Parking & Transportation Alert: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:26 am, Last Updated: March 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming back to Mason.  Expect traffic to be affected April 4 – 21.

Scheduled show times:
Wednesday, April 9, 7pm
Thursday, April 10, 7pm
Friday, April 11, 10:30am & 7:30pm
Saturday, April 12, 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, April 13, 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
Friday, April 18, 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Saturday, April 19, 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, April 20, 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Doors open one hour prior to each start time.

Parking – Circus tents and fencing will occupy portions of Lot A and Lot L from Thursday, April 3 at 11pm through Monday, April 21. The areas to be closed have been marked with signs. Any vehicles left in these areas will be ticketed and towed at the owners risk and expense.  The Circus will completely vacate Lot A and Lot L by Tuesday, April 22. The Patriot Center has worked strategically with the Circus to minimize the impact on campus. Lot K will no longer be used by the Circus, with the exception of Monday, April 7, 2014 for staging.

Drivers arriving to campus after 10:00 am, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays, are advised to head directly to the Field House parking lots (M, O and P), as the General parking areas on the east (main) campus are expected to fill by then. The Field House shuttle provides service between the Field House and the Chesapeake River Lane bus stop(across from University Hall) every 15 minutes.

Lot H is also available to General Lot permit holders between 5:00 pm and 7:00 am, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.

Parking Services will open up the reserved roof levels of the Shenandoah Parking Deck and the Rappahannock River Parking Deck to allow a limited number of General parking permit holders to park on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Levels 4-5 of the Shenandoah Deck will also be open after 5:00pm on weeknights when there is a Circus show.

Transportation – Parking & Transportation  suggests that all students and employees take advantage of the many alternative transportation options available such as the CUE bus, the Mason to Metro shuttle, bicycling and carpooling. Students and employees can share or find rides to campus at

For questions email Follow @MasonParking on Twitter for other updates on event parking and traffic.

Write to Sarah Kersey at

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