Oct. 27, 2010
At least 40,000 people are expected on the University of Cincinnati campus for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 30. With the Homecoming Parade and other festivities, access onto and around campus will be challenging at times, meaning a good plan could be the key to making sure you have a good time.
With the game time announced last week as 12 p.m., the schedule for the day’s most-attended events includes:
8 a.m. – Hospitality Tent opens on McMicken Lawn
8 a.m. – Bearcat Blitz opens at Myers Alumni Center
8 a.m. – Bearcat Fan Zone at Myers Alumni Center and Sigma Sigma Commons
9 a.m. – Homecoming Parade begins along Clifton Avenue
9:30 a.m. – Family Zone opens on Sheakley Lawn
9:45 a.m. (approximately) – CatWalk welcoming of UC football team to campus, as part of Bearcat Blitz
12 p.m. – UC vs. Syracuse football game at Nippert Stadium
Traffic on the streets around campus is expected to be heavy at intervals anytime after 8 a.m. on Saturday, so those coming for the football game and/or other Homecoming activities are advised to allow for extra travel time.
The simplest choice for access to cash parking for those who will be arriving after 8 a.m. will be Campus Green and Woodside Garages. RV parking and other cash parking will be available in lot 13 and the Eden Avenue Garage. Fans who choose this option will be provided with free shuttle service to the Uptown West campus beginning at 9:30 a.m., with drop-off in the traffic circle at the end of W. University Avenue. Shuttle buses will also pick up fans to go back to at that same site for up to two hours after the game ends.
Homecoming 2010 is presented by the UC Alumni Association and has as this year’s theme, “Transforming Bearcats Since 1819.” The Homecoming Parade will feature approximately 57 units, including 16 float entries by UC student groups. The grand marshal for the parade will be President Gregory Williams.
Tickets to the football game are still available. Fans can call the ticket office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit CATSTIX.com to purchase.
Information for when specific streets will be limited is as follows:
- Congestion is likely around the northwest perimeter of campus from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., when portions of Clifton Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be in use for the Homecoming parade route. The parade route runs north on Clifton Avenue past the main entrance to the university, and then east on Martin Luther King Boulevard through Campus Green Drive.
- Calhoun Street should be avoided from 7:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. This is where the staging of entries into the parade will take place.
- The least interrupted access point to campus throughout the entire day will be the routes from I-71 across William Howard Taft Road and onto Jefferson Avenue.
Those without passes will need to use the cash garages, with the only access to cash garages during the parade being the Campus Green and Woodside garages for traffic coming westbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the Jefferson Avenue/Vine Street intersection. That access will be extremely limited because of parade units coming down King.
Pass-only garages include Varsity Village garage, CCM garage, Calhoun garage, Corry garage and University Avenue garage. As is standard procedure for all home UC football games, traffic on Corry Boulevard will be limited to one-way, incoming traffic across all lanes beginning at 10:00 a.m., two hours prior to kickoff.
Official UC Homecoming website