Go early with your car 9am latest, park towards the front around E pole, crack a nice cold beer in the morning and get ready.
Don't listen to the complainers about traffic and all that. IF you are a fan of the hard-core sort, you get there early, say all your hellos, or in your case meet folks let them know and I'm sure you will get the "homey" treatment, they gonna love you if you tell them you came so far.
Then after the game, RELAX, you came a long way, if you are not too hammered have a couple more beers and shoot the breeze. An hour later you can drive out the parking free and clear with out any whining about traffic etc.. Really, don't believe the neg hype.
If you are the kind of fan that wants to get in cheap without restraints use the public bus in an out. But you are coming a long way bro, take yer time and enjoy..
If we get a win, you may even see the fireworks people sometimes bring in the lot.. ahh the smell of Bar-B-Q in the morning!!!!!