LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys will host their 2012 home opener versus the Toledo Rockets in a game kicking off at 2 p.m. from War Memorial Stadium.
Fans will once again enjoy the benefits of numerous nearby parking options when attending University of Wyoming Athletics' events this year. Included among those parking options is a new parking lot, the Visual Arts (VA) Lot, located one half block north of War Memorial Stadium on the north side of the new Visual Arts Building on 22nd Street. This lot will be a permitted lot for fans who receive a VA parking permit through their Cowboy Joe Club membership. The VA Lot adds another paved parking area to the parking options for fans, and it offers a paved walkway to Willett Drive and is well lit for night-time events. Access to the VA Lot will be off of 22nd Street.
The Ford Stadium Lot on the east side of War Memorial Stadium was paved a year ago. Also added a year ago was the addition of a new parking area, the Summit View Lot, located directly east of the Ford Stadium Lot across 22nd Street.
Access to the Summit View Lot is the other major change for the 2012-13 athletic seasons. Access to the Summit View Lot this year will be available for fans who have a Summit View, VA or X Lot parking pass. A year ago, Brown Lot parking passes also admitted fans to the Summit View Lot, but Brown Lot passes will not gain access to the Summit View Lot this season. Cowboy Joe Club members who hold a Brown Lot pass will have the opportunity to upgrade their parking by visiting the Cowboy Joe Club at a tent located along the Willett Drive entrance to the Summit View Lot or by contacting the Cowboy Joe Club office at 307-766-6242 prior to kickoff.
More Flexible and Higher Quality Parking
The Ford Stadium Lot, on the east side of War Memorial Stadium, was paved prior to the 2011 football season to provide a higher quality gameday experience for fans. The paving project also included improved sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.
Once again in 2012, the Ford Stadium Lot will be divided into two main areas for the football season -- the Stadium Preferred Lot in the west portion and the Stadium Lot in the east portion.
Both sections of the Ford Stadium Lot will also be permitted parking areas for the men's basketball and women's basketball seasons. During the basketball season, there will be no distinction between the two areas. Anyone with a Stadium parking permit will be able to park anywhere in the Ford Stadium Lot during the Cowboy and Cowgirl Basketball seasons.
As was implemented in 2011, the Ford Stadium Lot will have no assigned, named spots for permit holders. It will be a guaranteed reserved lot for permit holders, consistent with the IPF, H, VA, X and Brown Lots. The Ford Stadium Lot will never be over-allocated.
Entrance into the Ford Stadium Lot before games will continue to be off of 22nd Street. When exiting after games, fans will exit onto 22nd Street and be directed south toward Grand Avenue.
Tailgating Options and Tailgating Guidelines
One of the primary reasons the new Ford Stadium Lot parking plan was put into effect last year was to offer fans more flexibility for pregame activities on gamedays. It allows friends who wish to tailgate together the flexibility to park close to one another rather than in predetermined parking spots.
Fans are asked to follow a few simple guidelines when tailgating1. If using a tent for tailgating don't drive stakes into the asphalt or landscaping areas.
2. Please be courteous to other fans by containing your tailgating activities to your parking spot and not impeding the flow of traffic in driving lanes.
3. Be aware of fire lanes in the Ford Stadium lot and keep all tailgaiting equipment and activities outside of the designated fire lanes.
4. Please be careful not to damage the landscaping areas in the parking areas.
This year's Cowboy Walk will occur 2 hours and 40 minutes prior to kickoff of each home game. The team will depart the Hilton Hotel and walk along the south edge of the Ford Stadium Lot. The Cowboys will enter Gate 3 on the southeast corner of War Memorial Stadium, and walk across Jonah Field (south to north), and go directly to the Rochelle Athletics Center. Wyoming's marching band "Western Thunder" and the cheer squad will lead the team into War Memorial Stadium.
ADA Parking Provided Close to UW Athletics Facilities
To better serve fans who desire ADA accessible parking, an ADA parking area was added last year one block east of War Memorial Stadium at the west end of the Cowboy Field Lot on Willett Drive.
Existing ADA parking will continue to be available in the: AA Lot (east of the Arena-Auditorium); D Lot (south of War Memorial Fieldhouse); FA Lot (west of War Memorial Fieldhouse); H Lot (south of the American Heritage Center); IPF Lot (north of the Indoor Practice Facility); S Lot (west of the UW Law School); and X Lot (one block north of the Arena-Auditorium on 19th Street by the Animal Science Building).
Parking Available Close to UW Athletics Facilities
The Summit View Lot was added for the first time last year and is located directly across 22nd Street to the east of the Ford Stadium Lot. The Summit View Lot provides an estimated 1,000 extra parking spots for UW fans. The Summit View Lot features a surface covered with recycled asphalt. It is a permitted lot for fans who receive a Summit View, VA or an X Lot parking permit through their Cowboy Joe Club membership. Prior to games, entrance into the Summit View Lot from the south will be via Arrowhead Lane, which is the first street north of the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center. Entrance into the Summit View Lot from the north will be via Willett Drive. Fans who have Brown parking permits will be allowed to park in the Brown Lot (one block north of War Memorial Stadium on the west side of 22nd Street) and in the Cowboy Field Lot (one block east of War Memorial Stadium on Willett Drive). The Cowboy Field Lot will be a permitted parking area again this season.
The X Lot will continue to be located one block north of the Arena-Auditorium on 19th Street near the Animal Science Building. Fans with X Lot parking permits may park in the X Lot or Summit View Lot.
Shuttle Bus Services for ADA Patrons and General Fans Provided Free of Charge
Shuttle bus services will remain the same as in 2011. During the football season, the Cowboy Field shuttle will be designated specifically for ADA parking patrons and will drop fans off at Gate 8 on the northwest corner of War Memorial Stadium pregame. This shuttle will start two (2) hours prior to each home game. Postgame this ADA Shuttle will pick fans up at Gate 8 and return them to the Cowboy Field Lot.
During the football season, a second shuttle route will pick up fans at the intersection of 22nd Street and Willett, beginning three (3) hours prior to each home football game. It will also pick fans up at the Brown Lot (one block north of War Memorial Stadium) and drop all of those fans off at the southwest corner of War Memorial Stadium near Pepsi Tailgate Park. This shuttle will not run postgame.
During the Cowboy and Cowgirl Basketball seasons, the shuttle service from the Cowboy Field Lot will serve all UW fans parking at Cowboy Field and will also make a stop at the intersection of 22nd Street and Willett Drive to pick up fans. The basketball shuttle will drop fans off in the AA Lot, on the east side of the Arena-Auditorium. It will run pregame and postgame during the basketball season, beginning one (1) hour before each Cowboy and Cowgirl home basketball game.
All Shuttle Bus Services are provided free as a courtesy by UW Athletics. UW Athletics employs University of Wyoming TransPark (Transit and Parking Services) to provide the shuttle buses and drivers on gamedays.
Permitted Parking Lots Remaining the Same
Other permitted parking lots in which the access will continue to require the same parking permits as in past years are the: AA Lot (east of the Arena-Auditorium); D Lot (south of War Memorial Fieldhouse); FA Lot (west of War Memorial Fieldhouse); Ford Stadium Lot and Stadium Preferred Lots (directly east of War Memorial Stadium); H Lot (south of the American Heritage Center); IPF Lot (north of the Indoor Practice Facility); S Lot (west of the UW Law School); and X Lot (one block north of the Arena-Auditorium on 19th Street by the Animal Science Building).
Free parking for UW fans will be available within four blocks of War Memorial Stadium and the Arena-Auditorium. The free parking will be located at: the Aragon Lot, two blocks north of War Memorial Stadium on the east side of 22nd Street (north of the Aragon Softball Complex); the UW Annex Lot, two blocks south of War Memorial Stadium on 21st Street (formerly the Mountain West Farm Bureau Building); and the Long-Term Parking Lot, four blocks east of War Memorial Stadium (east of the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex and on the west side of 30th Street).
Alcohol-Permissible, Open-Container Parking Lots (For home Football games only)
Alcohol-permissible, open-container parking lots will once again be available this season for tailgating prior to home football games only. The Ford Stadium Lot and Summit View Lot will both allow open containers for alcoholic beverages. The other designated open-container permissible lots are the AA Lot, Brown Lot, Cowboy Field Lot, H Lot, IPF Lot, VA Lot and X Lot.
For games beginning prior to 4 p.m., open containers will be allowed from 8 a.m. until halftime of the game. For games beginning at 4 p.m. or later, open containers will be allowed from noon until halftime of the game.
Pepsi Tailgate Park
Pepsi Tailgate Park will again be located on the southwest corner of War Memorial Stadium. Pepsi Tailgate Park will open 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to kickoff and will close 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
Parking and Ticketing Information
Fans who have questions regarding parking or who want to purchase a parking permit may contact the Cowboy Joe Club at (307) 766-6242.
To purchase tickets or to get answers to your ticketing questions, fans may go online at www.WyomingAthletics.com or call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.
Important Times for Football Game Days
Main Ticket Office opens 8 a.m.
Parking lots open 8 a.m.
Ticket Gates Open to the Stadium 2 hours Prior to Kickoff
Free ADA Shuttle Bus From Cowboy Field Lot to Stadium 2 hours Prior to Kickoff
Free Fan Shuttle Bus From 22nd & Willett to Tailgate Park 3 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Tailgate Park Opens 2 1/2 Hours Prior to Kickoff
Tailgate Park closes 30 Minutes Prior to Kickoff
For Alcohol Permissible Parking Lots
1. For games that kick off prior to 4:00 p.m., fans may have open containers in designated lots from 8 a.m. to halftime.
2. For games that kick off 4:00 p.m. or later, fans may have open containers in designated lots from noon to halftime.