Chargers to fans: Traffic won’t be fun tonight

City News Service

The San Diego Chargers are advising fans to arrive early and if possible take public transportation or carpool to tonight’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers because of the expected congestion stemming from the likely capacity crowd at Qualcomm Stadium and the usual afternoon commute.

The stadium parking lot will open at 2 p.m. for fans with pre-purchased parking permits and at 3 p.m. for the general public. Stadium gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The opening kickoff is set for slightly after 7 p.m.

Mass transit options include the Green Line Trolley, the Sport Fan Express bus, the Go Chargers North County Express Coach and the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.

The stadium parking lot typically sells out earlier. Overflow parking will be at San Diego State University, the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel and the Town and Country Hotel.

Fans can follow @chargersgameday on Twitter for traffic, trolley and parking lot updates from the stadium.

The Chargers also remind the public that tailgating is allowed only in each individual’s parking space. Police will issue citations to fans whose tailgate parties infringe on neighboring parking spaces or parties blocking sidewalk and pedestrian areas. Glass bottles are not allowed in the parking


The game will be shown live on KFMB-TV Channel 8 because enough tickets were sold.