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Campus Parking on Game Day

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The 2016 FOOTBALL Season has Arrived

The nationally ranked Cougars are drawing more crowds than ever and while all of this attention is great for the team and the University as a whole, the influx of visitors will present some challenges to individuals, including faculty, staff and students traveling to and parking on campus during these games, especially the two weeknight games scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Nov. 17.

Important information regarding the impact these games will have on the parking lots, garages and streets on campus on this site. Please read it carefully and use it to help you adjust your plans and make game days run as smoothly as possible. Start planning now to lessen the impact it will have on you.

2016 Home game schedule

  • Saturday, Sept. 10 - 11 a.m. (vs. Lamar)
  • Thursday, Sept. 29 - 7 p.m. (vs. UCONN)*
  • Saturday, Oct. 15 - TBA (vs. Tulsa)
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 - TBA (vs. UCF)
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 - TBA (vs. Tulane)
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 - 7 p.m. (vs. Louisville)*

    *Please note that the games scheduled on Sept. 29 and Nov. 17 are expected to present the biggest parking and transportation challenges, as they take place on Thursdays
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If you are a Cougar football fan who is looking for information on where to park on game day, please visit this website.


Campus parking plan for Thursday Games

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 21

Mobility and parking on campus will be extremely impacted and congested on both Thursday, Sept. 29 and Nov. 17. On these dates, thousands of Cougar football fans will flood UH at the same time thousands of faculty, staff and students are reporting to campus for work and class.

To help give you an idea of the impacts, below is a timeline of the various road, parking lot and garage closures taking place those days. The lot and garage closures are also depicted on this map.  

PLEASE NOTE: Students with a current UH student ID will be allowed to park in lots 8A, 9B, 9C and 4A at no charge all day, space permitting.

             

MIDNIGHT before the game: Parking lots 12A, 12B, 16B, 16E and half of 15C will be closed. Vehicles must be moved from those lots by that time or they may be towed.

MIDNIGHT before the game: The student and visitor entrances to the Stadium Parking Garage will be closed and remain inaccessible all day Thursday. Individuals who normally park in the garage should instead park in 4A or the ERP lots indicated in yellow on this map.

7 A.M. Thursday: The Cougar Line's PGH/ERP route will be rerouted and will run until midnight after the game.

NOON Thursday: Cullen Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic from Holman to Cougar Place. It will re-open one hour after the game ends. Access to Entrance 14 will remain available for emergency vehicles and necessary deliveries.

NOON Thursday: The Cougar Line's Cullen Oaks Route will stop running for the day.

NOON Thursday:The Cougar Line's PGH/ERP route will be rerouted through Entrance 18, with stops near the Architecture Building and Blaffer Gallery.

NOON Thursday: Faculty and staff members with a permit for the Stadium Parking Garage will instead be permitted to park inside the faculty/staff section of the Welcome Center Garage.

4 P.M. Thursday: Parking lots 6A, 9B, 9C, 16D, 16G, 18A, 19C, 20A, 20C and 21B will transition to football game day parking, which means a donor parking pass or cash will be required to enter. Cars parked in these lots prior to 4 p.m., however, will NOT have to be moved.

4 P.M. Thursday: The East Garage and Welcome Center Student Garage will transition to game day cash parking. Individuals who normally park in these garages should instead park in either 4A or the ERP lots, indicated in yellow on this map.

4 P.M. Thursday: The faculty/staff entrance to the Stadium Parking Garage will be closed. Permit-holders will not be able to drive into the garage after that time but will instead be able to access the Welcome Center Garage via the Entrance 4 drive across from the Hilton with their permit.

MIDNIGHT after the game: The PGH/ERP and Student Center/ERP Cougar Line routes will stop running.



Alternative Options

To avoid the anticipated campus congestion, faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to do one of the following, instead of parking on campus as usual.

Park @ ERP - Your BEST option for campus parking after 4 P.M.

All parkers with a valid UH permit will be permitted to park in these lots free of charge all day, so members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to park here.

Shuttles will take people to and from the main campus, which is only a mile away.

If you do not know where the ERP is located, click here to view a map and here for directions.

PLEASE NOTE, these lots are expected to reach capacity during peak times on Thursday.

Ride METRORail for Free 

Students, faculty and staff with a valid Cougar Card ID will be permitted to ride the METRORail for free on HOME football game days.  METRO buses provide another option; however, riders will be responsible for their fare.

 METRORail riders are encourage to park at one of the following three locations, although space is limited.

  • Northline Transit Center - 7813 Fulton St. - No charge
  • Palm Center  - 5300 Griggs Rd. - No charge
  • South Fannin - 1505 W. Bellfort Ave. - $3 METRO parking fee
Please use this map to choose which location is best for you.

Carpool to campus

In an effort to decrease the number of vehicles traveling to and parking on campus, all Coogs are strongly encouraged to carpool to campus with each other.


 If you are a Cougar football fan who is looking for information on where to park on game day, please visit this website.

Updated Thursday, Aug. 11

Parking plan for Saturday Games

If you are a Cougar football fan who is looking for information on where to park on game day, please visit this website.

Stadium Parking Garage

The faculty/staff, student and visitor entrances will be closed off at midnight the night before the game. Faculty, staff and students who normally park in the garage will be allowed to instead park in any open, available parking lot on campus, including these. If you arrive prior to 4 hours before kick-off, you will be able to park in lots 8A, 9B, 9C 20A, 20C and 21B. If you arrive after that time, they will convert to cash lots and you will not be able to enter without paying. 

East, Welcome Center and Welcome Center Student Parking Garages

The East, Welcome Center and Welcome Center Student Parking Garages will be used for cash parking starting four hours before kickoff. Permit-holders will be allowed to park in their usual garage using their permit, free of charge.

Surface parking lots

Surface lots 12A, 12B, 15C, 16B, 16D, 16E, 16G and 18A will be closed off at midnight the night before Saturday games in preparation for their usage as donor game day parking areas. All vehicles must be removed from these lots by that time. Any vehicles remaining in the lots will be towed. Vehicles can be moved to lots 8A, 9B, 9C or 4A.  

Lots 1B, 6A, 9B, 9C, 17C, 17D, 19C, 19E, 20A, 20C and 21B will be converted into cash lots four hours before game time. Vehicles still in these lots after that time will not be towed. 

Students with a current UH student ID will be allowed to park in lots 8A, 9B, 9C and 4A at no charge.  Vehicles still in these lots after that time will not be towed. 

Cullen Boulevard closure

Cullen Boulevard's northbound and southbound lanes will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Holman Street to Cougar Place at 6 a.m. Saturday and will re-open an hour after the game is over.  Access to Entrance 14 will remain available for emergency vehicles and necessary deliveries.  

Tips for students who need to get to class on game days

  1. Arrive earlier than on a regular class day.
  2. Become familiar with the game day map prior to coming to class on a game day.
  3. Enter campus through Spur 5.