Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy this Saturday in the SODO area when the University of Washington holds its graduation ceremonies at CenturyLink Field with gates opening at 12 noon and the ceremonies wrapping up around 4:30 p.m. or later and the Seattle Mariners taking on the LA Dodgers next door at Safeco Field starting at 4:15 p.m.
Parking has been reserved for the use of Mariners baseball fans only at four nearby garages; advise from the Mariners’ headquarters is that Saturday’s game attendees pre-purchase their parking.
The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists headed to any of the weekend events to help reduce traffic congestion by taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.
Friday, June 8
Seattle Mariners vs LA Dodgers: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field – 23,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the stadium before and after the game.
Saturday, June 9
2012 University of Washington Commencement: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field – 40,000+ attending
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; ceremony concludes at 4:30 p.m. Traffic will likely be extremely heavy as the Mariners game will get under way at 4:15 so fans may still be arriving for the game and hunting for parking places.
Seattle Mariners vs the LA Dodgers: 4:15 p.m..
Safeco Field – 29,000
Expect heavier traffic than usual due to UW Commencement Ceremonies ending at 4:30 at the CenturyLink Field. Motorists are encouraged to pre-purchase parking on-line.
Sunday, June 10
Seattle Mariners vs LA Dodgers: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field – 31,000 attending
Plan for congestion before and after the game on streets surrounding the stadium.