There’s only a few hours left before the first Cornhusker football game of the season, and Lincoln police are offering fans a little advice to make sure their visit goes smoothly.
Lincoln Police Sergeant Chris Vigil tells Nebraska Radio Network contributor, KLIN, fans that are serious about getting game-day parking need to arrive early and know where they want to park ahead of time.
“Parking garages, especially as you get closer to the stadium, are hotly contested items.” says Vigil. He adds if you do plan on parking at a garage, it’s best to keep low expectations. “Expect to either wait or have them be full.”
If you can’t find a spot in a garage, you may get lucky and find street parking. If you do, Vigil says to remember that meters are no longer free on Saturdays in the city.
“It’s not a holiday, it’s not a “free day”, (and) parking meters are enforced.” says Vigil.
Another tip; anyone planning on tailgating should know drinking is not permitted on city streets.
“Basically, think sidewalk to sidewalk” says Vigil, adding the rule extends to parking garages as well.
One you do finally park and are ready to head the stadium, Vigil says those who intend on using a cab or other ride-share service to get around should know there is now designated pick-up on drop off points just east of Memorial stadium.
“In previous years, patrons may have had to walk five or ten blocks to arrange those pickups” says Vigil. Now, he says the major transportation companies in the city have all made arrangements with local law enforcement to set the designated spots.