AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii WArriors football season opener against USC is set for Thursday, September 2, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Aloha Stadium management encourages guests to arrive early to help alleviate the Thursday afternoon pau hana traffic.
"Since the game falls on Thursday, we are anticipating heavy traffic prior to kickoff" said Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan.
"As we have for the past few years, we are staggering the parking gate opening to help relieve congestion.
Traffic updates will be broadcast on ESPN Radio at 1420 AM.
Traffic & parking flow chart
The Lower Halawa Parking Lot (Gates 3 and 4) will open at 11:00 AM, while all other lots (Upper Halawa, UH Reserved, and Kamehameha) will open at 12:00 PM.
Entrance through Gate 1 (Main Salt Lake) - ADA, Bus Lot and Sections 1-7 only (PASSES ONLY)
Entrance through Gate 2 (North Kamehameha) - Parking areas 8-14 only (PASSES ONLY)
Entrance through Gate 3 (Halawa) - Upper and Lower Halawa parking lots only
Entrance through Gate 4 (Lower Salt Lake) - Upper and Lower Halawa parking lots only
Entrance through Gate 5 (Kamehameha) - Kamehameha parking lot only
Note: Access to the lower Halawa lot will be through parking gates 3 and 4. Vehicles will not be allowed to move to other sections of the parking lot from the lower Halawa lot.
Alternate parking is also available at Radford High School, Kam Drive In, and Leeward Community College (LCC). Ford Island will not be available for the game.
Alternate parking sites
Kam Drive In (1:00 PM - 1 hour after game) Parking is $5 per vehicle with free shuttle service
Leeward Community College (1:00 PM - 1 hour after game) Parking is free. Cost is $2 for shuttle service.
Radford High School (3:00 PM - 1 hour after game) Parking is $5. No shuttle service available.
Note: Security is present at all alternate parking sites. Shuttle service begins two hours and 30 minutes prior to kickoff and up to one hour after the game ends. There will be no tailgating allowed at alternative parking sites.
There will be no public parking available on the inner circle, except for the limited amount of ADA stalls. These ADA stalls will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 12:00 p.m., via the Main Salt Lake Gate 1 or North Kam Gate 2. Parking attendants will be asking for ADA placards and ADA issued identification cards. Guests who are unable to produce the placard and the ID card to match a person inside the vehicle will not be allowed to park in the ADA areas.
Chevron will also host the Family Fun Zone in the Upper Halawa Parking Lot (between poles 2 and 3).
Turnstile gates will open at 2:00 p.m. The following items are prohibited: weapons, fireworks, coolers, air horns, cans and bottles, umbrellas, outside food and beverages. At turnstiles, all bags are subject to check. Anticipate delays for bag check. Express lanes are available for persons without bags. There will be strict enforcement on outside food and beverages at the turnstiles. The Honolulu Police Department will also be performing sobriety checks around the stadium after the game. Fans are asked to drink responsibly and use a designated driver.
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