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Seattle weekend traffic: football (both kinds)

What’s blocking up traffic this weekend—and how to ride transit to it (or around it)

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Another weekend, another whole list of things that could disrupt getting around. Some of these events might be things you’re doing, too: There are a bunch of different kinds of football going on, and Garth Brooks is playing all weekend long. (Yes, all weekend.)

We’ve combed through the alerts and advisories from both the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to deliver transit-friendly solutions for your weekend outings.

Some of this weekend’s advisories—and transit-oriented alternate routes to events—are listed below.

Sports: Huskies and Hawks and Sounders

It’s an especially football-filled weekend in Seattle.

First, the other football: On Thursday, Sounders FC play the Vancouver Whitecaps at Centurylink Field at 7:30 p.m.

Then on Saturday starting at 7 p.m., University of Washington Huskies play the the Oregon Ducks at Husky Stadium.

Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks play Washington at 1:05 p.m. at Centurylink. Because we’re playing Washington, a “not your mascot” rally and march starts at 9 a.m. at Occidental Park, then moves to Centurylink at 11:15 a.m.

Husky Stadium is one of the few places in the U District that Link Light Rail goes directly to. Other options: Metro runs shuttle buses from the Eastgate, Federal Way, Houghton, Kingsgate, South Kirkland, and South Renton Park and Rides. Husky Stadium is also served by Metro routes 44, 45, 71, and 73.

Link Light Rail goes to Centurylink—take your pick of the International District or Stadium stations—as does the First Hill Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit. (First Hill Streetcar will get closer to Occidental Park, and the light rail also goes to Pioneer Square.)

Other events: Garth Brooks and protests

Garth Brooks is playing a million (okay, five, which is still a lot) concerts at the Tacoma Dome this weekend. Good news: the Sounder is running for the Friday and Saturday concerts, leaving King Street Station at its regularly scheduled time Friday and at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. (For those already in Tacoma, the Tacoma Link is running more frequently on Sunday.)

Thursday night, a Take Back the Night march leaves Cornish College of the Arts’s Kerry Hall in Capitol Hill at 7:00 p.m. and runs down to Cornish Commons in South Lake Union. Metro route 47 will go straight to the starting point at Summit and Roy; the 8, 40, 70, C Line, and South Lake Union Streetcar all get within a few blocks of the finishing line.

On Saturday morning, a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gathers at noon on Broad Street between Denny Way and Fourth Avenue. Metro routes 3, 4, and 8 will get you close.

Also on Saturday, a protest against the current presidential administration begins at City Hall Plaza at noon, then marches along Downtown streets starting at 12:30.

There’s a lot to protest lately, and City Hall Plaza will see another protest—this one against nuclear war—starting at 1 p.m., followed by, again, a march on downtown streets at 2:30 p.m.

Get to City Hall directly on Metro routes 3 or 4, or on Link light rail via the Pioneer Square station. Many buses that run down Third Avenue downtown also stop just downhill from City Hall, including many Rapidride lines (C is a notable exception).

Road work

Denny Way will be closed westbound (and reduced eastbound) between Stewart Street and Minor Avenue North for Seattle City Light work for the next couple of weeks from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night starting this Saturday—and pedestrians will only have access on the south side of Denny.

While there are no complete Revive I-5 closures on I-5, there’s a lane reduction as crews replace a last expansion joint on the Duwamish River Bridge in Tukwila. That starts 8 p.m. Friday; those lanes will open back up by 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Tacoma Dome

2727 East D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, WA 98105

CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98134 Visit Website