UA Issues Campus Advisory for Thursday's Football Game
Employees are urged to end their workday at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Rebecca Ruiz-McGill
Nov. 8, 2007

University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton has issued an advisory to outline the plans and preparations the University will undertake to accommodate a PAC-10 required Thursday night football game scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

The weeknight game will require employee scheduling adjustments as well as parking and transportation adjustments for students, faculty and staff to accommodate game day traffic. Classes will continue as scheduled and no portion of the University will be closed for operations due to game day activities.

The usual game day events will occur, including afternoon tailgating and the opening of certain parking facilities to football fans.

The following adjustments will need to be made by the campus community:

Adjusting work schedules on November 15

Where possible, employees are encouraged to adjust their work schedules to complete their work and leave campus by 3 p.m. This will enable employees to lessen campus congestion caused by the expected influx of football fans.

All employees should work with their supervisors to determine whether their work functions on that day will allow for a 3 p.m. end of work, and consider all options to allow for a 3 p.m. exit, including use of compensatory time similar to that used for annual holiday closure, vacation time, telecommuting, or simply arriving and leaving early on that day. Any option exercised must be in keeping with University policy.


Permit holders for the Cherry Avenue Garage, as well as nearly all surface lots* between Highland and Campbell avenues and Speedway Boulevard to Seventh Street* must be vacated by 3 p.m. in order to meet prior obligations to football fans and tailgaters with game day reservations in those lots. Only vehicles with football parking permits issued by UA Intercollegiate Athletics will be allowed to remain at these parking facilities after 3 p.m.

* Surface lots affected include:

  • Zone 1 lots: 4052, 4053, 4057, 6090, 6091, 6092, 6097, 6098, 6101
  • South of Sixth Street Lots: 8106, 8109, 8110, 8111, 8112, 8138, 8178, 8179
  • Other lots: 4164, 6088, 6089, 6093, National Championship Drive permit parking.

Signs will be placed in and around all affected lots three days prior to the game, noting that the lot will be unavailable after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. In addition, fliers will be placed on vehicles reminding them of game day parking lot restrictions.

Faculty, staff and student accommodations

University faculty, staff, and students with a permit in those areas “unavailable” after 3 p.m., who require parking for work or class-related reasons after 3 p.m. are encouraged to remain on campus as long as their duties demand. Those who require parking will be accommodated on a space available basis in non-reserved parking lot areas on campus.

Faculty, staff and students with permits in the “unavailable” areas who will require accommodation after 3 p.m. must contact Parking & Transportation Services at 626-PARK before Nov. 15 to ensure availability.

Resident student accommodations

Students living in stadium and Highland-area residence halls with parking permits in those areas “unavailable” after 3 p.m. may relocate to the Sixth Street Garage anytime on game day, prior to 3 p.m. Those cars relocated to the Sixth Street Garage must then be moved out of the garage prior to 8 a.m. the following morning, Nov. 16. The Sixth Street Garage will be controlled for relocation parking starting at 7 a.m. on Nov. 15 in order to make room for resident students who must relocate.

Residents requiring “relocation” parking in the Sixth Street Garage MUST pick-up a relocation parking permit at the Parking and Transportation Services Bldg. prior to Nov. 15, to assure availability.

Campus traffic alterations

UAPD will control traffic patterns in and around campus starting at 4 p.m. to allow for exit traffic to coincide with the influx of game traffic.

Various campus streets and external city streets are controlled on football game days:

  • Noon – University Mall closed to incoming westbound traffic at Campbell Avenue.
  • Sun Tran Mall bus stop relocated to Campbell Avenue.
  • 4:00 p.m. – Sixth Street will be controlled to facilitate traffic flow.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Cherry Avenue closed at East Second Street and Enke, West of National Championship Drive.
  • East Fourth Street closed at Highland.

Sun Tran campus route

The UA Mall route will be set to an outer perimeter on campus (same as a football Saturday game) to Campbell Avenue at 12 noon.

Alternative commuting plans

To relieve campus congestion as much as possible, all members of the UA community are encouraged to make special efforts to find alternatives to driving alone to campus on Nov. 15, including carpooling, getting a ride to campus or taking public transportation.

Game day schedule

  • 2 p.m. – Tailgating starts; consumption of alcohol may not begin until after 3 p.m. in the UA Mall tailgating section.

  • 3 p.m. – Parking restrictions take effect; employees are encouraged to end their workdays.

  • 4 p.m. – UAPD begins regulating traffic patterns near Arizona stadium.

  • 5 p.m. – Festivities may begin using amplified sound.

  • 7 p.m. – Kickoff.

Who to call for questions

  • Athletics Event Management Office, 520-621-4694

  • Parking and Transportation, 520-626-PARK (7275) (press 0)

  • Human Resources: Supervisors should direct inquiries to 520- 621-7701

  • Sun Tran, 520-792-9222

  • UAPD, 520-621-UAPD (8273)




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