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Congestion between games likely as crowd to be cleared

For fans attending the Ohio State NCAA tournament basketball game tonight at the University of Dayton Arena, officials advise “don’t come early.”

That’s because of the tight turnaround between the 4:10 p.m. James Madison vs. Indiana game and the 7:15 p.m. OSU vs. Iona State game.

“We’re going to have to ask everyone to leave immediately following the conclusion of the Indiana game,” said Tim O’Connell, UD Arena director. “If you’re coming to the OSU game, don’t come early before the Indiana game is over. You won’t be able to get in the parking lot or arena.”

Arena staff will have only a small window of time to exit 12,000 patrons from the Indiana game and bring in 12,000 fans for the OSU game. It is estimated at about 45 minutes.

O’Connell said the arena has to be emptied between the games, and extra staff will be on hand to help ensure a smooth transition.

“The good thing is most will be people who have tickets for both sessions, so they’ll be able to leave the arena after the first session and just come back in,” O’Connell said.

Congestion in the parking lot will be a concern because Indiana ticket holders who do not have tickets for the OSU game will have to move their vehicles.

To help avoid the congestion, officials advise OSU ticket holders to use the shuttle bus service from the off-site parking lot, which is on the west side adjacent to Interstate 75 across from the BP gas station on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.

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