Husky Stadium Football Game Day Traffic Information
In order to accommodate the increased traffic flow expected in the area on game days, a detailed traffic plan will be implemented. With Husky Stadium now open again, this year’s traffic plan is similar to the traffic plan used in 2011, before the stadium was closed for construction.
Game Day Traffic Restrictions
The game day traffic plan will be implemented approximately two hours prior to the start of each game after which time normal traffic operations will resume until the conclusion of the game, when the post-game traffic plan begins. Below are the basic components of the plan.
- The Washington State Department of Transportation will operate the Montlake Bridge under a modified schedule which will keep the bridge in the down position (open to vehicles and pedestrians) approximately two hours and thirty minutes before the start of the game and up to three hours after the game concludes.
- Seattle Police officers will staff intersections before and after the event in the immediate area to help facilitate safe vehicle and pedestrian flow.
- Lane and traffic restrictions to help control traffic flow will also be implemented throughout the area.
- At the conclusion of the game, Montlake Boulevard NE will be closed to through traffic between NE Pacific Street and NE 45th Street until the traffic volumes exiting the stadium parking lots subsides.
- All northbound traffic crossing the Montlake Bridge, excluding emergency and permit holding vehicles, will be re-routed westbound on NE Pacific Street.
- Southbound traffic traveling toward Husky Stadium will also be detoured away from the stadium.
- All traffic exiting stadium parking lots along Montlake Boulevard NE will be routed northbound.
- Pedestrian traffic is given precedence for the first 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game by Seattle Police officers to help move the crowds safely away from the stadium.
- At the conclusion of the game, NE 25th Street between Montlake Blvd NE and NE 75th Street becomes one-way northbound for approximately two hours.
Parking in the Area
On-street parking in the area is very limited and it is recommended that people attending the game consider other transportation options such as walking, biking, taking the bus or carpooling.
For those driving to the area, it is important to remember to obey all parking restrictions to avoid getting a parking citation. Game-day RPZs have been set up in Zones A, B, 1, 6 and 20 to specifically maintain parking for residents in the area on game days. Click here to see the exact locations of these zones.
Getting to the Game
Traffic in the area is expected to be heavy on all game days and it is recommended that people traveling to the area plan their trips accordingly.
During football season, regular bus routes in the area will be temporarily rerouted.
For information about game day transit service, please call King County Metro at (206) 553-3000 or visit Metro Online at www.metrokc.gov.