LSU post-game traffic plan ‘success,’ but some say wait until top SEC team, traffic roll in _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Pedestrians walk across Nicholson Drive in a pedestrian buffer created by contraflow directing traffic away from Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, after the LSU vs. Sam Houston State football game.

LSU decided to do away with Nicholson Drive contraflow in its 2015-16 football season traffic and parking plans, starting with the Tigers’ first home game against McNeese State 6 p.m. Thursday.

The 2014 plan included double-lane contraflow on Nicholson Drive southbound after the game, but this year lanes will travel both ways on that road as part of LSU’s new strategy to combat post-game stop and go. Instead, plans are to push traffic toward Burbank Drive.

Due to on-campus construction, LSU also plans to open the University Recreation Fields off Gourrier Avenue for parking, a move that will provide fans with roughly the same amount of parking spots as last year.

Outside of these adjustments, parking and traffic flow will mimic last year’s approach. The parking map for this year can be found here.

The Advocate would like to hear about your experience with parking and navigating traffic to and from LSU games. Did contraflow help or hurt? How do you think last year’s plan worked? Contact reporter Dani Maddox at dmaddox@theadvocate.com, (225) 388-0369, or on Twitter @Dani_Maddox4.