FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Gameday brings in Hogs fans from all across Arkansas, but it also brings in a lot of traffic and makes it even harder for parking. University of Arkansas Police Captain Matt Mills says you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to get to Razorback Stadium.
“We ask for patience, for understanding, leave early enough to get to the stadium with enough time to get through the gates,” said Mills.
He says roads like Razorback Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Maple Street will be backed up.
“We anticipate a heavy traffic flow. We anticipate folks having to wait in traffic both pre- and post-games,” said Mills.
Mills says officers with UAPD and the city of Fayetteville will be set up around the stadium to help keep things moving. In addition, to heavy traffic, parking, or lack thereof, is also top of mind for local businesses.
Hailey Zeagler is the assistant manager at Palm Beach Tan.
“People who work your game in particular, people who are using your stuff can’t even park because we have everybody from the games and things like that work parking here,” said Zeagler.
She says Hogs fans will often park in the lot and walk to the games, only to come back and find their car has been towed. That’s why Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department says you should try to find alternatives to paid parking spots in advance.
“Which you can find up and down MLK. You will see signs for paid parking. You also see signs where you’re not supposed to park. So pay close attention to where you park and try to find a safe place to park,” said Murphy.
He also encourages you to lock up your belongings before you head into the game.
“Be safe out there. Have a fun weekend. It’s the first home game. The Razorbacks are looking like they’re going to be pretty good this year. So let’s get a victory and have a happy night. Everyone seems to be happier when the hogs win,” said Murphy.
The Arkansas Razorbacks provide a guide for parking as part of its interactive fan guide, which offers a schedule, the nearest restroom, the locations for food or drink, and other important gameday information.
The fan guide also informs fans on gate times and tailgating tips.