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Sept. 24, 1996

Fans find game traffic tie-ups traumatic

By Josh Jacquot

Lariat Reporter

With Baylor's entrance into the Big 12 at hand, traffic problems at Floyd Casey Stadium continue to swell.

'We cannot get people to understand that Baylor football games have changed,' said Chief Jim Doak, director of the Baylor Department of Public Safety.

Doak said University police closed the Valley Mills Drive entrance to the stadium by 2:10 p.m. Saturday because the front lots were full.

'People would just drive around aimlessly because there is nowhere to go,' Doak said. 'We don't have a parking problem...we have got tremendous parking compared to other schools in the Big 12.'

Doak said he recommended football fans arrive at least 90 minutes before kickoff. The loss of 800 spaces to a new grass practice field installed last year has made the use of alternate entrances to the stadium more critical, with the use of streets from the east of the stadium becoming a necessity, he said.

'Coming from the east, there was no traffic,' Doak said about Saturday's game.

All the main parking lots for the fans are located on the east side of the stadium, while a traffic helicopter reported little use of the streets east of the stadium.

Doak said he also encouraged fans to ride the buses available through Waco Transit to and from all home games.

Doak said, 'If people would just get out of their patterns...they would save incredible amounts of time and find easy parking.'

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