A presentation to the Indiana University Board of Trustees Thursday aims to change the way traffic moves around Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall on days of home basketball and football games. Assistant Vice President for Real Estate and Economic Development Lynn Coyne said the plan is simple — create one-way streets to funnel cars clockwise around the stadiums before the games and counterclockwise afterward.
Trustees Pat Shoulders and Tom Reilly suggested that would mean active, on-the-ground control by several police agencies which help control game-day traffic — a presence both men said they’d only seen sporadically in the past. Coyne said he hopes beginning the driving restrictions two hours before games begin will help alleviate some of the concern.
“A lot of it depends on where you are and when you’re there,” Coyne said. “In the past, the traffic circulation hasn’t been implemented until an hour before a game. So until that point in time, [the police] may not have had any duties.”
Coyne admits the University must still hammer out an agreement which establishes jurisdiction of game days between campus, city, and state police. Coyne said he’d like fans to find the new traffic patterns convenient enough that they can be an economic driver for the city.
“We’re hopeful [the traffic pattern] could enhance opportunities for the city. These are people that aren’t rapidly speeing through — maybe they would stop and have lunch or go to the mall.”
In addition, an agreement must be struck with state transportation officials to manage the flow of traffic between Indianapolis and Bloomington along State Road 37. Coyne says the campus traffic plan is moot if fans can’t get to the stadium in the first place.