game Day Parking

Campus Parking on Game Day

Football returns to the University of Houston campus this fall with the opening of the new TDECU Stadium, which means tens of thousands of visitors will descend on the area to root on the Cougars.

Here on this web page you will find important information regarding the impact this year's home football games will have on the parking lots, parking garages and streets on campus. Please read it carefully and use it to help you adjust and make game days run as smoothly as possible. We encourage everyone to start planning now so you can lessen the impact it will have on you.

GAME DAY SCHEDULE

The seven home games on the schedule will take place on the following days. Please note that the highlighted games are anticipated to present the biggest challenge because they take place during the week:

  • Friday, Aug. 29 (vs. UTSA)
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 (vs. Grambling State)
  • Saturday, Sept. 20 (vs. UNLV)
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 (vs. UCF)
  • Friday, Oct. 17 (vs. Temple)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 (vs. Tulane)
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 (vs. Tulsa)

STADIUM PARKING GARAGE

For the Friday, Oct. 17 game, the faculty/staff entrance will be closed at midnight. Faculty and staff who arrive for work on Friday morning can use the student entrance to park in the student area. They also have the option to park on the second or third levels of the Welcome Center Parking Garage. Click here to view a map to the Welcome Center Parking Garage.

Students will be able to use their normal entrance until noon. After that time, the student and visitor entrances will be closed to all vehicles, including faculty and staff. No more vehicles will be allowed to enter the garage after this time. Staff, faculty and students who are already parked in the garage are being asked to move their vehicle out of the garage by 3 p.m.

Those who arrive after the garage is closed will be allowed to park in any ungated lot not being used for donor parking.

For all Saturday home games, the faculty/staff, student and visitor entrances will be closed off at midnight the night before the game. Permit-holders who come to campus on those days will need to park in an alternative location.

EAST PARKING GARAGE

On Friday, Oct. 17, the East Parking Garage will be used for cash parking starting at 4 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students with an East Parking Garage permit will be allowed to park like normal all day. If you arive after 4 p.m., please show your garage permit to the attendant on duty.

WELCOME CENTER PARKING GARAGE

On Friday, Oct. 17, The Welcome Center Parking Garage will be used for cash parking starting at 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff who usually park in the garage will not be affected and can park like normal all day, as long as they have their garage parking permit. If you arrive after 4 p.m., please show your garage permit to the attendant on duty and you will be directed to park on the first floor.

The visitor parking area will close to incoming vehicles at 3 p.m.

Any vehicle already parked in the garage will still be allowed to remain there when the garage is converted to cash parking at 4 p.m.

The garage will also be used for cash parking on Saturday game days.

WELCOME CENTER STUDENT PARKING GARAGE

On Friday, Oct. 17, students will not be allowed to enter the main entrance into the garage starting at 3 p.m. Those who arrive after that time will be directed to enter through Entrance 4 and park on the first floor if spaces are available.

The garage will be used as a cash lot starting four hours before game time. Students who have a Welcome Center Student Garage permit who arrive when the garage is being used as a cash lot will be allowed to enter without having to pay the fee.

The garage will also be used for cash parking on Saturday game days.

SURFACE PARKING LOTS

Surface lots 12A, 12B, 9B, 9C and half of 15C will be closed off at midnight the night before the Friday and 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, 4A, 16D or 16G.

Lots 20A, 20C, 21B, 17A, 17B, 17C, 17D and the Leek Street lots will be converted into cash lots four hours before game time for Friday game days. Vehicles still in these lots after that time will not be towed. The lots will also be used for cash parking on Saturday game days.

COUGAR LINE SHUTTLE SERVICE

On Friday. Oct. 17, the Outer Loop and Campus Loop routes will provide limited service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will stop running four hours prior to game time. Select one of the following loops to view how its route will be altered on game days.

Campus Loop

Outer Loop

The Cougar Line shuttle routes do not operate on Saturdays and thus will not be affected by Saturday games.

ALLEY THEATRE

The Alley Theatre will be performing its entire 2014-2015 season on the UH campus at the Wortham Theatre while its downtown location undergoes renovations. These lots will be staffed by parking attendants and will not be available for people attending football games.

CULLEN BOULEVARD CLOSURE

Cullen Boulevard's northbound and southbound lanes will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Holman Street to Cougar Place approximately 12 hours prior to kickoff and will re-open an hour after the game is over.

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.
  4. Use the Energy Research Park or the East Garage for easier parking.

PARKING AT THE ERP

Students, faculty and staff can always park at the Energy Research Park, which has close to 800 parking spaces. The ERP is located at 5000 Gulf Freeway, about a mile from campus. The Cougar Line shuttle provides continuous service between the ERP parking lots and the University Center. On weekday game days, the ERP will be a good alternative for the UH community.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK THIS PAGE OFTEN, AS DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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