Thursday, February 18, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 96

Pop diva Twain leads superstar concert lineup at 1999 Rodeo

Explore rodeo shows for extra fun

Finding food at the Rodeo is easy, but paying for food isn't

About the Cougar

Best option may be, get on the bus

By Michelle Norton
Managing Editor

Imagine this: You're drivin' on the freeway in your F-150 headin' to the rodeo. You got your boots, your jeans and your cowboy hat.

All of a sudden, wham! You have to slam on your breaks. Where in tarnation did all that traffic come from?

Well, if you had taken the time to do a little research, you might have found out that you should have left your house about an hour ago.

The first question you must ask yourself when planning your day out at the Rodeo is "How am I going to get to the Astrodome?" You have two options: Rodeo Metro Express or Astrodome parking.

Rodeo representatives at the Astrodome recommend the first. Rodeo Metro Express costs only $2 per person (children ages 12 and younger ride for free) and show patrons can ride the shuttle bus to any 1999 performance.

The buses pick up spectators at five locations throughout the city and drop them off in front of the Astrodome.

The shuttle will run through March 5 from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to midnight with a 10-minute waiting period between each bus.

For those of you feeling a little more adventurous, there is always the $5 parking at the Astrodome.

There are 12,500 well-lit parking spaces available with patron services such as mounted patrol from the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office and roving mechanics from Chevron.

There are, however, some drawbacks to Astrodome parking that you should consider.

There are approximately 55,000 visitors a night to the Astrodome, which results in 4.4 people designated to a parking space. The last time I checked, not everyone carpools to a concert.

Patrons are advised to leave at least an hour and a half ahead of time, because traffic around the Dome stacks thanks to people who don't know where they're going, causing headaches for other motorists.

To keep traffic jams to a minimum, patrons are asked to take certain exits to decrease congestion. If driving on Main Street, patrons are asked to exit on McNee Street, Murworth Street or Westridge Street. From La Concha, motorists can exit North Stadium Drive, and from Fannin, they can exit Northeast Drive and Holly Hall Street.

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