Students heading to Arlington for TCU's game against LSU in AT&T Stadium on Saturday may find both heavy traffic and scarce parking, according to an email sent out to the student body Tuesday.
While TCU plays LSU, the Texas Rangers play the second game of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark. The two events start an hour apart from one another.
Traffic is expected to be extremely heavy and students should plan to arrive at AT&T Stadium early, according to an email from the TCU athletic office. Parking spaces open at 2:00 p.m. and the gates open at 6:00 p.m.
The first pitch at Rangers game is set for 7 p.m. and the Horned Frogs kick off their season at 8 p.m. The two venues are located less than a mile and a half from each other.
Both LSU and TCU’s ticket offices said they each have sold about 25,000 tickets. A ticket office official from AT&T Stadium said the stadium would hold almost 100,000 people. She also said 12,000 parking spots will be available.
As of now, the projected attendance for the game is around 80,000, she said.
The Texas Rangers ticket office said they are expecting about 50,000 people.
An official from the Action Center in Arlington said Interstates 30 and Texas Highway 360 are “going to be crazy” at that time.
“Those are going to have major traffic,” she said. “360 is right by the stadium, and we also have a Six Flags there. Everyone takes the I30, so I20 would probably be the best route to take at that time of day.”
With the mass of people entering the area at once, the best advice Assistant Athletic Director Mark Cohen could offer was to “leave early.”
Directions to AT&T Stadium and parking can be found at AT&T Stadium’s website.
Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 30, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.