Stadium's Lansdowne (no) Park

DON BRENNAN, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

More than 24,000 people of various nationalities will descend on Frank Clair Stadium today with at least one thing in common: They'll all go through the gates on foot.

Fans attending opening matches of the FIFA U-20 World Cup will have to find alternate means of transportation, as all Lansdowne Park lots will be closed.

There was always a shortage of available spots for Renegades and Rough Riders football games, but at least season-ticket holders always had reserved areas for their cars.

"We've got a lot of demands for space," Michael Winterburn, an Ottawa-site spokesman for the tournament, said yesterday. "The volunteers, the team buses, the individual designations by FIFA ... and interactive sponsor displays that will give people arriving early a lot to do, and is important during a doubleheader because people are going to want to get up and stretch between games."

Carleton University is offering free parking, and extra buses have been added on routes 1 and 7.


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