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Haven’t been to a game in a while, may be heading up for Purdue. My normal move is to arrive early, park at Old Capitol Mall, hit downtown/campus for a while before walking over to the stadium area. Is that still feasible?

Second question/option, where could one reasonably tailgate on the outskirts? I recall folks in the past in the library parking lot but it’s been a while. Nothing crazy with grills or anything. Just a place to crack a cooler, kids can throw a football around, and that’s about it.

I‘ll hang up and gfm.
 

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Haven’t been to a game in a while, may be heading up for Purdue. My normal move is to arrive early, park at Old Capitol Mall, hit downtown/campus for a while before walking over to the stadium area. Is that still feasible?

Second question/option, where could one reasonably tailgate on the outskirts? I recall folks in the past in the library parking lot but it’s been a while. Nothing crazy with grills or anything. Just a place to crack a cooler, kids can throw a football around, and that’s about it.

I‘ll hang up and gfm.
I usually park in the courthouse lot. There are some tailgaters there but it is more for convenience and cost b/c I usually walk to other tailgates from there.
 

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Yes, you can still park downtown in one of the ramps. I’ve only ridden through, but Hancher looks fun. There’s a shuttle, but it’s not a bad walk.
 
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Years ago when I was into hosting tailgates with friends we parked in that EPB lot along the river by the Main Library. Folks still do. Not a bad walk and at least it's downhill on the way back. FYI, if you cross behind the new Pharmacy building (where Quad used to be) that sidewalk over Riverside Dr. is usually less congested than Burlington St. after the game.
 
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I usually park in the courthouse lot. There are some tailgaters there but it is more for convenience and cost b/c I usually walk to other tailgates from there.
Yes, you can still park downtown in one of the ramps. I’ve only ridden through, but Hancher looks fun. There’s a shuttle, but it’s not a bad walk.
Years ago when I was into hosting tailgates with friends we parked in that EPB lot along the river by the Main Library. Folks still do. Not a bad walk and at least it's downhill on the way back. FYI, if you cross behind the new Pharmacy building (where Quad used to be) that sidewalk over Riverside Dr. is usually less congested than Burlington St. after the game.
Hancher filled up early last week. Just a heads up
Thanks all, very helpful. Grabbed a spot in Lot 3 by the Library/EPB (memory is fuzzy on exact layout).
 

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Parking right next to Kinnick, what's a reasonable amount of time I won't be able to get out after? I know basketball can take a solid 50 minutes to clear out.
 
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Parking right next to Kinnick, what's a reasonable amount of time I won't be able to get out after? I know basketball can take a solid 50 minutes to clear out.
Depends on the game, this week won't be too bad (hopefully its a blowout). But when we parked in Kinnick Society lot for night games it would take 2.5 hours just to get to the interstate.
 

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As Carl said, it depends on the game. This week will be easy. They only allow traffic to flow one way on Hawkins and Melrose, so it’s pretty smooth.
 

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Depends on the game, this week won't be too bad (hopefully its a blowout). But when we parked in Kinnick Society lot for night games it would take 2.5 hours just to get to the interstate.
Yeah, I figure games like Penn State will be a lot of waiting. What about getting up to the stadium as far as traffic before?
 

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Yeah, I figure games like Penn State will be a lot of waiting. What about getting up to the stadium as far as traffic before?
11:00 am games are slow no matter what time. 2:30 and night games are easy peasy. Just don’t be that guy trying to get to his spot behind the press box at 2:10 for a 2:30 kick off.
 

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11:00 am games are slow no matter what time. 2:30 and night games are easy peasy. Just don’t be that guy trying to get to his spot behind the press box at 2:10 for a 2:30 kick off.
I saw that guy and he was rudely complaining to a college aged foreign appearing attendant that there are always people tailgating in his spot when he gets there. What an asshole
 
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I was surprised at all the empty spots behind the press box for the Indiana game. I realize I was early as it was an hour before kickoff. But with the lack of gates open I didn't want to be outside the stadium when the game started. In the past it seemed that lot was usually packed with cars and folks tailgating.
 
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