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Plan your route and commute, consider public transportation and be alert for the latest traffic advisories as events leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game begin Friday, Jan. 8.

The game between Alabama and Clemson kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, following three days of concerts and other events in downtown Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Transportation offers these suggestions to help everyone get where they’re going during this time of peak demand for Valley freeways:

  • The Arizona Organizing Committee’s website,, has information on volunteering opportunities, planning your route and a free Fan Express Shuttle connecting key hotels with Championship Campus in downtown Phoenix. The site also allows fans to reserve seats on shuttles heading to the game from around the Valley. Use the Know Before You Go dropdown for shuttle information.
  • Consider making an early start to University of Phoenix Stadium on game day. Championship Tailgate events, free for ticketholders, begin at 11 a.m., and parking lots open at 10:30 a.m. Prepaid parking is available
  • Ticketholders driving from north Scottsdale and north Phoenix should take the Loop 101 to University of Phoenix Stadium rather than routes that would put them on westbound Interstate 10.


  • Commuters planning to use Interstate 10 westbound the afternoon of game day should consider leaving earlier or later than anticipated game traffic. Employers should consider allowing workers using Interstate 10 west to telecommute on game day or flex hours.


  • Valley Metro ( is an option for ticketholders, commuters and those heading to the Championship Campus in downtown Phoenix, including expanded hours of light rail service for events in downtown Phoenix and expanded hours of bus service on Routes 60 and 70 (connecting to expanded light rail service) from University of Phoenix Stadium on game day.


  • Freeway message boards will carry critical updates on current and anticipated traffic as well as recommended exits at University of Phoenix Stadium and in downtown Phoenix.


  • Those heading to Championship Campus events, which begin Friday, Jan. 8, in downtown Phoenix, should consider public transportation and, if driving, avoid using Interstate 10 entrances and exits at Seventh Street to reduce congestion. Freeway message boards will suggest exiting at I-10 and Seventh Avenue, I-10 and Washington Street or Interstate 17 and Seventh Street depending on the direction of travel. Other events will be occurring downtown, so budget extra travel time.


  • ADOT’s Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) and Facebook (/AZDOT) accounts are excellent sources of information, as is the ADOT Traveler Information Center available at or by calling 511. Information on Glendale and Phoenix traffic conditions is available via Twitter at @GlendaleAZPD and @phxstreettrans.


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