Plan for Heavy Traffic During Nov. 10 Football Game

Duke hosts UNC for Thursday night game

Managers are encouraged to be flexible with employee schedules on Thursday, Nov. 10, in order to minimize traffic congestion on campus as part of a nationally televised football game that evening.

Duke will host University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for a 7:30 p.m. game in which more than 30,000 fans are estimated to attend. Significant traffic is expected on area roads at a time when a similar number of employees will be leaving work for the day. This convergence is likely to generate traffic congestion on and around campus beginning in late afternoon. To shorten travel time leaving campus, Duke community members are encouraged to avoid using Towerview Road, Science Drive and Duke University Road as much as possible.

Duke Athletics staff will provide real-time information on the Gameday Operations Twitter feed. Additionally, this special "what to expect" guide will help fans and others navigate the game, parking and traffic.

In order to make for a smoother transition in traffic that evening, Duke administrators are asking supervisors to allow employees who are not attending the game to depart early or work from home where feasible to reduce the number of vehicles on roads. Health care providers working second shift at Duke Medical Center on Nov. 10 are encouraged to allow extra travel time to ensure their ability to arrive on time.

Duke is making arrangements to relocate some vehicles from Green Zone parking lots to parking garages, as parking in the core of Duke’s campus will be highly constrained. Parking lots for game traffic will open to the public starting at 5 p.m., and those who plan to attend the game are encouraged to carpool or ride the bus.

“While we want to keep disruption to a minimum, we also want to acknowledge and prepare for the unique circumstances of this nationally televised event and the logistical challenges it will bring,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration.

Game Day Service Impacts to Duke Buses

Due to increased traffic on-and-around campus, Duke Transit passengers should expect delays system-wide after 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Adjustments to routes include:

  • The PR1: Bassett-Research route will end early at 7 p.m.
  • The LL: LaSalle Loop route will be detoured at half-time - projected to be about 9 p.m. - and will not use LaSalle Street south of Erwin Road or Circuit Drive for the remainder of the evening. Instead, the route will serve passengers at scheduled southbound and northbound stops on Research Drive, proceeding to Morreene Road and Campus Walk via Erwin Road.

In addition, GoDurham's Route 20 service to the Cameron Boulevard-Science Drive stop will end after the scheduled 5:03 p.m. departure time.