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Important Information for Fans

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    With the largest opening-day crowd in franchise history a possibility for Sunday's Chargers-Cowboys game, the Chargers want to remind fans to give themselves plenty of time to get TO the stadium as well as get INTO the stadium on Sunday.

    Key information for fans attending Sunday's game:

    * The parking lot opens at 6 amand is expected to close by 12 Noon
    * Arrive early and carpool or take the Trolley or Chargers Express Bus (www.sdcommute.com)
    * If driving, avoid Interstate 15 south
    * For fans coming from Orangeand Los AngelesCounties, take the Amtrak Surfliner (www.amtrak.com)
    * Get to the entry gates by 12 Noonin preparation for "pat-down" search procedures
    * At the gates, all tickets are now scanned to ease entry and deter counterfeit tickets
    * Fans will find the most up-to-date game-day information at www.chargers.com/stadium.

    New this season, every fan entering Qualcomm Stadium will be subject to a "pat-down" search in an effort to assure a safe and enjoyable game-day experience. Also, in an effort to expedite entrance to the stadium, the Chargers and TicketMaster have partnered to scan tickets instead of tear tickets through the use of bar-code scanning devices. The ticket holder will realize benefits such as speed and ease of entry in addition to deterring counterfeit tickets entering the stadium.

    The Chargers also are urging fans to take the Chargers Express Bus or the Trolley to the stadium. The best and most under-utilized way to get to the stadium and avoid traffic is by riding the Chargers Express Bus. There are five pick-up locations:

    * Kearny Mesa Traffic Court (Clairemont Mesa Blvd. eastof 163).
    * GovernorDrive & I-805 Park & Ride
    * Spring St. Trolley Station (La Mesa, Spring St.at Hwy. 94)
    * MiraMesaPark& Ride
    * PlazaBonitaShopping Center(in National City)

    Chargers Express Bus fare is $8 round-trip and $5 one-way. Bus service to the stadium begins two hours before game time and buses will return fans to their cars 20 minutes after the game ends.

    The San Diego Trolley is now the number-one mode of transportation to the stadium. Now fans can ride the Trolley on the enhanced Green Line between OldTownand Santeebefore and after all games. Charger fans will have increased options along the Green Line from the East County, including the El Cajon Transit Center (Main St. at Marshall); Grossmont Transit Center (8601 Fletcher Parkway at Grossmont Center Dr.) and Grantville (I-8 at Mission Gorge). Fans can also pick up the Trolley at HazardCenter(parking is free on HazardCenter's lower level, corner of Friars Road and Frazee), the OldTown Transit Center (Pacific Highwayat Taylor Street) and PetcoPark. The Green Line begins running three hours before kickoff. Round trip tickets range from $3-6.

    And the Budweiser Power Party located in Section H2 is the perfect tailgate opportunity for fans arriving early on the Trolley. The Power Party kicks off at 9:00 am and features a giant Jumbotron screen and monitors showing all of the early NFL games.

    North County residents can ride the North County Express BREEZE Bus. Buses depart from the Escondido and OceansideTransit Centers. North County Express Bus fare for adults is $10 round-trip and $5 one-way. Children 12 and under are $2 round-trip and $1 for a one-way fair. For more information, visit www.gonctd.com.

    Fans traveling to Sunday's preseason game from Los Angelesand OrangeCounty can ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to the Old Town Trolley Station and then ride the San Diego Trolley to the stadium. For schedule and ticket information, contact Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.

    For fans that must drive to the stadium, they are urged to arrive early and carpool. As usual, there will be heavy congestion around the stadium and one way to avoid the congestion is to stay away from Interstate 15 South. Fans traveling south to the stadium are recommended to take 163 South to Friars Road Eastor take Interstate 8 to Qualcomm Way which also leads to Friars Road East.

    For fans looking to avoid the congestion at the stadium, overflow parking will be available at the Pac Bell building (corner of Friars Roadand Northside Drive), the Mission Valley Marriott and the Town and Country Hotel. There is a $10 charge to park at the Pac Bell building. There is a $5 charge to park at the Mission Valley Marriott and the Town and Country.

    The parking lot is expected to close as early as 12 noonon Sunday. All cars must show a ticket to enter the parking lot which opens at 6 a.m.

    With the parking lot expected to fill early, fans who are planning to tailgate should be reminded that they are only permitted to do so in their parking space. Police will issue citations to fans whose tailgate parties infringe on neighboring parking spaces.

    Gates to the stadium will open at 11 a.m. Club seat and luxury suite ticket holders will be admitted beginning at 10 a.m.In order to be in their seats in time for the 1:05 p.m.kickoff, fans should arrive at the stadium gates by 12 noon.

    Fans will find the most up-to-date game-day information at <a href="http://www.chargers.com/stadium">www.chargers.com/stadium</a>.
     

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