AFA Graduation: What you need to know about parking

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy graduation ceremony is just days away, and many of you may be wondering where to park or what streets to take so that you avoid getting caught in traffic. 

The ceremony is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. and anyone who enters won't be able to leave until the ceremony is complete.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to hit the sky at 1:15 p.m.

The North Gate, South Gate, and the Falcon Stadium gates will open at 7 a.m.

Ticket holders should plan to arrive at the stadium no later than 8:30 a.m.

All parking will be at Falcon Stadium parking lots 1, 2 and 5. Handicapped parking is available in Lot 5 of Falcon Stadium, accessible via the North Gate. A smaller handicapped parking area is available in Lot 1, accessible via the South Gate.

Please note that there are no elevators in the stadium, and handicapped-accessible seating is limited to first-come, first served. There is no covered seating available. No transportation will be available from the Cadet Area.

Due to security restrictions in Falcon Stadium, all guests will pass through metal detectors, and may have purses or personal items searched. No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, beverage containers, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the stadium.

Drinks are prohibited with the exception of clear, unopened water bottles. Food is permitted, but must be displayed in a transparent one-gallon clear plastic bag. The full list of restrictions is available at

Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, please be prepared to remove camera lenses for security inspection at the stadium gates. Diaper bags will be allowed when a child is present, but they ask that you don't bring a stroller. 

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