DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thousands of fans will arrive to the University of Dayton Arena Tuesday to watch the first two games of the NCAA First Four tournament.
The University has teamed up with Dayton police to limit traffic congestion and ensure fans are in their seats as quickly.
“We can get people in and out of the Arena really quick,” said Lt. Andrew Booher, with Dayton police. “The timing of the games is significant in that it allows for a smooth transition in traffic.”
The University of Albany will take on Mount St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. Then, North Carolina State will play Xavier at 9:30 p.m.
“You’ll still need to allow extra time to get to your seats,” said Lt. Booher. “Interstate 75 and state route 35 will be your best main routes. Expect more traffic as many Xavier fans will be using 75 south to get to the Arena.”
Officers will be directing traffic and controlling traffic signals on Edwin C. Moses at 75 and Stewart street in an effort to ease congestion.
“We’ll have the roads sectioned off with cones to help direct people to the right areas,” said Lt. Booher. “As traffic starts to back up a little bit officers will hold the signals so we can get people off the highway or bridge and into the arena area faster.”
Tickets and parking passes can be purchased in person only at the UD Arena ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased online.
Lot D is designated as $15 general parking for those who do not have a pre- purchased parking pass.
Police and University security will be patrolling parking lots while games are underway at UD Arena.