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Football parking, traffic information for WKU vs. ULM on Homecoming

The 2012 WKU home football season continues Saturday (Oct. 20) with Homecoming when the Hilltoppers host Louisiana-Monroe at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. with tailgating festivities beginning at 9 a.m. (Check out a detailed tailgating map.)

MORE HOMECOMING INFORMATION: WKUSports.com information for fans, WKUNews links to Homecoming news and information.

PREGAME ACTIVITIES: All gates to the stadium will open two hours prior to kickoff at 1 p.m., rather than the usual 90 minutes prior. Fans can attend the Topper Walk and cheer on the entire WKU football team as they enter the stadium at 12:30 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. “Topper Town,” a kids play area for children of all ages, will open at noon on the lawn of Bates-Runner Hall.

PARKING/TAILGATING INFORMATION: The best options for pregame tailgating and picnicking for those without season tailgate passes will be the lawn in front of McCormack Hall. Other gameday tailgating and picnicking areas are unavailable due to Homecoming. The use of the gameday, non-reserved tailgating and picnicking area at McCormack Hall costs $20 upon entry and is available as space remains. Point-of-sale for the McCormack Hall area is at the top of the Hill at Colonnade Drive.

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 8:30 a.m.

FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS: Looking for where your student group, organization or academic department is set up for Homecoming tailgating activities? Check out the 2012 Festival of Friends tent locations

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 (270) 745-5222 or online. The WKU Ticket Office will remain open until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. All ticket booths and will call areas will open at 11 a.m. Saturday at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.  Students in grades K-8 who bring their report card with an ‘A’ to the WKU Ticket Office before 5:30 p.m. Friday will receive a free ticket as a part of “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” Day. Family and friends of the student can purchase unlimited $10 tickets.  It is also Faith and Family Day at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Church groups can purchase unlimited $10 tickets. For the latest on ticket information, check out the Countdown to Sellout page.

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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