On a night when the University of Maryland celebrated the unfurling of a national championship basketball banner and its first regular season game in the new $100 million Comcast Center, fans were glad that some of the miscues present for one of the Terrapins' exhibition games two weeks ago had been eliminated.
Bad weather, the public's lack of familiarity with new parking assignments and a time-consuming new procedure involving parking permits contributed to traffic snarls during a Nov. 12 exhibition basketball game between the Terrapins and the Harlem Globetrotters.
The delays caused many fans to miss tip-off.
A similar situation had to be avoided for yesterday's game against Miami (Ohio), with ticket holders eager to witness the pregame raising of the banner commemorating Maryland's national championship run last season.
On the athletic department's Web site, the school issued an apology for the previous traffic jams and developed a plan to whisk fans into their seats.
"Please be assured we are aware of these issues and that we are working closely with the campus departments of parking, transportation and police to ensure that traffic flow and parking patterns are as efficient as possible," the statement issued by Maryland said.
School officials said it began requiring parking attendants to tear off stubs on each parking pass. This lengthy process has been suspended for the remainder of the men's basketball season, the school announced.
With plenty of daylight, police directing traffic and fans more familiar with the parking arrangements, traffic flowed smoothly.
Said Walter Levin, 53, a season ticket holder for 30 years: "These are the kinds of glitches you see when you ask people to do something new."