(HawaiiNewsNow) - The crowds will be big Thursday for the kick-off of the University of Hawaii football season. And with USC in town, thousands of fans will begin packing the Aloha Stadium parking lot in the middle of the afternoon traffic commute.
Even though UH is only in its second week of the new school year, excitement is already building for Thursday's season opener against PAC-10 powerhouse USC.
"To be honest there will be a fair amount of kids there so I talked to everyone on my floor and everyone is planning on going," said one UH student. "I think UH is making it very accessible for students to get down there and get back easily."
To help UH students get to the game, buses will be leaving from near the Dole Street residence halls starting at 3 p.m.
"Now because this is the opening game of the year we are expecting a big crowd, so we have doubled the amount of busses taking the students there," said UH director of communications Gregg Takayama.
The university has reserved 10 charter buses for the job, and students just need to show the student ID to get to the game and back.
As for the general public, the stadium will have a staggered opening. The gates to the lower Halawa parking lot will open at 11 a.m. The rest of the lots open at noon.
Stadium officials expect the parking lot to fill up in two hours, so after 2 p.m. the stadium's alternate parking sites are your best bet, especially if you won't be tailgating.
"The parking is very limited on the public side so we encourage the crowd to use the alternate sties at Leeward Community College, Kam Drive-In and Radford High School," said Engel Garcia of the Aloha Stadium. "Aand also to pay attention to the freeway signs, and when the lot is closed, and proceed to alternate parking sites."
The parking at LCC is free, but the shuttle is $2 per person. At Kam Drive-In parking is $5 a vehicle with free shuttle service to the stadium. both sites open up at 1 p.m. And remember tailgating is only allowed at Aloha Stadium.
And Radford High School's parking lot doesn't open until 3 p.m. because school is in session.