior to kickoff to see the pregame ceremony.

At halftime, members of the 1992 “Save the Program” team and the 2002 championship team will be honored. In addition, as part of Parent & Family Weekend, WKU will recognize its 2012 Family of the Year at halftime. WKU Admissions also is hosting a Focus on WKU campus preview day for prospective students and their families on Saturday.

PARKING/TAILGATING INFORMATION: The best options for pregame tailgating and picnicking for those without season tailgate passes will be the lawns in front of Rodes-Harlin Hall, McCormack Hall and Gilbert Hall, commonly referred to as “The Valley,” off of Avenue of Champions, as well as across the street in front of McLean Hall.  Gameday, non-reserved tailgating and picnicking areas cost $20 upon entry and are available as space remains.

Fans arriving on campus as gametime approaches will be best served to park free of charge in the Adams Street lot across from the Kentucky Building or the Creason Street lot near the WKU Softball and Soccer Complexes.  Avenue of Champions from College Heights Boulevard at Colonnade Drive down the Hill to University Boulevard will close to traffic except for parking permit holders and gameday sales beginning at 11:30 a.m.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available and can be purchased by calling the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally or online at WKUSports.com. The WKU Ticket Office will remain open until 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.  The purchase of a Southern Miss game ticket can be applied to a 2012 season ticket package, which are available for as low as $50. The group ticket rate of $10 per ticket is available for groups of five or more on Saturday.

All ticket booths and will call areas will open at 2 p.m. Saturday.

2012 WKU FOOTBALL GAMEDAY CENTRAL: For more information about tailgating, tickets, pregame notes, team rosters, media guides, stats, video, audio and more, check out the 2012 WKU Football Gameday Central page on WKUSports.com.


GAME DAY PARKING/TRAFFIC REMINDER: WKU Parking & Transportation provides this reminder about the following parking and traffic changes:

Game-day parking changes

Several parking lots will be reserved for event parking.  The following lots will close at 10 p.m. Friday and must be cleared by 7 a.m. Saturday:

  • All parking lots surrounding Diddle Arena
  • Parking spaces along Avenue of Champions down to University Boulevard
  • South Lawn
  • Parking Structure 2 (PS2)
  • Schneider Hall
  • McCormack Lot
  • Jones-Jaggers Lot
  • Back portion of Creason Lot
  • Gated Regents Lot

Game-day traffic changes

In addition, roads will close prior to the game and post-game event traffic will be controlled by police officers at key intersections. Road closings will begin 6 1/2 hours prior to kickoff and last throughout the event.

  • College Heights Boulevard will be closed between Colonnade Drive and University Boulevard. Access will be restricted to HAF permit holders, tailgating season pass holders, and tailgating day parking customers.
  • Avenue of Champions will be closed at College Heights Boulevard. Access will be restricted to HAF permit holders.

Click for a map of the reserved parking lots and road closings and a postgame traffic map.

As a reminder, Parking & Transportation is continuing weekend enforcement as staff members are monitoring for safety violations, such as yellow zones and fire lanes, and violations in areas of disability parking, loading zones and parking meters near residence halls where short-term parking is needed.

Contact: Parking & Transportation, (270) 745-2361 or transportation@wku.edu

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