Construction Alters Routes to Stadium

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Construction on Denison Avenue east of Bill Snyder Family Stadium will alter traffic routes for fans attending K-State's season-opening football game Saturday against Illinois State.

While it is being widened to three lanes, Denison Avenue is closed to through traffic between Kimball Avenue on the north and Kerr Drive on the south.

This will impact fans who normally utilize Denison to access public parking at the Peters Recreation Complex, the College of Veterinary Medicine or the KSU Sheep Farm north of Kimball.

Fans wishing to park at the Peters Recreation Complex will need to enter off Kimball at Gate 9. Those parking at the sheep farm should utilize Kimball or come south on Denison from Marlatt Avenue.  The Vet Med complex can be reached on Denison only from the south.

Officials said for exiting purposes after the game, one lane southbound on Denison will be available from the Peters Recreation Complex only.

Once completed, the Denison Avenue project will feature improved intersections at Claflin Road and at Jardine Drive as well as new right-hand turn bays at Anderson and Kimball Avenues.

Officials said that other area road projects should have little effect on football traffic. In Manhattan, construction of the new interchange of K-18 at Seth Child Road is nearing completion.

For those fans traveling to Manhattan from the west on K-18, construction is underway between I-70 and the Kansas River bridge where adjacent lanes are being added to create a four-lane roadway.  No significant traffic delays are expected as a result of this project, but drivers are urged to use caution as construction work is scheduled to continue on game days. 

Athletics officials reminded fans that parking lots at Bill Snyder Family Stadium open five hours prior to kickoff.  Parking on the east and west sides of the stadium is reserved to donors of the Ahearn Scholarship Fund and requires a pass. 

All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas on campus.  Parking charges for those lots generally is $10.