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On-Grounds Construction Causes Parking Shuffle For U.Va. Home Football Games

August 11, 2003-- University of Virginia football fans who customarily park in the lots adjacent to University Hall for games will find spaces there harder to come by this fall, due to construction of the new John Paul Jones Arena.

U.Va. parking officials are offering some alternatives, particularly for the first four home games of the season, after which the new Ivy/Emmet parking facility is expected to be ready.

The 1,000-space Hospital South Garage, located within a 15-minute walk of the stadium at the corner of 15th and Crispell streets (near McLeod Hall), generally has about 400 spaces available on game days, said Rebecca White, director of U.Va.’s Department of Parking and Transportation. Admission is $10 per game, but season passes for the six-game home schedule can be purchased for just $36.

2003 Home Football Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 30 Duke 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 Wake Forest TBA
Oct. 18 Florida State TBA
Oct. 25 Troy State 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 Georgia Tech TBA
Nov. 29 Virginia Tech TBA

Spaces are less expensive and more plentiful in downtown Charlottesville, but require a shuttle bus ride to the stadium for all but the most ambitious walkers. Public parking facilities generally have about 1,000 unused spaces on game days, White said. Game-day parking in the city’s parking garages on Market and Water streets is $3 per car for the first four home games, and will be free for the last two as part of the city’s annual “Downtown for the Holidays” promotion. Season passes are available for $12. The stadium shuttle fare is $2 per person round-trip.

The approximately 1,400 additional spaces downtown and in the Hospital South garage more than offset the 1,000 spaces consumed by arena construction, White said. The 1,200-car Ivy/Emmet garage is expected to open in time for the season’s last two home games, although arena construction will then claim the remaining 250 spaces on the north side of Massie Road.

Construction on Grounds is also making it harder on those with reserved football parking, according to Joe Hall, assistant director of the Virginia Athletics Foundation, which sells those spaces to its most generous benefactors.

An expansion of the Aquatics & Fitness Center and new construction near the Chemistry Building have resulted in a net loss of 119 reserved spaces this season in the East C, D and F and North A lots, Hall said. Those losses have been partially offset by 40 new spaces being offered along Bonnycastle Drive.

Hall hopes to gradually regain the lost spaces over the next two seasons as construction is completed.

Those affected by the reduction in spaces have been notified, Hall said. Reserved parking permits were mailed out Aug. 3.

Contact: Dan Heuchert, (434) 924-7676

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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