parking plan unveiled
the expanded Carl Smith Center nearly ready for its Sept. 2 debut,
a committee of University and city officials has formulated a
master parking plan identifying approximately 4,000 new spaces,
both on Grounds and in downtown Charlottesville, to serve Cavalier
The project to expand the stadium by 16,000 seats includes a new
600-vehicle parking garage, but those spaces alone will be inadequate
to handle the increased demand.
is no magic wand that will make it as easy for 60,000-plus spectators
to get to the games as it was when we were lucky to draw 20,000
people to games," said Terry Holland, director of athletics.
"The current plan is a good one and is the result of a lot
of hard work, but it will take cooperation from everyone to make
committee plans to review the parking plan after every home game
and update it as necessary.
biggest change fans will encounter is the shift of football shuttle
bus service from University Hall to the downtown area. The Charlottesville
Parking Center (CPC) will provide discounted access to its 1,000
spaces in the East Market Street and Water Street parking garages,
with continuous shuttle service to and from the stadium provided
jointly by the Charlottesville and University transit services.
A 200-space overflow lot will also be available.
new shuttle bus drop-off at the stadium will be on McCormick Road,
between the Chemistry Building and the School of Engineering and
Applied Science, providing nearly direct access to the stadium's
new east gate. Downtown, fans can catch the shuttle at any Charlottesville
Transit Service stop along Market and Water streets.
A season parking pass for the six-game home schedule is available
for $18 (write to: Virginia Football Parking, P.O. Box 400833,
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4833), and a round-trip shuttle ticket
will cost $2 per person, payable on the inbound trip. Thus, a
family of four parking downtown will pay just $11 per game for
parking and transportation. In past years, the same family would
have to pay $20 to park and ride from U-Hall, at $5 per round-trip
started a downtown shuttle last season on an experimental basis,
with excellent results. An average of seven people rode the shuttle
for each CPC parking space filled, indicating that many football
fans either walked to the shuttle stops from their homes or found
on-street or private parking nearby, said CTS director Helen Poore.
By contrast, U.Va. Parking and Transportation assistant director
Rebecca White estimated that of the 6,000 fans who typically parked
at U-Hall, about 4,500 chose to walk to the stadium rather than
take the shuttle.
closer-in parking options include:
University Hall (2,000 spaces). U-Hall will continue to be available
at no charge. The walk to the stadium along Alderman Road or
Emmet Street is approximately one mile, and should be safer
this year. With the shuttle coming from downtown, bus traffic
along Alderman Road should be lessened, and University officials
hope to restrict all northbound traffic on the road immediately
after each game to further protect pedestrians.
North Grounds (800 spaces). The lots near the Law and Darden
schools are about a 30-minute walk from the stadium. There will
be a designated area there for fans with disabilities, with
free shuttle service to and from the stadium.
Fontaine Research Park (1,200 spaces). Located on Fontaine Avenue
near U.S. 29, the park offers free parking with excellent access
for out-of-town fans arriving via Interstate 64. A surfaced
path, leading through the woods across from the research park
and connecting to Stadium Road, will cut the walk to about one
mile; the path will be lighted and patrolled on game days, and
police will direct traffic to allow pedestrians to cross Fontaine
U.Va. Medical Center garage (1,000 spaces). A season pass at
the new facility will cost $36, but the easy 15-minute walk
is only about three-quarters of a mile along Jefferson Park
Grounds parking garage (400 spaces). An approximately 10-minute
walk from the stadium, game-day parking there costs $1.30 per
hour (and 65 cents per hour after 5 p.m).
Virginia Student Aid Foundation will continue to control the 3,100
spaces closest to the stadium, including the new parking garage,
for use by its most generous supporters.
In total, the master plan identifies more than 9,000 official
spaces. Even with a projected student attendance of between 8,000
and 12,000 per game -- the vast majority of whom walk to the stadium
-- it is clear that the increased stadium capacity will tax the
city's public and private parking resources.
suggest that Cavalier fans plan to car-pool," said University
Police Chief Michael Sheffield. "Please allow extra time
to find parking, especially for the first few games while new
patterns are established."
photo of the new clock tower at the Carl Smith Center