Aug. 12, 2009
There will be a few changes at the University of New Mexico home football games in 2009, the most noteworthy being the closure of a stretch of University Blvd., the day of the game. Most of the changes, which were precipitated by the ongoing renovations at The Pit, are for the benefit of the fans and the environment.
Closing University Blvd. on Game Day
University Blvd. from Cesar Chavez south to the south entrance of the Zia Lot will be closed on gameday. In order to create a pedestrian zone, the street will be blocked off on Saturday morning until the parking lots are clear after the game.
The First Community Bank Lobo Fan Fest and the Rocky Mountain RV Overnight Tailgate Lot will move to the Vista Lot, which is located at the southwest corner of University and Cesar Chavez Blvds.
"We want to create a pedestrian and fan friendly safe zone between the Pit and University Stadium," said UNM Vice-President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "The First Community Bank Lobo Fan Fest and Rocky Mountain RV Overnight Tailgate Lot will be more visible and accessible for fans."
Parking / Traffic Flow
To encourage fans to ride together, there will a parking charge of $5 per car; however, it's free to vehicles with 4 or more passengers. Approximately 1,000 parking spots - or 19% of the total available surrounding the stadium - have been lost due to construction at The Pit.
Traffic flow patterns will be more structured before and after games, providing safer, easier and quicker access
Additional security will be in the parking lots to ensure organization and safety
Due to the premium being placed on individual parking places, fans will not be able to block off or save multiple parking spaces for other vehicles. However, fans can purchase an extra pass for a tent, grill, etc.
The New Mexico Rail Runner will have special game day options and ABQ Ride's "Park `N Howl" will continue to provide shuttle service from Lot T at the southwest corner of Lomas and University
"With the Pit construction, we are losing a significant percentage of parking spaces so effective use of the remaining spaces becomes very important," said Krebs. "The revenue we generate from parking will be used to improve the lighting and condition of the parking lots.