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Q Why is it that University
employees who park at University Hall are required to vacate the
parking lots by 5:30 p.m. on the nights of home basketball games?
I appreciate Parking and Transportation's attempts to help commuting
employees with the Central Grounds shuttle implemented this fall,
but I would like to understand the rationale for fining full-time
employees when their jobs do not permit them to vacate their parking
spaces before 5:30 p.m. Why aren't the basketball games moved
to later in the evening?
Martha J. King, assistant editor, James Madison Papers
We forwarded your question to Athletic
Director Terry Holland and to Rebecca White, director of Parking
are about 2,400 spaces around University Hall. Roughly half of
them -- located on the north side of Massie Road -- are available
to permit-holders at all times, even game nights, White said.
The others must indeed be cleared by 5:30 p.m. to make way for
basketball fans who pay a special premium for their close-in parking
on game nights, she noted, but even this inconvenience is an improvement
over the situation a few years ago, when those spaces were cleared
by 8 a.m.
game times are set by television contracts, which provide a major
source of revenue for the self-sufficient athletic department.
Other game times are set mostly for the convenience of fans, many
of whom travel from outside the area and would be less likely
to attend if games started (and thus ended) much later.
noted that the parking situation is a "huge public relations problem"
on two fronts. Besides University employees who must vacate the
lots before games, basketball fans also complain when they arrive
to find the lots filled by the cars of people who work or live
a mile away.
you can expect parking conflicts to continue for the next few
months, as the basketball season kicks into high gear. "P&T personnel
will be on site at U-Hall throughout the day helping people find
space," White said.