Aug. 29, 2008
ATLANTA, GA – Due to major lane closures scheduled on the Downtown I-75/I-85 Connector in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend, the staff at the Georgia Dome, Chick-fil-A College Kickoff and Georgia Department of Transportation encourage all football fans to take MARTA to the Alabama vs. Clemson College Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome and pre-game festivities at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, August 30.
Fans who wish to avoid delays traveling into Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff game and activities are urged to follow these guidelines:
1. ARRIVE EARLY: Allow plenty of time and plan to arrive early to take advantage of the various pre-game activities in Centennial Olympic Park, including ESPN’s live broadcast of College Gameday at 10 a.m. and the College Kickoff FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero from noon – 6 p.m. Admission to both events is free. A full list of the day’s activities can be found at www.chickfilabowl.com.
2. TAKE MARTA INTO DOWNTOWN: Motorists traveling into the city for game day events are strongly urged to park at an outlying MARTA station and ride the train into downtown to avoid the construction zone. For only $1.75 each way, customers can take the East/West rail line to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W1) and walk directly into the Georgia Dome and to Centennial Olympic Park. Customers taking the North/South rail line will need to transfer to the West Line at the Five Points rail station and travel one stop to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station. Customers can purchase round-trip fare, daily passes or multi-day visitor passes from any of MARTA’s 38 train stations. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all MARTA parking facilities and MARTA has over 25,000 free daily parking spaces available. For more information on rail stations, MARTA routes and schedules, please visit www.itsmarta.com.
3. USE ALTERNATE ROUTES: If you are traveling by car and plan to park downtown, please use the suggested alternate routes listed on the attached map all day Saturday, August 30.
“We are incredibly excited to host this first time event,” said Georgia Dome General Manager Carl Adkins. “It is going to be a full day of college football activities in the Park and an exciting game at the Dome. Fans should come early so they don’t miss any of the action.”
Remember that planning a route and leaving plenty of travel time are the best ways to ensure the best possible experience. The following resources are available to help you plan ahead as you make your way downtown. These provide the most up-to-date information available: Georgia 511: www.511ga.org MARTA: www.itsmarta.com
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