'Anybody who knows anything about Autzen stadium will take the bus'
LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Eugene will host an international soccer match for the first time ever at Autzen Stadium this Sunday, July 24.
With big events like this - the artificial turf at Autzen has been covered with grass for the first time since 1969 - some community members are concerned with transportation.
Alfred Wilkins has ridden the bus regularly for 15 years. "I think that anybody who knows anything about Autzen Stadium will take the bus," said Wilkins.
Wilkins used to work security at Autzen, so he said he knows how tough transportation can be around the stadium.
"I know that it can be such a mess," he said.
Wilkins said Lane Transit District told him there would be one bus per hour.
"Very often on a Sunday that's not even enough for a regular traffic," he said.
NBC 16 asked LTD about transportation for this big event, with two of the top soccer teams in the world.
"We're very confident we will have adequate capacity to get people to and from the game in a timely fashion," said Meg Kester, Marketing and Communications Manager for LTD.
LTD said a total of 25 buses will provide services to the event. The tranist district will also have backup buses running if needed.
"LTD in a small way is often a part of the experience that people have," said Kester
Upwards of 30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to attend the match.
Wilkins said that if LTD does not have enough buses, he plans to use another mode of transportation instead.
"I may tell my daughter to bring her bicycle," he said.
There are six parking lots for people who want to catch the "Autzen Express" to the soccer match.
- River Road station
- Valley River Center station
- Downtown Eugene station
- Springfield station
- Symantec station
- Thurston stations
Shuttle service starts at noon. Shuttles back to park and ride locations will happen immediately after the game and continue for an hour.
For more details, visit the LTD website.