GREEN BAY – The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is days away, but the weekend might include races to find a parking spot. That’s because construction is going to impact the race events.
Getting around Lambeau Field could be tough. Oneida Street next to the stadium is closed between Lombardi Ave. and Stadium Dr. There is also limited parking at Lambeau, because of the work being done on the Atrium area.
“Historically, a lot of our runners would park on the west side of the facility or on the north side,” said Sean Ryan, race director.
But now that isn’t possible. The marathon starts Sunday at 7:00 a.m. while the half marathon starts at 8:00 a.m.
Ryan said if you get to the event early, you can enter Lambeau Field off of Ridge Rd.
Even though you may want to park as close as you possibly can to Lambeau Field, Ryan said you’re better off parking in the retail lots near the stadium.
“The closer they get to Lambeau Field, the more difficult it will be to find parking and the more challenging it will be drive around because of the road closure,” Ryan said.
More than 14,000 participants have registered for the event and more than 20,000 spectators are expected.
Thousands of people on race day also means officers will be in full force including Ashwaubenon Public Safety.
Lieutenant Jody Crocker said officers will be making sure cars aren’t parked on the streets along the race routes.
“Cars that are going to be left on the streets, that might be on the streets the day of the race, will probably end up being towed if they’re there after 6:00 a.m.,” said Crocker.
So, you’ll want to pay attention to the street signs.
“There’s going to be temporary signs posted and there are permanent signs posted,” Crocker said.
Crocker said if you’re driving around on race day and end up near the course be prepared.
“Be aware that this race is going to happen and once that race is underway and people are trying to cross intersections, that there’s runners in, they’re going to have to wait,” Crocker said.
Crocker also said the biggest problem he sees on race day is impatient drivers. So if you plan on being in the area on race day, make sure you plan ahead.