Thurs, May 30, 9AM-12PM: Gale Lemerand Dr closed for emergency exercise

A communitywide emergency exercise, which was postponed in April, has been rescheduled for Thursday morning, May 30, and will affect access to campus around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium between 7 a.m. and noon. During this exercise, patients may only access Stadium Road from either Buckman Drive or Gale Lemerand Drive south of Stadium Road.

Important impacts and times for SHCC patients

  • Gale Lemerand Drive will be closed from approximately 9 to 11:30 a.m. between the O’Connell Center parking lot entrance and Stadium Road.
  • Access to the O’Connell Center parking lot from Gale Lemerand Drive will remain open.

This exercise will involve volunteers with simulated injuries and a large number of law enforcement, emergency and other personnel. U police officers will be stationed around the exercise area to help direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic. There may also be increased activity in and around the Academic Health Science Center. 

Additional impacts and times

  • Garage 7 (O’Connell Center): Standard parking in the O’Connell Center lot will not be disrupted.
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Access: Pedestrian access to the ground level of the Stadium concourse betwee Gates 1 and 18 will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon. Pedestrian traffic outside the southwest corner of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the southeast corner of the O’Connell Center will be limited between 8 and 11:30 a.m. All University Athletic Association Administrative offices, University of Florida offices in Stadium West, the Gator Ticket Office and the Heavener Football Complex main entrance will remain accessible.

UF remains committed to the safety of the campus community, and participation in this exercise is an important component in maintaining and improving university emergency operations.