2013 Holiday Bowl & Big Bay Balloon Parade


The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas Tech Red Raiders are playing in the 36th annual National University Holiday Bowl. MTS can take you straight to the stadium without the parking and traffic hassles!

Big Bay Balloon Parade

Monday, December 30, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Downtown San Diego

Taking the Trolley to the Parade

The parade route runs on Harbor Dr., three blocks west of both Santa Fe Depot and America Plaza stations. 

  • South of Downtown: take the Blue Line to the America Plaza station.
  • North of Downtown, including Mission Valley and Hotel Circle: take the Green Line to the Santa Fe Depot. MTS will offer more frequent Green Line service between Qualcomm Stadium and the Parade route.   
  • East of Downtown: take the Orange Line to the America Plaza station.


Holiday Bowl Game

Monday, December 30, 2013

Kickoff 7:15 p.m.

Qualcomm Stadium

Taking the Trolley to Qualcomm Stadium

It’s easy going to the “Q” by Trolley! The Stadium Trolley Station is located in Section J of the parking lot, just steps away from Gate K.

The San Diego Trolley Green Line provides regularly scheduled service to Qualcomm Stadium every day from approximately 5:00 a.m. to midnight. Trolleys depart most stations every 15 minutes. Increased frequency will be offered on Game Day between the Convention Center area of downtown and the Stadium.

TIP: Purchase $5 Day Passes at any Trolley Station ticket machine which accept cash, credit, and debit cards. MTS now sells all Day Passes on the Compass Card. If you don't have a Compass Card, you must purchase one from the machine for a fee of $2 in addition to the $5 Day Pass. You may keep the card and reload it in the future. Select stations will also offer ticket booth sales on game day. You may also use your Monthly Pass. View regular Trolley map and schedules. See more Game Day Rider Tips

Special Game Day Service

Beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m., special enhanced Green Line service will operate more frequently between the Convention Center area and Qualcomm Stadium, operating through Old Town and Mission Valley. Trains will depart every 8-minutes from the Convention Center area. 


Fans can also take the Blue Line from South Bay and transfer to the Green Line at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center.  From downtown stations, take the Orange Line to the America Plaza Station and transfer to a Green Line train or stadium shuttle train across the street at the Santa Fe Depot.

Leaving the Stadium

Frequent Green Line service to the Convention Center area will continue throughout the game as needed with the last train of the night scheduled at 12:38 a.m. The last train toward Santee will depart the stadium at 12:22 a.m.

Green Line Station Information

Fans can use any of our Green Line Park & Ride locations below or transfer from the Orange Line at Grossmont Center. More information on parking near Trolley stations.


Parking Spaces
Trip Time to Stadium

12th & Imperial Transit Center 1255 Imperial Ave.
Several large paid lots plus street parking
34 min.
Gaslamp Quarter (PETCO Park) 5th Avenue at L Street
Nearby paid parking
29 min.
Convention Center First Avenue at Harbor Dr.
Nearby paid parking
28 min.
Seaport Village Market St. at Harbor Drive
Nearby paid parking
26 min.
Santa Fe Depot Broadway at Kettner
Nearby paid parking
23 min.
County Center/Little Italy Ash St. at Kettner
Nearby paid parking
21 min.
19 min.
Washington St. Washington St, at I-5
Nearby paid parking
17 min.


Old Town
Pacific Highway at Taylor Street


14 min.
Morena/Linda Vista
Friars Rd. at Napa St.
11 min.
Fashion Valley
Friars Rd. at Hwy. 163
8 min.
Hazard Center
711 Hazard Center Dr.
6 min.
Mission Valley Center
1604 Camino de la Reina
Street Parking ONLY!
4 min.
Rio Vista
2020 Qualcomm Way
Paid Parking at Marriott Hotel
3 min.
Fenton Parkway
2000 Fenton Pkwy
Limited Street Parking
1 min.
Qualcomm Stadium


Mission San Diego 5837 Rancho Mission Road
Limited Street Parking
2 min.
Grantville 4510 Alvarado Canyon Rd. (I-8 at Mission Gorge)  


(+ 300 in 2 overflow lots open during events )

4 min.
Several Pay Parking lots with some street parking.
8 min.
Alvarado Medical Center
6658 Alvarado Rd.
Limited Street Parking
11 min.
70th Street
7255 Alvarado Rd. (east of 70th Street at I-8)
13 min.
Grossmont Transit Center
8601 Fletcher Parkway (at Grossmont Center Dr.)
17 min.

Amaya Drive

(La Mesa)

9100 Amaya Dr.(1 blk. off of  Fletcher Parkway
19 min.
El Cajon Transit Center Main St. at Marshall
23 min.

Arnele Avenue

(El Cajon)

Arnele at Marshall (across from Home Depot)
25 min.
Gillespie Field 1990 North Cuyamaca St.
29 min.
Santee Mission Gorge at Cuyamaca
Shared parking with Santee Trolley Square shopping center
32 min.


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Game Day Rider Tips

  • Travel early: Allow extra time as Trolleys will be crowded at times.  At some of the more popular locations closer to the stadium, trains may arrive that are already full.  Rest assured that the trains will continue to operate as often as possible providing service to all of our customers.
  • Purhase your fare on your mobile device: Downlaod the free MTS mTicket and then purchase up to five 1-Day Passes on a single mobile device (passengers must travel together).  Then after the game, bypass the main line and use the mTicket Express Line to get on the Trolley.  Save time and money; use the MTS mTicket!
  • Purchase a Day Pass: At the ticket kiosks or Ticket Vending Machines, purchase your Day Pass to avoid ticket lines after the game.
  • Accessible Entrance Located at the Jack Murphy Statue:  This will allow direct access to the station elevator and ramp ways to the boarding platforms.  Passengers requiring an accessible path and their parties should use this entrance regardless of direction of travel.
  • Avoid Attempting to Bypass the Line by Walking to the Next Station: Although the line may appear daunting, please be patient and allow us to move all passengers in as timely a manner as possible.  Passengers choosing to walk to the Mission San Diego or Fenton Parkway stations will find that station access will be metered allowing only a limited number of passengers to enter at a time.  If you must avoid the rush, please consider departing the game a little early or waiting for a while after the game to enter the line. 

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