Expect parking lot and road closures next week

Special Olympics Iowa competition venues

  • Bergstrom Football Complex (rain location only)
  • Beyer Hall pool
  • Forker Building
  • Forker tennis courts
  • Hilton Coliseum
  • Iowa State Center parking lots
  • Lied Center
  • Lied fields
  • MWL fields

More than 4,000 visitors will be on campus May 25-27, competing, watching or volunteering during the Special Olympics Iowa summer games. Select parking lots and roads will be closed to accommodate events and activities staged in several campus venues.


All volunteers must check in Thursday and Friday at the tent in parking lot S6, east of Jack Trice Stadium. Volunteers and visitors are asked to use the bus shuttles, which run from lot S6 to the competition venues on Thursday and Friday. Shuttles will not operate on Saturday and volunteer check-in moves to the Lied Center.

Road closures

  • Beach Road: Closed to through traffic from Lincoln Way to the power plant, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday 

  • South Fourth Street: Closed from Beach Avenue to just west of entrance to stadium parking lots, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday 

Parking lot closures

Portions of lot 100, east of the Lied Center, will close on Monday for event preparations. Other parking lot closures include:

  • Beyer Hall: Lot 3, Friday (all day); open only to 24-hour Reserve or handicap permit holders
  • Forker Building: Lot 50A, Thursday and Friday (all day); open only to 24-hour Reserve and handicap permit holders
  • Iowa State Center: All lots, Thursday (12:01 a.m.-5 p.m.); commuter parking will move to the football stadium parking lots, with a CyRide stop located at lot S3
  • Lied Center: Lots 57 and 100, Thursday and Friday (all day, all vehicles)
  • Maple-Willow-Larch residence area: Lots 56, 63, 80, 89, 90 and 91, Thursday and Friday (all day); open only to Special Olympics or handicap permit holders
  • Richardson Court residence area: Lots 54, 54A, 66, 67, 82, 83, Thursday and Friday (all day); open only to Special Olympics or handicap permit holders