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Visitor Guide / parking & transportation
A capacity crowd is expected for the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl. Coupled with downtown construction, fans should plan their local transportation and downtown parking in advance.
The best options are one fo the four convenient VIA Park & Ride options (highly recommended and only $2.50 each way) and Downtown Bus (the Downtown Shuttle and new PRIMO 100 routes both drop off under the Alamodome and only cost $1.20 each way).
Parking at the Alamodome is available by pre-purchased permit only. Those permits are fully committed meaning the Alamodome lots are at capacity. There will not be any onsite parking for sale on game day.
If you are driving to the game and don't have a parking pass, your best bet is come early and look for open lots in downtown by exiting the Houston or Commerce exits along Interstate 10/35 (these are 1 mile west of the 281/37 exits off the same streets). Avoid the construction on Cesar Chavez.
In general, Interstate 281/37 will be congested several hours prior to kickoff so avoid trying to get to the stadium and then working back to available parking. To research routes to surface lots, click the Downtown Parking tab. The easiest access to downtown will be from the west and Interstate 10/35.
- Park & Ride
- Downtown Bus
- Downtown Parking
- Parking Permit Holders
- Bowl Bus
Park & Ride is the best way to get to the game especially given the downtown construction projects currently underway and the capapcity crowd expected. It's available with free parking for VIA riders (must purchase VIA fare). Locations offer lighted and secured parking.
Bus service and token purchase from the Park & Ride locations to the Alamodome will start at 2 pm (3 hours and 45 minutes before kickoff). Fan Zone activities begin at noon at Sunset Station and the Alamodome's North Plaza so arrive early.
Return service will be available every 30 minutes throughout the game and will run for an hour after the conclusion of the game. For more information visit www.viainfo.net.
Tokens will be sold at the Park & Ride locations or online at http://stores.viaonlinestore.net/StoreFront.bok
FULL FARE: $2.50 each way
*HALF FARE: $1.25 each way
*(discounted fare, please see http://www.viainfo.net/FaresAndPasse/ReducedFare.aspx for details)
A- Airport Park & Ride (1326 Northern Blvd-east of cell phone waiting lot) - 700 parking spaces
B- Crossroads Park & Ride (151 Crossroads Blvd) - 550 parking spaces
C- Madla Transit Center (1584 Cantrell) - 135 parking spaces
VIA has several routes carrying visitors and locals throughout the downtown area. PRIMO 100 (formerly the Yellow Route) or buses marked "Downtown Shuttle" go through the center of town and service the Alamodome. On game day, fans are dropped off at the North entrance of the Alamodome at the Thompson Center Transit Station.
A VIA attendant will direct you to the best option.
PRIMO runs every 12-15 minutes. There is also a PRIMO line coming from the Medical Center so check VIA's website on the best ways to get to the game from there.
The Downtown Shuttle runs every 10 minutes starting at 2:45 p.m. east on Market from Downtown UTSA and will run a full hour after the game.
PRIMO (Exact change is required)
FULL FARE: $1.20 each way
*HALF FARE: $0.60 each way
ALL DAY FARE: $4 (please visit http://www.viainfo.net/Documents/Marketing/RetailOutlets012008.pdf for locations to purchase All Day Fare)
*(discounted fare, please see http://www.viainfo.net/FaresAndPasses/ReducedFare.aspx for details)
For more information on the PRIMO route please visit http://www.viainfo.net/images/planning/Jun12/DowntownBrochure.pdf
PRIMO 100 Stops:
The Thompson Center is at the Alamodome and the loop goes west along Commerce Street and back to the Alamodome east along Dolorosa/Market Street. For the least congestion, most parking options and quickest route to the game, fans should come downtown via IH-10 West and park near the PRIMO stop by UTSA's downtown campus. All stops are marked with a red pole. PRIMO is also a great option for fans wanting to be dropped off post-game downtown as The Alamo and Commerce & Navarroa are convenient to hotels and the River Walk..
Other Downtown VIA Routes:
Downtown San Antonio has a variety of Parking Garages and Surface Lots where fans can park and get to the game. Fans can park in a downtown lot and take a Downtown Shuttle or PRIMO 100 bus route for a $1.20 through downtown to the Alamodome. Lots range in price depending on location. Visit http://downtownsanantonio.org/files/user/page96/DTAParkingMap2012_web.pdf for list of downtown Parking Garage and Surface Lot parking options or view the Downtown Alliance Parking Map
If you are coming down 35 South to the game, here are three options:
- Exit N. New Braunfels and head south (left) toward to the lots north of the Alamodome (2 miles).
- Take 281/37 South, the most direct route to downtown/Alamodome, and exit Brooklyn or Houston but be prepared for congestion around kickoff.
- Stay on 35 South and go around downtown and exit Cesar Chavez/Downtown. You are 2 miles from the Alamodome so continue heading west to find available parking and/or yellow route stops.
To get back to your car or the River Walk, please note the pedrestian bridge starting at the Northeast corner of the Alamodome is closed. Fans need to go north through Sunset Station to Commerce and take a left toward downtown.
Taxi cabs pick-up at the Alamodome's south entrance but for those going downtown it will be quicker and easier to either walk, take a downtown shuttle or PRIMO 100 bus for only $1.20 per person. It runs continually post-game for on street level of Alamodome's north entrance. Taxis are also available at several downtown hotels a short walk to the northeast from the Alamodome.
Getting to the game
Leaving the game
Please note the above directions are based on the 2013 traffic plan. The 2014 plan will be emailed to all passholders at least one week prior to the game. All parking is presold and there are no more permits available.
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