LSU's gameday parking nightmare fixed: bans and contraflow instituted
BATON ROUGE- Contraflow and parking bans have been added to the changing fan experience at Tiger Stadium for the upcoming football season.
In an effort to relieve post-game, nightmare traffic, Nicholson Drive will be one-way from Skip Bertman Drive to Bluebonnet Drive. All lanes will be used and cars will all travel in the same direction once the game ends.
After numerous complaints last season, LSU began working with a consultant to establish better policies to help ease the stress around parking and driving on Saturdays. Experts monitored three games last year: Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M. They used the data they collected to suggest changes for 2014.
In addition to driving around, parking will change, too. There are 2,300 new spots. Eight-hundred along Nicholson where old apartments were demolished. These spots are reserved, the athletic department said. But, there are 1,500 spaces for the public at the LSU Golf Course Driving Range and the Levee Lots South.
But, parking along most of Nicholson and Burbank, staples of Saturdays where people park on the shoulder, is now banned. Tailgating is still allowed in the grass areas adjacent to Nicholson Drive, however, vehicles will not be allowed to park here.
Also, Nicholson Drive between North Stadium and South Stadium Drive will be closed immediately after the game to help people leave the stadium without dodging traffic.
LSU said it has hired extra people to work during games.