N.C. State Fans Face Traffic Hassles With Two Wolfpack Sporting Events In Same Area
Posted October 26, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Wolfpack fever is running high in Raleigh, but the most red and white you may see on Saturday are the tail lights of the car in front of you.
N.C. State's Red and White basketball game will take place at the arena just hours before the football team takes the field against Florida State.
It will be the first time that events at the ESA and Carter Finley Stadium will take place in such a close time frame, putting parking at a premium.
People at the Red and White game who do not have football tickets are being encouraged to stay and watch the game on the arena's Jumbotron.
N.C. State student Jeremy Ingle and his fraternity brothers have planned some creative carpooling.
"We're going to have two truckloads of people basically piled in the back, and we're just going to shuttle everyone over there," he says.
Spaces outside the ESA and Carter-Finley Stadium will be for football parking permit holders only. Everyone else will have to take a shuttle from the fairgrounds.
"From what I see now, we foresee no problem of any type, if people would just leave early, be patient and listen to the troopers," says Capt. R.L. Hayes of thestate Highway Patrol.
The Highway Patrol says the reversible lanes on Edwards Mill Road in front of the arena could also play a key role. Officers believe they will help the traffic flow if there is a lot of congestion when people are leaving the Red and White game and coming to the football game.
N.C. State will increase security at Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday night, just in case the Wolfpack pulls off an upset.