Football season opener to impact some parking

(Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt football season begins Thursday, Aug. 28, with a nationally televised game against Temple University.  Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m.

The game will provide an excellent opportunity to gain national attention for the Commodore football program, as it will be just the second game televised by the new SEC Network, and a chance to showcase some of the exciting things happening on Vanderbilt’s campus.

As with last year’s opener against Ole Miss, the Thursday-evening game will require some minor adjustments to employee parking.

Among the changes:

  • Jess Neely Drive will be closed from Natchez Trace to 25th Avenue, and Natchez Trace will be closed from Children’s Way to Kensington Place, beginning at noon Thursday, Aug. 28. No parking will be allowed on Vanderbilt Place between Natchez Trace and 31st Avenue on Aug. 28.
  • Medical Center staff members who park in the N Lot will be asked to park in the 25th Avenue Garage on Levels 4-11, in the South Garage on Levels 5-7, or in the West Garage on Aug. 28. The Blue Shuttle will provide transportation between the 25th Avenue Garage and the Round Wing and will pick up at the Highland entrance of the garage. Shuttle service will be extended to provide transport between West Garage and the Round Wing.
  • Those who park in the 25th Avenue Garage may park there as usual but should be aware that between 5-8 p.m., the garage and the streets around it will be congested with people arriving on campus for the game.
  • Lots 29B, 64, 71, 72A, 72B, 73 and 73A will be closed on Aug. 28 to accommodate necessary preparations.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of those who may be inconvenienced by these modifications,” Assistant Vice Chancellor Brock Williams said. “We have worked hard to insure that the impact of this football game has a minimal effect on the daily business of the university and medical center.”