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Going to the Oregon game? Plan ahead - and be prepared for traffic

University of Oregon Ducks footall fans gather for the 2017 Spring Game at Autzen Stadium. The Spring Game will serve as the first exhibition of Coach Willie Taggart's newly assembled coaching staff. Cost of admission was three cans of non-perishable food to benefit Food for Lane County. Photo by Austin Hicks, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Are you going to Oregon football's season opener Saturday?

Great!

How are you getting there?

Not going? That's fine. But you might want to pick a different route if you have to drive anywhere near Autzen Stadium.

Bottom line: Eugene Police asks fans to have a plan - and know what to expect in advance.

RIDE THE BUS | Lane Transit District offers the Autzen Express from 8 park and ride locations across Eugene and Springfield.

HAVE A PLAN | Know how you plan to get there; where you plan to park; and how you plan to get home.

OBEY THE LAW | Traffic cones set up to control traffic on game days are traffic control devices, just like stop signs or stop lights. "Failure to obey these cones patterns or the officers who are directing traffic, may lead to a $300 citation," police said in a statement.

BE PATIENT | Oregon football games attract 60,000 people to the Autzen Stadium area. Leave plenty of time and don't be in a rush, police ask.

DRIVE SOBER | "Local law enforcement agencies want football fans to enjoy themselves but to do so responsibly," police said. "By not drinking excessively and designating sober drivers, fans can help prevent tragedies from occurring."

Police urge drivers to seek alternate routes

"In order to ease congestion in the Ferry Street/Coburg Road area on the day of the game, we recommend that motorists not traveling to the game use alternate routes to access the area during their commutes," Eugene Police said in a statement. "Alternate routes such as the Washington/Jefferson Street Bridge, Delta Highway, Cal Young Road, Harlow Road, Goodpasture Island Road, and Green Acres/Cresent Avenue are several ways motorists can access the Coburg Road area without competing with traffic from the game."

After the game, police suggest taking the Club Road exit to downtown as an alternative for accessing northbound Delta Highway to Beltline. This allows you to avoid Coburg Road north from MLK Boulevard.

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