UT faculty, staff, students and alumni who will be traveling to Main Campus Saturday, Oct. 7, to enjoy Homecoming festivities should note the Homecoming Parade’s new direction and parking lot changes that will help to alleviate traffic congestion on game day.
Presented by the Blue Key National Honor Society, this year’s Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade will begin at 8 a.m. and travel through the Old Orchard neighborhood in the opposite direction than it has in previous years due to ongoing construction on Bancroft Street. The parade will begin at West Bancroft Street and Campus Road and go east to Cheltenham Road to Christie Street to Middlesex Drive and back to West Bancroft Street. To help you enjoy watching the parade with friends and family, a route map is available here.As the floats, dignitaries, alumni and other parade participants assemble, parking lots 12 and 13 will be closed, and lot 14 impacted, until the parade passes through – from approximately 7 to 10 a.m. (These are in addition to other lots that are routinely closed on game day: lots 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 28.) At the same time, the entrances to Campus Drive and West Towerview Boulevard also will be closed.
Drivers are encouraged to use the following alternate lots between 7 and 10 a.m. on Saturday: 1N, 1S, 2, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and the east parking garage.
Staff will be on hand to open lots 12 and 13 as soon as the parade passes through, and to help ensure traffic is well-managed on Homecoming day, when hundreds of additional vehicles will be on campus. Your patience and attention to safety are appreciated.