Hello Campus Community,

Homecoming Week 2019 is underway and we hope you are able to participate in the week long celebration. The annual Homecoming Parade will take place this Friday at 6 p.m. and we look forward to seeing you there. Here is some information about the parade that will impact several campus area streets and intersections, including closings, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The parade will begin at the corner of Fourth Street and Kirby Avenue, turn at Pennsylvania Avenue for a block and then continue north on Sixth Street to Gregory Drive, where it heads east past the Undergraduate Library and Morrow Plots. The new route accommodates continuing construction projects.

View the new parade route map.

MTD buses will be running, however, routes through the parade area will be modified, and delays may occur. Please visit the Champaign-Urbana MTD Pulse article titled, “Planning for the Homecoming Parade?” to learn more. Also visit, MTD Reroutes or select a specific route for an update. (Reroute information will be available closer to parade day.)

Parking Lot E15 (Law School) and E2 (Education Building) will NOT be accessible between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. No entrance to or exit from the lot will be allowed.

Staging for the parade will take place in the southeast parking lot at the State Farm Center. Expect delays when traveling in that area.

At 7:00 p.m. most streets and intersections will re-open and buses will return to regular routes. See the note below for exceptions.

Street Closures:
Kirby Avenue from 1st Street to Florida Avenue and Maryland Drive; 4th Street from St. Mary’s Road to Pennsylvania Avenue.; Pennsylvania Avenue. from 4th Street. to 6th Street.; 6th Street from Pennsylvania Ave. to Gregory Drive; Gregory Drive from 6th Street to Goodwin Avenue; Goodwin Avenue from Gregory Drive to Nevada Street

Intersection Closures:

  • Kirby Avenue and 1st Street
  • Kirby Avenue and 4th Street
  • Florida Avenue and Maryland Drive
  • Florida Avenue and Goodwin Drive (westbound)
  • St. Mary’s Road and 4th Street (northbound)
  • 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 6th Street and Peabody Drive
  • 6th Street and Laredo Taft Drive
  • 6th Street and Gregory Drive
  • Gregory Drive and Goodwin Avenue
  • Goodwin Avenue and Nevada Street

NOTE: Kirby Avenue will be closed at Noon, Friday, October 18 to allow Big Ten Network to set up their production trucks on Kirby Avenue for the Tailgate broadcast on Saturday morning. In addition, Kirby Avenue (from Kirby Avenue to Peabody Drive) and 1st Street will be closed at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 for Streetfest.

To see all Homecoming events and full details, please visit the Homecoming website.

In Orange and Blue!

Dr. Danita M. B. Young
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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