Cardinals vs. Seahawks: What to know before you go

The Cardinals are on Thursday Night Football!

Fans will make their way to University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday to watch the Cards take on the Seattle Seahawks in their first meeting of 2017.

But before you head out to the stadium, here's some important information you need to know before you go.

Traffic tips

The Cardinals kickoff against Seattle is scheduled for 6:25 p.m., so it's recommended you allow extra travel time.

Those driving from north Scottsdale and north Phoenix should consider taking Loop 101, instead of routes that would put them on westbound I-10.

REAL-TIME TRAFFIC: http://12ne.ws/traffic

Parking

The Cardinals game day parking lots will be open at 2:30 p.m. If you have a parking pass, look at the color on it and follow the signs for that color-coded area.

Fans are encouraged to arrive during the first two hours the carparks are open (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.) for the easiest arrival experience.

Great Lawn access

The Great Lawn will open for tailgaters at 2:30 p.m. and fans should be aware the area is available for pre-game tailgating only.

Speaking of tailgating

Big Red Brew Haus presented by Four Peaks opens at 3:30 p.m. You'll find cold beer on tap and TVs to watch the pre-game festivities.

Gates open

Stadium gates will open at 4:45 p.m. Thursday with kick-off scheduled for 6:25 p.m.

Remember at the gate

Most football fans know the rules of the game better than the rules at the gate. You will need to open your bag for security. Remove cellphones, cameras and other large metal items from your pockets once you get to the gate.

Security checkpoints are busiest starting 45 minutes before kickoff.

Acceptable bags allowed in the stadium

If you are planning to bring a bag with you to the stadium on gameday, it must comply with the NFL Clear Bag policy. Here are the approved types and size requirements:

-  Clear plastic bag measuring no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”
-  1-Gallon Plastic Freezer Bag
-  Small Clutch bag no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” in size.

Non-approved bags will not be allowed in the stadium and fans will be asked to return the bag to their vehicle or dispose of it.

Here's what you definitely won't be able to bring in:

- Coolers
- Seat cushions
- Camera bags
- Backpacks

For more game day info, visit the Cardinals website.

If you're not at the stadium

For those who are not attending the game, the Cardinals game broadcast will be on 12 News.

© 2017 KPNX-TV


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