Increased Traffic Expected Near Brookfield Zoo and Riverside-Brookfield High School on June 21-23

If you're planning to travel in the vicinity of Brookfield Zoo and Riverside-Brookfield High School this weekend, you should be prepared to encounter heavier than normal traffic.

Riverside-Brookfield High School will be hosting its annual Summer Shootout basketball tournament, featuring 84 teams and drawing hundreds of people throughout each day.

The tournament runs Friday, June 21 from noon to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High school staff will be directing traffic around the campus, and visitors are asked to be mindful of parking restrictions in residential areas and to use main roads into and out of the area.

In addition, Brookfield Zoo is expecting to welcome an increased number of visitors this weekend, because it will be the first weekend that a pair of koala bears will be on display at the Hamill Family Play Zoo.

It's the first time in Brookfield Zoo's 90-year history that it has koalas on display. The animals are on a two-year loan from the San Diego Zoo.

Saturday, June 22 also marks the first of Brookfield Zoo's three Roaring Nights concerts this summer. Two others are scheduled for July 12 and July 27. The concerts, all of which are sold out, are from 6 to 10 p.m.

Zoo officials say they expect increased traffic for the concerts between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Brookfield Zoo will utilize electronic message boards to route traffic to its parking lots and prevent vehicles from entering residential areas. Brookfield and Riverside police are in communication with Brookfield Zoo police to monitor traffic and prevent impacts to residential areas.