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Parking and Traffic Changes in Effect for Penn State Homecoming Parade

by on October 10, 2018 12:30 PM

Penn State's annual Homecoming parade will march through campus and downtown State College starting at 6 p.m. on Friday night. Along with it, there will be a number of street closures and parking changes.

The parade will organize in the fields east of Medlar Field and Porter Road from Park Avenue to the Jordan East lot will be closed from 5 to 6 p.m.

Traveling west on Curtin Road, parade participants will cross University Drive and be joined by units that have formed on the fields north of the IM Building. The parade will then move along the following route, which will be closed to traffic until approximately 8:30 p.m.

-    West on Curtin Road to Bigler Road

-    South on Bigler Road to Pollock Road

-    West on Pollock Road to Shortlidge Road

-    South on Shortlidge Road to College Avenue

-    West on College Avenue to Burrowes Road

-    North on Burrowes Road to Curtin Road

-    The parade will disperse at the Burrowes/Curtin intersection

North Burrowes Road between Pollock and Curtin and Curtin Road between Allen Road and North Atherton Street will remain closed until midnight for the Guard the Lion Shrine event.

No parking will be allowed on College Avenue between Garner Street and Atherton Street beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing through the end of the parade. Vehicles parked along the parade route will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense, according to State College police.

Westbound traffic on East College Avenue will be detoured to University Drive, and travel delays are expected on College Avenue, University Drive and Park Avenue. Drivers are advised to avoid these roads and the parade route.


CATA Bus will make routing changes between 5 p.m. and approximately 9 p.m. for the majority of its routes. The A, B, C, F, G, HC, HM, K, M, N, NE, NV, P, R, RC, RP, S, UT, V, VE, VN, W, WE, XB and XG Routes and the White Loop and Red Link will all experience detours while on campus, but will serve all regular stops with the exception of those stops within the areas of the parade route. Pugh Street between Fairmount Avenue and College Avenue also will not be accessible. There will be no Blue Loop service.

The HM, N, NE, P, R, RC, V, VE, W, WE, XB and XG Routes and the Blue Loop, White Loop and Red Link will experience detours around the Guard the Lion Shrine event from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Parking on campus for those who wish to view the parade will be available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations: Lot Red A (west of Atherton Street), Nittany Parking Deck, East Parking Deck, Eisenhower Deck, and HUB Deck. Vehicles entering prior to 4 p.m. or remaining past 9 p.m. in the East, HUB, or Nittany decks will be charged $1 per hour for parking (no charge after 4 p.m. with a valid Penn State parking permit). 

Due to the parade and 7 p.m. men's hockey game at Pegula Ice Arena, all vehicles attempting to exit Jordan East will be required to do so via Dauer Road to University Drive or via the southernmost exit to Porter Road near the outdoor track beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Faculty, staff and students who do not wish to remain parked until the conclusion of the parade, should make plans to remove their vehicles from the following areas before 5:30 p.m. Friday:

-    Yellow H (Shields Building)

-    Yellow H (IM Building)

-    Yellow H (Wagner Building)

-    Orange J (McCoy Natatorium)

-    Lot 42 (north of Building 14)

-    Lot 81 (at Ritner/Wolf Halls and Pollock Building) - vehicles must exit to Mifflin Road then travel south to McKean Road

-    HUB Parking Deck

-    Yellow J (Atherton Hall)

-    Yellow N (College Avenue in front of Health and Human Development)

-    Red H (Noll Lab)

-    Green C (Waring Commons)

-    Red K (ARL) - vehicles will be able to exit west through the FedEx Office parking lot to Atherton Street

For the men's hockey game, general event parking will be available in the Stadium West lot and Jordan East for $5 (cash only), with no charge for vehicles with a valid Penn State parking permit or hockey parking voucher. Fans attending Friday's men's hockey contest are strongly encouraged to park in Stadium West (via Park Avenue), as access to Jordan East will be limited and delays in this area are expected due to parade float staging.

Fans attending Friday's women's soccer match at Jeffrey Field will be able to park in Stadium West (via Park Avenue) using normal game day parking procedures for ticketed event conflicts.

Access to Stadium West is via Curtin Road only. Between 5 and 6 p.m., access via Porter Road to the Jordan East parking lot will be from the College Avenue side of Porter Road using the Porter 5 entrance only and Dauer Road.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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