Friday, Sept 27th football game traffic plan

September 24, 2019

 Communications & Public Affairs


Dear Campus Community,

On Friday, September 27, Cal will host Arizona State in an ESPN-televised football game from California Memorial Stadium, and this note is intended to provide information on how traffic will be impacted and managed during the day.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The late start should lessen the overlap between the evening commute and fans arriving for the game, and thus ease the transition from a campus workday to a gameday atmosphere.

A higher-than-normal number of pedestrians and automobiles for a Friday is anticipated in and around the campus, and everyone, including fans and permit holders, are encouraged to use public transportation or carpool to reduce the impact on neighborhoods that are adjacent to the stadium and campus. The steps we are taking to minimize impacts on the campus and community mirror how Friday night games have been handled in previous years (most recently in 2017).

All campus parking permits will be honored during normal business hours before lots switch to football parking at 5:30 p.m. Campus permit holders will not be cited if vehicles remain in a campus lot after 5:30 p.m. This process will be similar to how basketball game days are handled during the winter.

All normal football gameday traffic control, which is managed by the UC Police Department and Berkeley Police, will be in place, including road closures near Memorial Stadium. Of note for those who work in Strawberry Canyon east of the stadium, Centennial Drive at Rim Way will close at 3:30 p.m. and access to the lower campus after that time will not be available.

Gayley Road between Hearst Avenue and Bancroft Way will close at 5 p.m., and those who require access for academic or work-related reasons will be allowed on southbound Gayley from Hearst to the Haas School of Business.

Double fines will be in place for restricted street parking, as normal on football gamedays. Residents and students should pay special attention to the no parking signs posted in the area.

Shuttle Information

The Central Campus Line shuttle route will remain on its regular route.

From 4:30 p.m. until approximately 7:30 p.m., the Perimeter Line shuttle will go from Downtown Berkeley BART, eastbound along Channing Way to Kroeber Hall (College Ave. at Bancroft Way). The shuttle will then proceed westbound on Bancroft, picking up on Bancroft Way, to Downtown Berkeley BART. There will be no P-Line schedule during this period.

The Hill Line shuttle will be rerouted after the 4:10 p.m. departure from Evans Hall. H-Line shuttles will serve Space Sciences, Math Sciences and the Lawrence Hall of Science between approximately4:30-7 p.m. by navigating through north Berkeley.

Regular football gameday shuttle routes will begin at 5:30 p.m., with additional shuttles added from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Football season parking passes will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis in campus lots after 5:30 p.m. Day-of-game parking permits for the football game will be sold at the Genetics and Lower Hearst lots.

More information on Cal football game days can be found online at

For those who picked up their faculty/staff complimentary tickets last week at the Faculty Club, we look forward to seeing you! If you have not picked up your tickets and you would like to attend the game, please visit the Memorial Stadium Box Office this week (open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and show your staff ID/Cal 1 Card. As a reminder, faculty and staff are entitled to two (2) tickets per ID.

Thank you for your patience and support as we host this national broadcast. I’m excited to see you at the game this Friday.

Go Bears!

Jim Knowlton

Director of Athletics

If you are a manager who supervises UC Berkeley employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.


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