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Commencement season, baseball regionals bring traffic to Columbia


As thousands of local high school graduates and their families descend on Columbia for commencement ceremonies, the streets around downtown are getting busy.

Contributing to the traffic are hundreds of baseball fans visiting town for the NCAA Regional this weekend at Carolina Stadium.

Between May 28 and June 7, 23 area high schools are holding graduation ceremonies at the University of South Carolina's Carolina Coliseum. There are several construction sites in the area near the coliseum that have eliminated some parking spaces.

Because of limited parking in the area surrounding the Coliseum, people are encouraged to park in the Senate Street Garage, Pendleton Street Garage or the Horizon Garage, where shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the Coliseum.

The Gamecock Baseball Shuttle, which normally operates from Coliseum Parking lots, will be relocated to the Bates House parking lot at 1423 Whaley to provide service for graduation patrons.

For the baseball games, the shuttle will move to Bates House area. The shuttle and handicapped parking will be in the 1400 block of Whaley, or the corner of Whaley and Bull Streets.

Drivers in the area should be on the lookout for others on the street who may not know where they're going and pay attention to pedestrians.

People attending graduation ceremonies should give themselves enough time to find a place to park.

Also this weekend, baseball fans will be visiting Columbia for the NCAA Regional at Carolina Stadium.  Expect traffic delays near the stadium. The first game is Friday at 1 p.m.

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