News from the Hilltop
October 27, 2009
Campus Community (and visitors),
The Birmingham-Southern Campus Police Department reminds everyone that the annual Magic City Classic football game will be played at Legion Field adjacent to campus this coming weekend, October 31, 2009, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. As many as 70,000 fans are expected to attend the Magic City Classic, with several thousand more in the area for various game activities. Additionally, there will also be a BSC home football game at Panther Stadium on campus that day.
In anticipation of these events, the following message is designed to describe the plan developed between the Birmingham Police Department and BSC in order to best facilitate traffic exiting and entering campus on October 31. Please note that even with a viable plan in place, you should expect heavy traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods if you choose to leave campus that day.
Prior to the game:
- Arkadelphia Road will become one-way toward Legion Field which will mean campus traffic will not be allowed to exit Bruno Drive and turn left toward the interstate. Exact time unknown, but likely to begin early in the morning.
- Exit 123 to Arkadelphia Road as you are coming to campus from downtown Birmingham will be open, but traffic will likely be heavy.
- Exit 123 to Arkadelphia Road as you are coming to campus from Tuscaloosa/Bessemer will be closed.
After the game:
- Arkadelphia Road will become one-way toward the interstate, but there will be extremely limited, if at all, opportunities for BSC traffic to turn left off of campus toward the interstate. This will be determined by traffic, but the light at the intersection of Bruno Drive and Arkadelphia will not control traffic during peak periods.
Throughout the day, the gate just below (south) of the new Urban Environmental Park along 8th Avenue will be open. There will be a BSC Campus Police Officer at that gate from 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning until 10:00 p.m. that night (later if necessary). There also will be a Birmingham Police Officer in the street at that location (8th Avenue) allowing campus traffic to exit or enter campus. The following are directions for using this entrance.
- First, when traveling to the BSC campus, we advise that you not use the Arkadelphia Road exit (Exit 123) from Birmingham. Instead, go to the next exit (Exit 121), exit to the right, turn left back under the overpass and proceed straight for approximately 1.2 miles on Bush Boulevard until you cross over Graymont Avenue to 8th Avenue and proceed straight ahead to the first BSC gate on your left. You will be met at that point by a Birmingham Police Department officer for assistance.
- If coming to campus from the west/south (Tuscaloosa, Bessemer etc.), get off on Exit 120, proceed straight to the second red light, turn right and proceed straight until you merge with Bush Boulevard. Continue from there until you cross over Graymont Avenue to 8th Avenue and proceed straight ahead to the first BSC gate on your left. You will be met at that point by a Birmingham Police Department Officer for assistance.
- If leaving campus heading toward Birmingham, exit campus at the gate below the new Urban Environmental Park on 8th Avenue, turn immediately right and proceed straight on Bush Boulevard for approx. 1.2 miles to interchange 121. Follow interstate signs along the route.
- If leaving campus heading toward south/west (Tuscaloosa, Bessemer, etc.), exit campus at the gate below the new Urban Environmental park on 8th Avenue, turn immediately right and proceed straight on Bush Boulevard until you reach the first traffic light just beyond interchange 121. At that light, turn left and proceed to the next light. At that light, turn right and proceed to interchange 120. Follow interstate signs along the route.
While not mandatory to exit or enter campus, bright orange placards have been made for students, faculty, and staff to place on your car dash on this day in order to clearly identify you as part of the BSC community. These placards will assist those directing traffic in getting you on and off campus as efficiently as possible. Placards can be obtained from Student Affairs, the housing staff/Residence Life, the Campus Police Office in the Student Services building, or at the Campus Police Office at the Main Gate on Bruno Drive.
If you have questions regarding any of this, please contact Chief Randy Youngblood, Deputy Chief Carl Wilson, or Sgt. Jeff Harris in the Campus Police Office at 205/226-4700.