GOING TO THE GAME? Share Your Tailgate Photos
EUGENE, Ore. - It's the moment many of us have been waiting for – the Oregon Duck's home opener is this weekend.
If you're headed to the game Saturday, be prepared for lots and lots of traffic.
“There's only one way in and one way out of Autzen, and so, obviously traffic gets very congested,” said Sgt. Shawn Marsh with Eugene Police Department.
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Eugene police will be directing vehicles. They say if you're planning to tailgate for the allotted six hours before kickoff, you probably won’t have too many issues with traffic. But for others, it could be difficult to get around the area.
“If you're trying to get there right when the game starts, if you think you're going to leave a half hour beforehand and get in, you're wrong; it's going to take you probably an hour, hour and half to get in,” he said.
That's why police suggest fans take the LTD Autzen Express to the 4:30 p.m. game.
“It is usually pretty packed and it's super excited because it's the first game day, everybody's really excited,” Cosette Rees with LTD said.
There are eight locations you can park and ride throughout the area. Buses running every 10 to 20 minutes, three hours before kickoff.
“You don't have to have the congestion you don't have to pay for parking,” Rees said.
It's $5 for a round-trip, paying through an LTD bus pass or cash, or $3.50 for a day pass on the TouchPass mobile app.
Just make sure you don't keep your vehicle in the park and ride lots overnight. And, be sure to bring only clear bags.