Oregon State University faculty, staff and students on the Corvallis campus are asked to prepare to be flexible on Thursday, Oct. 26, as a weekday home game will make parking a little challenging.
Oregon State is playing host to Stanford University in a nationally televised football game at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. As a result, more than 40,000 fans and OSU faculty, staff and students will converge on campus.
All Pac-12 universities agreed several years ago to host at least two weeknight football games every three years.
“Our last weeknight game was in 2015. In the years that OSU has hosted a weeknight football game, we have taken numerous measures to communicate and to minimize disruption and inconveniences that may result,” said Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing. “This year will be no different.”
Faculty, staff and students have a variety of options aimed at easing the traffic burden. On game day, OSU commuter parking permit holders (Zones A, B, C and D) can park in any commuter zone on campus. However, cars belonging to employees and students in the orange lots on the map must be removed by 1 p.m. that day.
The use of public transit is also encouraged. For details about routes and times of service, please see the Corvallis Transit System website. Biking, walking and carpooling are other options, as well as using game-day fan shuttle buses, taxis and ridesharing services. OSU Beaver Bus shuttle service will only operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instead of parking on campus on Oct. 26, faculty, staff and students can utilize a free parking lot at the Benton County Fairgrounds and travel back and forth to campus in a courtesy shuttle. The shuttle will run from 4:30 a.m. through three hours after the game ends.
Eligible employees may also consider telecommuting during game day. Employees must take to their department or business unit heads and managers to receive approval to work remotely on Oct. 26.
Ask a perk, OSU Athletics is offering a special $20 ticket for the Stanford game for faculty and staff in recognition of their many contributions to Oregon State and in appreciation of employee assistance in helping to accommodate this Thursday night game. Call 1-800-GO BEAVS for more information on this special offer.