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Old 08-13-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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As I'm sure we can all relate to, this place is a pain to get out of. I went for a concert last night and bought Premier Parking. Good news is that the show ended at 11:00 PM and I was out of the gate at 11:27. Not bad. However, this is the second show (last time I went was 2 years ago) where they do not let me take a right when I come out of the parking lot. I entered the venue from that direction (coming from Woodbridge onto 234); however, they do not let you leave this way. All cars must exit going to the left toward I-66 and Rt. 29. There isn't even any signage once you make the left to direct you back to Rt. 234, it basically says "ALL LANES GO TO I-66". Well, not everyone lives off of I-66.

So, I went to Rt. 29 and took a right toward Fairfax, had a too-long drive through the Manassas Battlefield area, then felt like I did some HUGE circle to get back to where I should have been in about 2 seconds had they allowed a right turn.

What could I have done better? Besides not got to a concert there? I cursed myself for not having any GPS capability.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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As I'm sure we can all relate to, this place is a pain to get out of. I went for a concert last night and bought Premier Parking. Good news is that the show ended at 11:00 PM and I was out of the gate at 11:27. Not bad. However, this is the second show (last time I went was 2 years ago) where they do not let me take a right when I come out of the parking lot. I entered the venue from that direction (coming from Woodbridge onto 234); however, they do not let you leave this way. All cars must exit going to the left toward I-66 and Rt. 29. There isn't even any signage once you make the left to direct you back to Rt. 234, it basically says "ALL LANES GO TO I-66". Well, not everyone lives off of I-66.

So, I went to Rt. 29 and took a right toward Fairfax, had a too-long drive through the Manassas Battlefield area, then felt like I did some HUGE circle to get back to where I should have been in about 2 seconds had they allowed a right turn.

What could I have done better? Besides not got to a concert there? I cursed myself for not having any GPS capability.
Couldn't you have hook a left on Wellington Road and then a left onto Linton Hall Road? Or at least took business 234 off of 29? Either would have been quicker than going through Fairfax. I haven't been to Jiffy Lube Live, I know where it is, but I'm trying to imagine how they are getting to go to 66. Are they forcing you out on University Blvd to US 29?
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Did they make you turn left onto Wellington, then right onto University (which would have been the first traffic light)? Or did they let you go all the way to Linton Hall Road? Or are you even familiar enough with this area to know?

In future, if they make you turn right on University, then turn left instead of right onto 29. That will take you to an onramp for I-66, and the next exit to the west would be 234 (it may be marked just as Prince William Parkway; I can't remember).

If they let you go all the way to Linton Hall Road, then turn right on 29, get on I-66 westbound, and take the 234 exit.

I don't understand why they don't let people exiting the venue turn right onto Wellington, either. It seems like it would get cars out of there more quickly and lead to fewer lost people meandering around Gainesville in their cars late at night. But then, I'm not a traffic cop. I suppose they must have their reasons.

FWIW, I do know a lot of people who just don't go to concerts there anymore because it's such a hassle. Sorry getting home was such a pain. I hope the concert was fun! Who was there last night?
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Couldn't you have hook a left on Wellington Road and then a left onto Linton Hall Road? Or at least took business 234 off of 29? Either would have been quicker than going through Fairfax. I haven't been to Jiffy Lube Live, I know where it is, but I'm trying to imagine how they are getting to go to 66. Are they forcing you out on University Blvd to US 29?
I didn't go to Fairfax. I turned right on Sudley.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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Did they make you turn left onto Wellington, then right onto University (which would have been the first traffic light)? Or did they let you go all the way to Linton Hall Road? Or are you even familiar enough with this area to know?

In future, if they make you turn right on University, then turn left instead of right onto 29. That will take you to an onramp for I-66, and the next exit to the west would be 234 (it may be marked just as Prince William Parkway; I can't remember).

If they let you go all the way to Linton Hall Road, then turn right on 29, get on I-66 westbound, and take the 234 exit.

I don't understand why they don't let people exiting the venue turn right onto Wellington, either. It seems like it would get cars out of there more quickly and lead to fewer lost people meandering around Gainesville in their cars late at night. But then, I'm not a traffic cop. I suppose they must have their reasons.

FWIW, I do know a lot of people who just don't go to concerts there anymore because it's such a hassle. Sorry getting home was such a pain. I hope the concert was fun! Who was there last night?

Yeah, I have no clue around that area. I went to Aerosmith. The concert was excellent.

I did see University but they had it blocked off so that you could not make the right. I guess I should have gotten on I-66. I never use it that far out and did not realize that there was an exit for 234 off of it. That would have solved my problems. I guess I need to prepare better next time I go but never in a million years did I think I wouldn't be able to go home the way I came in.

The reason that you cannot turn right onto Wellington is that they close Wellington in that direction so that all traffic uses all lanes of Wellington to go in the direction of I66. It doesn't really make sense to me that they have to close the whole thing down. The could at least let you turn right.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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I didn't go to Fairfax. I turned right on Sudley.
Okay good! When I read towards Fairfax, I really started to feel bad for you. Yeah I think getting back on 234 is probably the best option for you given where they were taking you out at. Much less lights than going through Sudley.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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that area is a giant clusterf**k whenever there's a show at nissan pavillion, and yes, I still call it nissan pavillion, I just can't bring myself to call it jiffy lube live, sounds like a place to get lube jobs and tire rotations
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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When I was a PWC officer I worked that detail at Nissan/Jiffy a number of time. It really is a mess and one the county officials were lousy at estimating when they approved for the venue to be built. The PD has really mastered the ingress/egress of this place as best they can but it will never be perfect as long as the roads around the venue exist. I finally quit working the detail in my last few years as I was sick and tired of the headaches.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Last time I went to a concert at Jiffy Lube a couple of years, I think they forced me to turn right. I remember having to take the scenic route back to my house, which was OK simply because I knew the area. But I can see how it would be confusing otherwise. Yes... get a GPS.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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Leave before the encore and buy a GPS, its 2012.
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