Opening night a test on and off the field
2007 Texas Football parking and traffic information
It wasn't only Texas Football coach Mack Brown who had to prepare a game plan for the 2007 season opener against Arkansas State in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Given the ongoing construction in the north end, the UT Athletics department, with the input and approval of numerous campus and community agencies, implemented a comprehensive traffic, security and parking flow plan.
And like Coach Brown, UT officials understand this is more than a one-game effort.
In fact, the focus to improve security, safety and traffic flow on game day comes in preparation for the 2008 season and beyond when there will be more than 90,000 patrons at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium for each home contest.
Opening night garnered positive reviews on the 12,000 seats in the lower half of the north end. Those seats are 30 yards closer to the action than they had been in the previous configuration.
Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden sat in one of those seats -- section 14, row 22, seat 27 -- and wrote of his experience, "The new north end of Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is worth the $176 million Texas is plunking down for this renovation. ...As for the whole seating experience, the getting to my seat was a snap. I spoke with 20 fans seated in the north end and each one gave a positive review."
Thus, both game plans produced successful outcomes.