April 02, 2019 10:27 PM
An expected opening day crowd of nearly 20,000 people is expected at Allianz Field, next Saturday, for the Minnesota United FC home match, and parking and transportation plans have been laid out by the City of St. Paul.
Kate Mudge, Executive Director of Midway-Hamline District Council, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS people in her neighborhood are "cautiously optimistic" about parking and public safety concerns for opening day.
"We are excited to see the soccer stadium open and we are pleased the city has shared their plans with us," said Mudge. "So, time will tell how well it goes after the first few events."
St. Paul has a portal on its web page to help people navigate different transportation and parking options as they travel to the Midway area for stadium events.
The city's portal said the Green Line LRT will handle about 600 people per trip and there will be extra bus capacity to carry about 100 passengers on each bus and there will be 2,500 parking spaces with stadium shuttles at the State Fairgrounds.
Mudge said neighbors of the stadium are also hopeful the city's efforts to encourage as many people as possible to walk or bike to the stadium will pay off, too.
"Obviously, the more people who walk, bike or take public transit will help ease the parking situation for those of us who live in nearby neighborhoods where street parking is critical for us," said Mudge.
The city's web page said the east and west LRT platforms on University Avenue, intersecting with Snelling Avenue, should be able to handle 1,800 passengers waiting in line, which is about 900 people on each platform.
The city's website said the only area where tailgating will be allowed is in the parking areas at the Fairgrounds.
Updated: April 02, 2019 10:27 PM
Created: April 02, 2019 09:49 PM
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