Traffic for major Air Force athletic events shouldn’t see a difference from Wednesday’s announced reduction in North Gate access hours.
The academy will reduce visitors’ access to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the north entrance beginning on July 1. This is a two-hour reduction in public access, a move made for cost-cutting purposes rather than out of security concerns.
Department of Defense cardholders will still be granted access through the north gate from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., but the gate will no longer remain open until 1:30 a.m. on weekends. Anyone entering or leaving the base after 10 p.m. must use the South Gate.
The changes are for daily operation and should not impact event cordons that allow traffic to proceed through the gate like normal, according to assistant athletic director Troy Garnhart.
Late finishes “could be an issue for some events that don’t have the cordon, but we’re working with security forces on that,” Garnhart wrote to The Gazette on Wednesday.