Traffic Updates! Accessing the U
On Gopher football game days, drivers should anticipate congestion while travelling to/from and around campus.
Plan ahead and arrive early to avoid potential delays on surface streets or locating parking.
- I-35W will be down to four lanes instead of five on Saturday, October 16. Plan for extra travel time or take another route. The left lane (EZ Pass lane) will be closed both northbound and southbound I-35W between 46th Street and Franklin (reduced to four lanes), starting at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Plan ahead with our recommended travel routes.
Travel map TO the game
Travel map FROM the game (how officers direct traffic AFTER the game)
If you have already purchased parking in a specific location, find a personalized map route planning map based on your specific parking destination.
Download the MnDOT 511 App at 511mn.org for complete freeway/highway closure and detour information.
Bag Policy Reminder!
- Only clear bags will be allowed in the stadium.
- Stadium personnel will provide clear bags in which to transfer any needed items, and a bag check will also be provided in the Williams Arena lobby located on the South side of the building off University Avenue.
- Bag check will open at 9:30 am and close one hour following the game’s conclusion.
- See more specifics.
Current (or Conflicting) Campus Events
After the Game
Because of limited road capacity around the stadium, fans should anticipate that streets around campus will be congested for about one hour after the game. Incidents on the roadways or freeways can increase exiting time.
Last piece of advice: Come early/Stay late – Relax with dining and entertainment before and after games. Take time to explore what the U of M has to offer and beat the traffic.