Reno police anticipate heavy traffic for Aces Opener

"Baseball fans attending the sold-out opening home game of the Reno Aces baseball team Friday should plan on arriving early for parking, and should anticipate heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic before and after the game," says Lieutenant Dave Evans of the Reno Police Department's Traffic Division.

"The key to avoiding the heaviest traffic will be early arrival," Evans says. The stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the game scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m.

The Reno Police Department is recommending that fans traveling on U.S. Highway 395 should use the Mill Street exit and take Mill Street westbound; and those driving on Interstate 80 should take the Virginia Street/Sierra Street exit and traveling southbound on Sierra Street to downtown area parking and the stadium. A map showing downtown parking is available on the Reno Aces website at HYPERLINK "http://www.renoaces.com" www.renoaces.com by following the "Ballpark" link at the top of the page to the "Ballpark A to Z Guide."

According to Lieutenant Evans, there will be a number of temporary street closures for the home game opener that include:

Evans Avenue between 2nd Street and 4th Street will remain closed to through traffic, with local business and residential access only from 4th Street.

Kuenzli Street westbound will be closed at Park Street about one hour prior to game time, with westbound traffic detouring southbound onto Park Street.

Second Street eastbound between Lake Street and Evans Avenue will be closed for about one hour at the conclusion of the baseball game.

One lane of Second Street westbound, on the south side of the stadium, will be closed for about a block east of Evans Avenue to allow for emergency vehicle staging.

Evans says there will be additional Reno Police staff on hand to assist with traffic control

for the Reno Aces' first game in their new downtown Reno stadium.

"With thousands of fans expected for this sold-out opener, there will be a lot of pedestrians and lot of vehicles in the area of the new baseball stadium," Evans says. "In addition to urging motorists to be alert to pedestrians, we are asking pedestrians to cross streets safely by using crosswalks and cross at intersections where crosswalks may not be evident."

For More Information: Lieutenant Dave Evans, (775) 334-3844/ 745-1344

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