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Old 05-03-2009, 09:30 PM
 
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Question Driving to Reliant Stadium for U2 concert

Hi everyone- I need some travel advice. I recently moved to the Dallas area, and I haven't driven south of where I live.

I'll be driving to Houston on October 14 for the U2 concert at Reliant Stadium. On the day before the concert, I plan to leave work at noon, and drive straight down to Houston. So I estimate that I'll be arriving in the city between 4 and 5 in the late afternoon.

Is traffic usually heavy on I-45 South in downtown Houston during that time? How about traffic on Loop 610 heading west toward the Reliant Park area?

When would it be the best time for me to drive into Houston? Can anyone suggest an alternate route?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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So you're getting here the day before the concert? Good.

You will be going opposite a lot of the traffic going out, but you might still hit some slow spots.

There are no real alternate routes to speak of. Anything else is going to be taking you through a bunch of small towns with traffic lights. Not bad for a leisurely road trip thing (though if the concert isn't until the next night, it's an option right?) but if you're trying to get here before a certain time 45's the only way to go.

Where are you staying?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:11 AM
 
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You will be going opposite a lot of the traffic going out, but you might still hit some slow spots.

Where are you staying?
Will it be very traffic on Loop 610?

I don't want to spend a lot of money on hotel fees for two nights. So I'm planning to stay at the Econo Lodge at the intersection of Main St and Kirby Dr.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:26 AM
 
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Will it be very traffic on Loop 610?

I don't want to spend a lot of money on hotel fees for two nights. So I'm planning to stay at the Econo Lodge at the intersection of Main St and Kirby Dr.
If you're coming from the north you don't need to get on 610 at all.

You might consider that you're entering Houston at rush hour if you get here at 5. Yes, there's going to be traffic. Take 45 through downtown, then probably the best thing to do is go from 45 to 288 south, then exit at Old Spanish Trail (US 90A). The Econolodge is where Main, Kirby and OST meet.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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You could probably find a better neighborhood for your hotel - area around Reliant is often sketchy (unless that doesn't bother you).
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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If you're coming from the north you don't need to get on 610 at all.

Take 45 through downtown, then probably the best thing to do is go from 45 to 288 south, then exit at Old Spanish Trail (US 90A).
That's why I was thinking that I45 ----> I610 would be the best route, since it would be hellishly traffic on the non-highway streets.

Plus, I don't want to get lost, especially downtown Houston.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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You could probably find a better neighborhood for your hotel - area around Reliant is often sketchy (unless that doesn't bother you).
What area in Houston would be less sketchy than Reliant Park?

Please let me know.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:33 PM
 
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That's why I was thinking that I45 ----> I610 would be the best route, since it would be hellishly traffic on the non-highway streets.

Plus, I don't want to get lost, especially downtown Houston.
If you do it the way I said you're not going to get lost. You won't be going into downtown really, just through it on 45. Once again there's no need to get on 610. There will be more traffic on the loop than on the little stretch of OST between Main and 288.

As for where you're staying, if you're on an Econolodge kind of budget as far as a place to stay, you really aren't going to do any better. Might as well be close to the stadium. I imagine traffic is going to be fun (I might just stay in that night, lol)

I live not far from there...
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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how much per night are you looking to spend?
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Dammit, I am so mad I'm not gonna be in town for that concert!! Jealous jealous jealous.
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