Oregon State will host the University of Washington in a nationally televised football game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

Weeknight games may bring traffic congestion and parking challenges as 40,000 fans and faculty, staff and students gather on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Additionally, Oregon State will host many visitors for its annual fall Family Weekend Nov. 8-10.

Each of us can help lessen congestion by altering how we travel that day to and from the Corvallis campus, saving time, minimizing hassle and enabling an even better university, visitor and fan experience. While we are all Beaver fans, we recognize our first priority is safety; followed by ensuring successful academic, research and university business operations; and showcasing Oregon State University and OSU athletics.

We offer a few considerations and options for commuting on Nov. 8:

  • Parking flexibility. On Nov. 8, OSU parking permit holders can park in any commuter zone (Zones A, B or C) on campus.  However, cars belonging to employees in the red tow lots on the linked map must be removed by 1 p.m. that day.
  • Public transit. We encourage employees to use local transit to travel to and from campus. For details about routes and times of service, please see the Corvallis Transit System website. Meanwhile, the OSU Beaver Bus shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8.
  • To avoid congestion, we encourage you to walk, bike or carpool to campus. A new state program, Get There Oregon, connects OSU employees with colleagues who want to join a carpool.  Register with your OSU email to connect with people in your network. As well, many local ridesharing services are available and provide transportation options. Visit the OSU Transportation Services website for more information.
  • Telecommute. Talk to your department or business unit heads and managers to see if you can receive approval to work remotely.

OSU Athletics is offering a special $20 ticket for the Washington game for faculty and staff in recognition of your many contributions to Oregon State and in appreciation of employee assistance in helping to accommodate Friday night games. Click here for this special offer.  For those attending the game, an Athletics shuttle service is available from the Benton County Fairgrounds ticket booth beginning at 4:30 p.m. It costs $5 and will run until an hour after the game ends.