New Duke services, traffic routes enhance football experience

August 24, 2010When thousands of Duke employees and other fans gather on campus Sept. 4 for Duke football’s season opener against Elon, they’ll have new ways to stay informed about getting to the game and finding parking, thanks in part to text messaging and Twitter.

In addition to enhancing game day through social media, Duke has worked to create more efficient traffic routes to general public parking lots, where Duke employees and students park for free for the Employee Kick-Off Celebration against Elon and rest of the season. Also, to help ease traffic, certain campus intersections will be closed three hours prior to all games.

“We’ve worked to implement new changes to benefit everyone coming to Duke for game day,” said Bob Weiseman, game operations manager for Athletics. “If fans follow our recommendations and updates, they won’t get caught in extra traffic and everything can run smoothly.”

The Duke community and visitors can now register for up-to-the-minute traffic information only on game days via text message updates by signing up online or by texting “DUKEINFO” to 69050. They can also get information by following Athletics’ new game day Twitter account. Fans can also report game day issues or concerning activity by texting “DUKE,” a space and then their message to 69050.

Information sent on game day by text message or Twitter is compiled by Weiseman, in coordination with Parking and Transportation and Duke and Durham police. Traffic advisories can also be found on Athletics’ new game day website.

“We really wanted to increase the communication with our fans prior to and on game day to provide them more information to help alleviate issues and frustration,” Weiseman said.  “We feel the recommend travel routes are the best options for each of the respective groups and while they may not be the most direct routes, they will often be the quickest.”

While fans have the ability to get traffic and parking updates, Duke has modified how fans can best get to lots to keep traffic moving and make the travel experience less stressful, Weiseman said.

Parking lots close to Wallace Wade Stadium are reserved only for fans with state-issued handicapped passes and Iron Dukes members. Because space is limited, Duke has created these checkpoints where only approved Iron Dukes members and handicapped fans can travel beginning three hours prior to kick-off:
•    Intersection of 751/Cameron Boulevard and Erwin Road
•    Entrance to Science Drive from 751/Cameron Boulevard
•    Entrance to Towerview Road from Erwin Road
•    Entrance to Towerview Road from Duke University Road
•    Intersection of Anderson Street and Duke University Road
•    Intersection of 751/Cameron Boulevard and Duke University Road

Fans traveling from 15-501, Morreene Road, NC-147 and Fulton Street will have easy access to general public lots. These routes feed to Erwin Road, where electronic signs will direct motorists to public parking in eight lots off of Research and Flowers drives and Anderson and LaSalle streets.

Duke faculty, staff and students park for free in the general public lots with a valid Duke parking permit. Otherwise, general public parking is $10 per car (cash only). Fans can also ride the fare-free Bull City Connector to a stop at Flowers and Trent drives at Duke Medical Center, which drops off passengers about one mile from Wallace Wade Stadium.

Fans traveling to the game in vehicles larger than 9-feet wide or 18-feet long can park in lots on Duke University Road near Chapel Drive. The cost is $50 per game, except against the University of Alabama, which costs $100 to park an oversized vehicle. For the Sept. 18 game against Alabama, Tide fans will park in South Square off of 15-501. Duke fans will use the Duke University Road lots.

Fans can check out Duke Athletics’ full “A-Z” game day guide for more information.