Georgia Gameday Traffic Information
No one likes to sit in traffic, but when morethan 100,000 people descend upon the smallest county in Georgia on a Saturday, crowded roadways are inevitable. To ease the congestion, extra police and gameday staff work before and after games to assist the flow of traffic.
PREGAME TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
On gameday, some roads surrounding Athens — most notably SR 316 — become overcrowded because of the large number of vehicles headed to the game from the Atlanta area. We want to remind you that there are many other ways to enterAthens, including US 129, US 29, US 441, SR15 and US 78. While these routes may seem a few miles out of your way, they may save you significant time and less traffic congestion.
Once in Athens, we recommend you head toward East Campus, unless you have passes for other lots. The highest concentration of public parking on gameday is available on East Campus, surrounding the Ramsey Center off College Station Road. In addition, there are more than 1,500 overflow spaces at the intramural fields to help accommodate cars and make the postgame exit as simple and expedient as possible.
Public access parking lots open at 7 a.m. on gameday. There are shuttles available in the East Campus District (Ramsey Center and Intramural Fields) to transport you to and from the stadium. If you need to park on the intramural fields, we ask that you be extra conscientious about not leaving any litter, glass or sharp objects on the ground. All public access parking on campus is first come, first served, which means no saving places for friends coming later. When parking on campus, we ask fans to follow two simple guidelines:
- Do not park on sidewalks, grass or landscaped areas unless otherwise directed by UGA personnel.
- One vehicle, one space — this will allow for the maximum number of cars in a lot and will facilitate free flow of traffic through the lot.
NOTE: For safety reasons and to free parking spaces for fans, golf carts and ATVs are not allowed on campus on gameday. For information on gameday, please call ourhelpline at 706-425-3052.
COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE SERVICE
Complimentary shuttle from Ramsey Center/Rec Sports Complex to Gate 6 before and after games is available. UGA Campus Transit will again offer free shuttle service to fans on gameday from the East Campus Parking Deck/RamseyCenter bus area. If overflow parking is needed at the Intramural Fields, then shuttles also will pickup fans at the Intramural Fields parking area off College Station Road. Shuttles will run continuously for 51⁄2 hours be-fore the scheduled game time and will drop fans off at Gate 6 of Sanford Stadium until 15 minutes after kickoff. Keep in mind that the gates to Sanford Stadium do not open until 90 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. Return service will run continuously for two hours after the game ends.
POSTGAME TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
When planning your departure, keep in mind that vehicles that arrived on campus over the course of several hours will be trying to leave in a much shorter time. The large influx of vehicles onthe roadway can quickly lead to traffic gridlock. To alleviate this, the University of Georgia Police Department, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies have produced a traffic plan that is implemented on gameday. The plan allows a largenumber of vehicles to move as efficiently as possible. Please work with officers directing traffic to ensure that this plan runs smoothly. Once the game ends, staff will direct cars to the Georgia 10 Loop, which circles Athens and provides the easiest access to all routes out of town. Staff may send you in a direction you are not used to going, but please don't turn around in the median. Remember, the Loop is a circle. Instead, follow the signs, and you will eventually get to your desired destination — probably faster than you think. When in doubt, stay patient, find the Loop and drive safely — we want to see you at the next home game!
Visit www.gameday.uga.edu for interactive maps and alternate routes to your destination.