Boone, and the High Country, are no stranger to large influxs of traffic. Each year heavy travel impacts are felt when ASU fall move-in begins, and in October during the Valle Fair and Woolly Worm Festival. But unlike the above mentioned events, this weekend will mark the first time that over 34,000 people are expected to fill Kidd Brewer Stadium when AppState host the Miami Hurricanes for a college football matchup on Saturday.
Travel impacts due to construction on highway 321 in Blowing Rock are not expected to be an issue, according to Caprice Cheek with NCDOT. Cheek told WataugaOnline.com that any required Friday morning lane closures would be completed by noon. There will be work taking place on Saturday, but Cheek emphasized it is in locations that will not impact the motoring public.
On Friday night a Pep Rally will be held in the Peacock Parking Lot from 6-10pm. The event is free to attend and parking will be available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck, Stadium Lot, Schaefer Center Lot and along King Street. Gameday towing will still begin at 6am on Saturday, Sept. 17 so no vehicles should be left parked overnight.
On game day parking lots and gates on campus will open early to allow students and fans to have plenty of time to enjoy the gameday experience before the noon kickoff. Gates will open at 10am and parking lots will open at 8am.