Last summer, over 500,000 people went to see the El Paso Chihuahuasplay in their inaugural season at Southwest University Park. Traffic nightmares never really materialized, but just to make sure that things run as smoothly as they did last year, the City of El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDOT), Sun Metro and El Paso Chihuahuas have released a traffic plan for the upcoming Chihuahuas season.

Opening Day is Thursday, April 9th. Southwest University Park opens their gates at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. El Paso Police officers will be at intersections around the ballpark before and after games for the safety of pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

These downtown streets will be closed for Opening Day:

•Kansas between Missouri and Main
•Sheldon between Santa Fe and El Paso
•Main between El Paso and Oregon
•Oregon between Main and Mills
•Mills between Oregon and Mesa

There are several parking garages, lots, and streets with parking meters for available. Parking meters take quarters, and debit/credit cards. If you have a disabled person who needs to be dropped off close to the park, you can access the ADA drop-off site at the northwest corner of W. Franklin and Durango.

You can let Sun Metro do the driving with their Park+Ride program not only on Opening Day, but for all the Chihuahuas home games. You can park for free on a first-come, first-served basis at Sun Metro lots. Adults are $3 for a round-trip fare, and kids 5 and under ride for free but must be accompanied by an adult. You'll need exact change for the fare. These are the locations for Park+Ride:

MISSION VALLEY TRANSFER CENTER
9065 Alameda Ave.

WESTSIDE TRANSFER CENTER
7535 Remcon Cir.

NORTHEAST TRANSIT TERMINAL
9348 Dyer Dr.

EASTSIDE TRANSFER CENTER
1165 Sunmount Dr.

EDGEMERE @ R.C. POE PARK+RIDE
Edgemere near R.C.Poe