TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Homecoming is the University of Toledo's longest running tradition, but because of road construction on Bancroft, the University is making changes to accommodate traffic.
This year's parade starts at 8:00 AM Saturday, October 7. The University says the route will go in the opposite direction, starting at the corner of West Bancroft and Campus Road, heading east to Cheltenham Road to Christie Street, west to to Middlesex Drive and returning to West Bancroft.
The University says from 7:00-10:00 AM Saturday, the streets in this area, as well as the entrances to Campus Drive and West Tower View, will be closed to traffic. But drivers will notice an even bigger change, beginning late Friday. Two lanes of Bancroft will be reopened to allow traffic to get through in both directions during the course of homecoming weekend. These lanes will close again early Monday morning for crews to resume working on a sewer line project.
As for parking, areas 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 18 and 28 near the Glass Bowl will be closed to the general public, students and employees. The university suggests parking in lots 1, 2, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 and the East and West parking garages, but lots 12, 13 and the West parking ramp will not be open until the end of the homecoming parade at 11:00 AM. These areas will not charge for parking.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early, and should expect traffic delays.