September 1, 2016

Today's football opener to modify traffic and parking

The Vanderbilt football team opens its 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, with a nationally televised game against South Carolina. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.

The game will provide a great opportunity for the university to gain national attention, showcasing the excitement surrounding Vanderbilt football and the university as a whole.

With the game being played on a workday, some adjustment in parking and traffic flow are being made to accommodate the influx of fans to campus while hopefully limiting the impact on university and medical center personnel.  These are very similar to modifications that have been successfully made from recent mid-week games.

Among the changes:

  • Jess Neely Drive will be closed to automobiles from Natchez Trace to 25th Avenue beginning 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. The street will remain open to bikers and pedestrian traffic.
  • Natchez Trace will be closed to car traffic from Children’s Way to Kensington Place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The street will remain open to bikers and pedestrian traffic.
  • Medical Center staff members whose vehicles normally remain in the N Lot after 4 p.m, will be asked to park in alternate locations Thursday. 
  • Those who park in the 25th Avenue Garage may park there as usual but should be aware that between 4-7 p.m. the garage and the streets around it will become congested with people coming for the game.
  • Lot 71 and 64 will be closed Wednesday night at midnight.
  • Lots 29B, 64, 71, 72A, 72B, 73 and 73A will be closed on the day of the game to accommodate necessary preparations. These lots will be marked with appropriate signage three days in advance so that alternative parking arrangements can be made.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of those that may be inconvenienced by the parking changes for this game,” Associate Director of Student Athletics Brock Williams said. “We are working hard to make sure that the impact of this nationally televised game on the daily business of the university and medical center is kept to a minimum.”

Some Vanderbilt employees may want to consider taking public transit, walking or biking to and from work Sept. 1.