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Kansas Athletics announces gameday tweaks geared to make Saturday smoother with large crowd expected for KU football game

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold watches over warmups prior to kickoff against Tennessee Tech on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold watches over warmups prior to kickoff against Tennessee Tech on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Before we get too far into this, let’s get one thing out there up front.

With a sellout or near-capacity crowd expected at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday for KU’s 11 a.m. kickoff against Duke, there are going to be delays and things are going to take a little longer than most fans are used to.

That includes getting into the stadium, parking, concessions and more. If you don’t wrap your mind around this now or plan accordingly to manage it, you’re likely going to spend part of Saturday frustrated instead of celebrating your football team that’s off to an amazing start and has a chance to do more.

OK. Now that we’ve covered that, let’s take a quick look at some of the things KU has planned to try to make the delays and headaches as small as possible.

The following plan was sent out by KU earlier this week:

• All available gates and metal detectors at Memorial Stadium will be open beginning 90 minutes prior to kickoff (that’s 9:30 a.m.) to help ensure smooth entry into the game for fans with every ticket scanner also in use. Fans are encouraged to download their tickets prior to arriving at the stadium to expedite the entry process.

• For fans coming from out of town, particularly from the east, it’s worth remembering that portions of K-10 and 23rd Street are undergoing construction and you might want to leave a little earlier than normal or find an alternate route.

• There will also be a bus service available both from lot 54 on Irving Hill Road and from Downtown Lawrence, with two stops near downtown parking garages at 6th & New Hampshire and 7th & Vermont. The fare is $1 per person roundtrip. Parking fees in the downtown garages are waived on gamedays.

• Once inside the stadium, fans will notice extra concessions on hand with products stocked to satisfy fan needs. In addition, there will be a concessions Happy Hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This will include discounts on select food and beverage items, including beer at concession stands that are adjacent to sections 4 and 6 on the west side and 21 and 23 on the east side, on the lower levels only. Concession stands that are serving the happy-hour pricing will be properly designated with signage.

• Re-entry will once again be available at designated gates. Fans must have their ticket “scanned-out” when exiting and must have their ticket scanned and pass through the security screening process to regain entry. Re-entry scanning takes place at Gates 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 18, 28 and 33 and starts with five minutes left in the second quarter and concludes with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Those plans were put in place to accommodate the larger crowd and they will accompany the normal run of gameday events and festivities including the Hawk Walk at 8:45 a.m., where fans can greet the team at the south end of Memorial Stadium as they walk to the locker room; the Family Fun Zone near the practice fields; and the regular lot of tents, entertainment, merchandise and more available on Campanile hill.

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Dirk Medema

It’s forecast to be a great day in Lawrence. Sounds like a great family day on campus and/or downtown. I’m not a beer drinker so kinda difficult to wrap my head around happy hour at 9:30 am. Hopefully this all helps build momentum towards the new stadium complex as well.

1 week, 1 day ago

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Gary Amble

Better than a mere "great" day, it'll be IDEAL. A slightly crisp feel early in the day with temperatures for the first to arrive near 60 degrees at tailgate. The sun will warm the air very quickly so plan on a light jacket until about 9:30 when temperatures warm to near 70. The game will begin with middle 70s at kick-off followed by a steady warmup sending 4th quarter temps. into the middle 80s. T-shirts for sure. Sunny skies and a light WNW breeze at 7-10 MPH. I'm looking forward to a rocking atmosphere in Lawrence on Saturday!

1 week, 1 day ago

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Michael Hansen

Matt only the Vermont and Riverfront garages have free parking on game days. I parked in the New Hampshire garage today and got a ticket.
This is what it says on the City of Lawrence web site:
Parking in the lower level of the Riverfront Parking Garage and the Vermont Street Parking Garage will be free for weekend game days. These parking garages can be found on the map by visiting www.lawrenceks.org/parking.

6 days, 10 hours ago

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