How do you provide parking for 5,000 of your closest friends? Campus administrators have devoted serious time and thought to mapping out traffic patterns and designating parking areas so Crusader fans will find parking and entering the stadium an easy experience on game day.
To prevent congestion in front of the stadium on University Drive, the UMHB Department of Public Safety will convert University Drive into a one-way street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Mabee Drive, prior to game time. Access to that road will be limited to fans with reserved parking passes, visitors with handicapped parking hangtags, and drivers who need to drop off guests with limited mobility at the curb near the stadium entrance. Those visitors will be encouraged to come toward the stadium on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenuee, turn right on University Drive and then drive on to Crusader Way to find parking in the new lots along the north side of the campus or in the remote parking areas at the Sportsplex or near the Main Street entrance. The clockwise traffic flow will allow the shuttles and individual vehicles to pause curbside to deliver fans to the stadium gate without creating jams on the two-lane street.
With unusually large crowds expected for the inaugural game, UMHB has designated an overflow parking area on the northeast corner of the campus. The grassy expanse that stretches along the railroad tracks between College Street and Main Street will be available for parking, should other parking areas be filled. Those who park in the overflow area can walk across the campus to the stadium entrances on University Drive or can walk two blocks south on College Street, where shuttles will be picking up fans at the entrance to Vann Circle, in front of the large letters which spell out “UMHB.” If it rains, an alternative overflow area will be offered at the parking lots near First Baptist Church, and a shuttle will carry fans to the stadium from there and back.
Parking spaces on the University Drive side of the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center have been expanded to provide easy access for disabled visitors. Two tiers of accessible parking will be reserved for guests on the ticket booth side of the center. To enter the area, each vehicle must have official disabled parking plates or a placard hanging from the rearview mirror of the car. Placards may be obtained at the Bell County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office (550 E. 2nd Avenue, Belton 76513; phone 254-933-5321 or go to bellcountytx.com)
Visitors who have difficulty managing steps will be encouraged to enter the stadium through the glass doors at the center of the stadium on University Drive; inside, an elevator will be available to carry them to the level where their seats will be located. Special seating for individuals confined to wheelchairs will be available on the concourse level of the stadium; parties needing handicapped seating can request to be assigned to these areas when they purchase their tickets.
After the Game
Following the game there will be a fireworks display. To keep postgame traffic flowing smoothly, fans will be directed to exit the campus along one of four routes. Fans who want to go west will be able to drive out Crusader Way to Loop 121, where officers will be on hand to direct traffic. A second exit route will take fans east on Crusader Way to College Street, where fans will be able to turn left across the railroad tracks, then left again on a new road that leads to Industrial Park Road, Commerce, and on to Sparta Road. A third exit route will send fans east on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue to Main Street. Fans who use one of these routes will be guaranteed that their game day smiles will last all the way home.