MISSOULA – Students moving into residence halls at the University of Montana. Check. A sold-out, nationally televised Griz football game against the four-time defending FCS champs. Check. Probable delays in regards to parking and getting around campus. Check.
UM officials want students and members of the public to know they may experience delays accessing campus because of the start of fall semester and the early football game between UM and North Dakota State on Saturday, Aug. 29.
“Students and their parents will arrive on campus just as ESPN, Griz fans and NDSU fans flood into town,” said Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications. “We’ve never had move-in days that coincide with such a massive, high-profile athletic event on our campus. That – plus the River City Roots Festival downtown on Friday and Saturday – mean that Missoula is the place to be this weekend.”
The first official day for students to check into the residence halls is game day, Aug. 29. However, students bound for Aber Hall near Washington-Grizzly Stadium are able to check in on Friday, Aug. 28, at no charge for early arrival, which is typically $20 per student. In addition, UM Dining will have campus eateries open and available for cash purchases on Friday before the official start of meal plans on Saturday.
The UM Admissions office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, with representatives available from admissions, student advising and financial aid.
UM Athletics has agreed to keep some parking spots between Aber Hall and the University Center open for residence hall students trying to check in. Athletics staff also will monitor the lot during the first half of Saturday’s game to ensure students can access Aber.
In addition, the parking lots around the Pantzer, Miller, Craig, Elrod, Duniway, Knowles, Turner and Jesse residence halls will be patrolled by UM police to ensure they remain accessible for arriving students and their families.
Students arriving on campus on Saturday, Aug. 29, are strongly encouraged to avoid the heavy, game-related traffic expected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 and 6 p.m.
The Sunday after the big game is GO Day, which includes games for UM students on the Oval and open houses throughout the day. For more information visit http://www.umt.edu/orientation/goday/default.php.