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Why the Backup? Big Microsoft Event Downtown

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The annual Microsoft Employee Meeting at Safeco Field is today, Friday, September 23, from 10:00am until about 4:00pm, according to WA State DOT. Gates open at 9:00am. 200 buses, 4,000 cars are expected to arrive with 18,000-20,000 attendees between 8:30am and 10am. Then they’ll depart around 4:30 – 5:00pm.

Cars will park in the Safeco Field Garage and the CenturyLink Garage, with some using nearby lots and garages. Buses will unload and load riders at the following locations:
(1) 3rd Ave S between Royal Brougham and Holgate
(2) Occidental from Royal Brougham north to Railroad Ave in front of the CenturyLink Event Ctr
(3) Occidental between Edgar Martinez Dr and Massachusetts St at the Safeco Field Garage Plaza
(4) 1st Ave S west curb from Royal Brougham north to end of sidewalk where SR99 ramps block the sidewalk.
Buses will arrive via the I-90 HOV exit to 5th Ave S or I-90 mainline exit to 4th Ave S. Seattle Police will provide traffic controls similar to ball games.

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