Parking Requires Planning for NCAAs, Louisville KY Metro Says

From Metro Government

Twitter hashtag — #louparking — will show available parking in real time

LOUISVILLE KY —  Fans headed to the KFC Yum! Center for NCAA basketball tournament action this week are advised to come early, find parking and enjoy downtown restaurants and attractions. Parking and traffic will be challenging due to lingering Ohio River flooding near the waterfront arena and the ongoing bridges construction project. Parking will also be in shorter supply Wednesday and Thursday with people working downtown.

biebertrafficFans headed to Wednesday’s public practice sessions or Thursday’s opening round games can find a full list of parking locations at — the site scales to mobile devices for easy use.

People can also see what garages and parking lots have open spaces by using the twitter hashtag #louparking — attendants in city-owned and private parking lots will use that hashtag to show open spots. Simply search for that hashtag on twitter

With top-ranked Kentucky, plus regional schools, Cincinnati and Purdue competing in the NCAA Midwest regional, thousands of fans are expected to drive into Louisville for the tournament action at the Yum! Center.

Adding to the excitement — and traffic and parking challenges — will be a royal visit to Louisville Friday. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will visit several locations throughout the day.

“This will be a super-exciting week for our city hosting both basketball fans and Prince Charles,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Basketball fans should come in early and enjoy downtown and the many new restaurants and attractions that have opened since the last time we hosted the NCAA men’s basketball regional in 2012.”