On campus on Saturday? What you need to know if you’re coming by car, bike or bus

Many bike riders on campus

If you go to the CSURams.com website, you’ll see a countdown clock front and center, ticking down second-by-second, hour-by-hour, day-by-day to the first ever kickoff at the new Colorado State University on-campus stadium. And time is running out!

For employees whose jobs require them to be on campus during a Game Day, those who have tickets for the game, or those who just want to attend the pre-game activities and then head home, there are parking restrictions you need to know — and tips that can help you get to and from campus easier whether you’re traveling by car, bike, or bus.

Parking restrictions apply on the six home Game Days this fall:

Aug. 26, vs Oregon State, kickoff 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 9, vs Abilene Christian, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 14, vs Nevada, TBA
Oct. 28, vs Air Force, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 11, vs Boise State, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 18, vs San Jose State, 1:30 p.m.

Special regulations for driving and parking on Game Day

  • All parking spaces on campus, including street and metered spaces, will be reserved and specially permitted on Game Days. Parking permits for season and mini-plan ticket holders are available through Athletics.
  • All cash lots are located on south campus along Centre Avenue on game days; there are no cash lots available on main campus. Cash lots are $20 per car and must be accessed from Drake Road to Centre Avenue.
  • All entrances onto campus will be closed to vehicles without a special Game Day permit four hours prior to a game.
  • Regular CSU employee and student Parking Services permits are not valid on Game Day, and cars without a valid Game Day permit will be towed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday before the game. This applies to personal vehicles as well as state, federal, and other government vehicles.
  • Guests on campus for special events on a Friday evening before a Game Day must move their vehicles off campus 45 minutes after the conclusion of the event if it ends after 10 p.m.
  • Spots reserved for CSU employees whose jobs require them to be on campus during the game require a special Game Day permit which must be obtained in advance through the employee’s college, unit or division. Permits will not be issued through the CSU Parking Services office.
  • Residence hall students with a valid 2017-18 CSU parking permit are required to park in one of six campus lots for free, and are provided a shuttle to/from all repark lots.
  • The ADA-designated Game Day lots — 573 and 575 — are located on Lake Street west of College Avenue. Lot 575 is also the ADA accessible drop-off area, where a steady and convenient flow of shuttles will take those with ADA needs to the stadium.
  • Parking in neighborhoods near campus is strongly discouraged. Most neighborhoods have parking permit programs through the city and anyone parking without a permit risks heavy fines and having their cars towed.
  • Traffic patterns will be set for inbound traffic only onto campus four hours before kickoff. Once on campus, vehicles will not be able to leave until after the start of the game. Traffic patterns will be set for outbound traffic only starting at halftime until about 90 minutes after a game.

Alternatives to driving

Employees and students may ride Transfort buses or MAX for free if they need to report to work or plan to attend the game.

  • Free Transfort bus service will be available on Game Day, starting four hours before the game, with enhanced service beginning two hours prior to kickoff, and extending one hour following the game.
  • Buses will arrive Lory Student Center Transit Center. Buses will depart from the south side of the stadium.
  • Buses are ADA accessible.
  • Download the Ride Transfort App to find the stop nearest to you and boarding times, or text 41411 with the message TFORT and a bus stop ID number (shown on all bus stop signs) for arrival times.
  • Download a printable map of alternative transportation routes or check out the interactive map at maps.colostate.edu


  • MAX Bus Rapid Transit is free on Game Days.
  • MAX stops at 12 stations on Mason Street between the South Transit Center south of Harmony Road and Old Town, including two on campus – at Prospect Road and at University Station near the Oval – and at Mason and Laurel streets.
  • For more information, visit ridetransfort.com/max.

Ride Share Alternatives

  • Uber, Lyft and taxi service will transport fans to the front of the University Center for the Arts, just east of College Avenue on Remington Street between East Pitkin and East Lake streets.
  • Walk west through the underpass at College Avenue to reach the stadium. 

Biking or Walking to Campus

  • Access campus by bike or foot via three underpasses:
    • Prospect and Center
    • Shields and Elizabeth
    • College between Pitkin and Lake
  • Protected crossings and bike routes can be found on the downloadable bicycle route map.
  • Bike racks are available a short walk from the stadium, in addition to 17,250 spaces at racks across the campus, mostly on the east side near classroom buildings. They’ll be marked with large vertical banners.
  • Game Day bike valet, east of the stadium on Pitkin Street near the Newton Sculpture, will store bikes, and lockers are available to store paniers. Bring your own bike U-lock.
  • Do not lock bikes to posts or trees. Illegally parked bikes may be impounded.

Questions? Concerns?

A non-emergency call line has been established for providing feedback or asking questions about Game Day operations: (970) 491-6777. The line accepts recorded messages 24-hours per day. Also, you can use an online form at: Source.ColoState.edu/GameDayFeedback.