City Officials Formulate Football Game-Day Parking Plan
26 , 2000 -- With the expanded
Scott Stadium at Carl W. Smith Center nearly ready for its Sept.
2 debut, a committee of University of Virginia and city officials
has formulated a master parking plan identifying approximately 4,000
new spaces, both on Grounds and in downtown Charlottesville, for
football game days.
stadium project, which will add 16,000 seats and 44 luxury suites,
also includes a new 600-vehicle parking garage, but those spaces
alone will be inadequate to handle the increased demand.
"There 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.
"This new plan is a good one and is the result of a lot of
hard work, but it will take cooperation from everyone to make it
committee will 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 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 also will 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 stadiums
new east gate. Downtown, fans can catch the shuttle at any Charlottesville
Transit Service stop along Market and Water streets.
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 ticket.
who park downtown may choose to arrive early or stay late, and take
advantage of the dozens of restaurants and shops along the Downtown
Mall and nearby.
started a downtown shuttle last season on an experimental basis,
with excellent results. An average of seven people rode the shuttle
for each Charlottesville Parking Center parking space filled, indicating
that many additional football fans used the buses, either walking
to the shuttle stops from their homes or from 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 approximately 6,000 fans who typically parked at U-Hall,
about 4,500 chose to walk to the stadium rather than take the shuttle.
addition to downtown, other parking options include:
University Hall (2,000 spaces). U-Hall parking will continue
to be available at no charge. The walk to the stadium along Alderman
Road or Emmett Street is approximately one mile, and will be safer
this year. With the shuttle coming from downtown, bus traffic along
Alderman Road will 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 1,200 free spaces 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 Avenue
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 Avenue.
Central 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.). Get there early,
as the facility fills quickly.
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.
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 citys
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
Louise Dudley, (804)924-1400