AURORA, Colo. -- Heavy traffic on East Quincy Avenue and South Gun Club Road delayed many attendees trying to get to the Rocky Mountain Airshow Saturday.
All inbound lanes were open but traffic delays on roads leading to the event caused many Airshow fans to miss several attractions or even the whole show.
As a result of the traffic, Saturday tickets will be honored for one time entrance into the Sunday show.
Organizers encourage people to come early and stay late, leaving ample time to park and make their way into the venue on Sunday as traffic is expected to be heavy again due to the sheer amount of vehicles entering and exiting the area.
To remedy traffic, public parking lots will open at 7 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled. Planes take off at 10:30 a.m. and the Thunderbirds kick off their performance at 12:30 p.m.
Since traffic was caused by a majority of attendees all trying to get in to the show through the same route, organizers urge attendees to use alternate routes, including:
- I-70 to Watkins Road south to Quincy then west to the venue
- Hampden Avenue to Gun Club Road, then Gun Club south to Quincy then east to the venue
- Smokey Hill Road to South Aurora Parkway which becomes Gun Club Road, then north to Quincy approaching the venue from the East
- Parker Road to Quincy, then Quincy east to venue
With an estimated 6,000 tickets presold for Sunday, organizers are confident they have plenty of capacity to honor Saturday tickets for those who weren't able to attend.
The schedule of events is available on the Airshow website for more planning.