If you’re a student who lives on the south end of the CSU campus, there is a good chance you’re not on board with the new policies for the CSU Stadium. Students who live in southern residence halls on campus will be required to move their cars the night before gameday in order to open up parking for fans who bought parking passes for game day. Students pay more than $500 a year for their parking spaces
“A lot of the students are not in favor of it, obviously, when they’re the ones affected by it,” Daniela Pineda Soraca, CSU student body president, said at a CSU System Board of Governors meeting.
Making matters even worse, the Board of Governors voted to increase student parking fees for next year. Students already pay almost $500 for a yearly parking permit. The vote will increase the price of permits by more than $150, bringing it to $628.
CSU President Tony Frank noted that all students buying parking permits will be made aware of that caveat of game day. Fred Haberecht, a university planner, said surveys last year found just more than half of the 2,150 resident hall parking spaces will be used on game days.
Haberecht said that students in southern resident halls will be able to move their vehicles to other on-campus spots which includes a parking garage in the southeast corner. The garage will be reserved for students. Vehicles that are not moved will end up being towed but Haberecht said email blasts and other communication efforts will be used to avoid such action.
“You want to inform, you want everyone to move, you don’t want the bad consequences of someone being towed,” Haberecht said.
CSU will be hosting six home football games at the stadium in the upcoming season.
President Tony Frank said he didn’t expect a flawless game-day experience to start with; many people try to skirt parking rules by going to permit-required neighborhoods, for example. He expects it to improve with each game, both as people learn what to expect and how to navigate game day and as CSU improves its procedures.
“Despite all the work that’s gone into this, we won’t get it right the first time,” he said.
CSU has scheduled a dry run to open the game-day parking lots and stadium to fans Aug. 5 to help them find their way.
The board heard its second-to-last report on the $220 million stadium and its progress, including the nitty-gritty of moving the cars of campus-living students away from prime parking spots and keeping campus open for “mission critical” jobs during game days.
“This is a good sign, in that we’re now in the mode of looking into options for the game days that are coming up,” Executive Vice Chancellor Amy Parsons said.
Credit(s): Nick Coltrain, Coloradoan