On Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m., Autzen Stadium will be hosting the Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint Germain and Serie A Stalwart F.C. Internazionale. This is the first time an international soccer match has ever been played at Autzen, and it is expected to bring thousands of people and heavy traffic to the area.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate easier in traffic:
In order to ease congestion in the Ferry Street/Coburg Road area on the day of the match, we recommend that motorists not traveling to the match use alternate routes to access the area during their commutes. Alternate routes such as the Washington/Jefferson Street Bridge, Delta Highway, Cal Young Road, Harlow Road, Goodpasture Island Road, and Green Acres/Cresent Avenue are several ways motorists can access the Coburg Road area without competing with traffic from the match.
Other transportation options include walking and biking to Autzen Stadium along the numerous pedestrian paths and bike lanes throughout Eugene, or taking the bus.
After the match, Traffic Enforcement officers encourage motorists to take the Club Road exit to downtown as an alternate option to access northbound Delta to Beltline, instead of having to travel north on Coburg from MLK. If more motorists use this route, traffic in other areas around the stadium will be less impacted by traffic from the match.
The Eugene Police Traffic Enforcement Unit would like your commute to the match to go as smooth as possible. By following these suggestions you can reduce your commute time, ease congestion around Autzen Stadium, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.
1.) Ride the Bus – Lane Transit District offers several convenient park and ride locations throughout Eugene/Springfield at an affordable price. LTD buses are given priority into and out of the area of Autzen Stadium on the day of the match, which greatly minimizes travel time for fans. https://www.ltd.org/system-map/route_990x-999x/
2.) Have a Plan – Fans coming to the match should pre-plan their travel routes and where they will park once they arrive. Normal traffic patterns around Autzen Stadium are dramatically changed on for this event and will limit your ability to drive freely through the area.
3.) Obey the Law – It’s vital that fans observe basic traffic laws when commuting to and from the match. The traffic cone patterns around the area of Autzen Stadium during the match are considered traffic control devices and cannot be arbitrarily disregarded. Failure to obey these cones patterns or the officers who are directing traffic, may lead to a $300 citation.
4.) Be Patient – On the day of the match, tens of thousands of people are expected in the area near Autzen Stadium. Trying to get that many people into and out of the area is a huge undertaking and takes time. By allowing plenty of travel time and expecting some delays you will improve your overall travel experience.
5.) Don’t Drink and Drive!!! – Local law enforcement agencies want fans to enjoy themselves but to do so responsibly. By not drinking excessively and designating sober drivers, fans can help prevent tragedies from occurring.