Archive for Monday, August 23, 2010

Plans unveiled to accommodate KU-KSU football fans on a Thursday night

The University has a parking plan for the thousands of people who are expected to attend the KU football game against Kansas State on October 14. Twelve lots near the stadium will be closed the night before the game with an additional nine lots being closed on game day.

August 23, 2010


Kansas University has announced special parking plans and extra buses to help faculty and staff deal with a Thursday night football game later this semester.

When KU plays Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Memorial Stadium, students will be on fall break, but KU will close 12 parking lots near the stadium on Wednesday evening. Another nine — including the parking garage north of the Kansas Union — will close to staff and public parking at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

To help reduce congestion on campus, some staff members will be allowed to leave work one hour early, and academic offices may close at 4 p.m. There are some exceptions: The student health center will remain open until 4:30 p.m., and libraries will not close until 5 p.m.

In addition, employees are encouraged to park in KU’s Park and Ride lot on West Campus, where free buses will be provided. Additional buses have been added to the route to reduce wait times.

The Allen Fieldhouse parking garage — where there is a Park and Ride Express bus stop — will be open to all faculty and staff permit holders on Oct. 14.

Additional details and a map are posted online at


stlcards515 7 years, 9 months ago

oh boy, I can't wait for all the "well I see where the University's priorities are.." and the "University is for learning, accommodations shouldn't be made for athletic events."

gccs14r 7 years, 9 months ago

Rather than build all the new sports facilites on campus (practice fields, athletic centers, new offices, etc), KUAC should have moved everything to an open area near a turnpike exit and left campus alone. Heck, one of the corners at W 6th and K-10 would have been perfect and would have served as a nice anchor for a bunch of Olathe-like chains. Think the Kansas Speedway or AMC 30 area, only smaller. That would have taken care of game-day parking and the football season porta-potty mess, too.

Tim Quest 7 years, 9 months ago

I am assuming this is sarcasm. Please, god, let this be sarcasm.

(It's early. My sarcasm meter is still warming up. Lay off me.)

puddleglum 7 years, 9 months ago

at least they didn't move the game to topeka......I better shush.

Zoee 7 years, 9 months ago

I think everyone is failing to realize that there are no classes that day. It is fall break. The majority of students won't even be on campus for any other reason but to attend the game, which is the best game of the year. It doesn't mean the university puts sports first. Lighten up people.

fu7il3 7 years, 9 months ago

What about the 20+ times a year that the University shuts down parking lots for basketball that would normally be used by commuter students attending night classes, who have paid for yearly permit to park in those very lots? Does that mean the university puts sports first?

KU_cynic 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes . . . duh.

KUAC would counter that ticket holder donations bought and paid for many of those parking spots, especially at the Allen Field House parking deck. They have a point there, for once.

KU_cynic 7 years, 9 months ago

First, fall break is a joke. Nobody really benefits from it except KU administrators who in the past have scheduled external advisory board meetings coincident with it. Giving students a full week off at Thanksgiving -- which they tend to take anyway based on Monday-Tuesday class attendances prior to Thanksgiving -- would make much more sense than a mid-semester fall break..

Also, based on my faculty colleagues' behavior, no classes during fall break means they simply won't come in. Staff members will be the only ones holding down the fort, catching up on work in some cases, doing internet shopping and playing computer games in others. I'm sure they would appreciate an opportunity to cut out early.

We shouldn't have a problem selling out for the KSU-KU game. Just a question of how much of the spectators will be purple-clad.

ohjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

wilbur - Neither KU or KSU have a say in what week they will play each other. All conference scheduling is done by the Big 12. The change from a Saturday to a Thursday probably was something KU agreed to, but it wouldn't have mattered because Saturday would still have been part of fall break.

emaw 7 years, 9 months ago

I can't wait for the cats to put a hurtin on the hawks!

Jayhawktriplegrad 7 years, 9 months ago

"EMAW"---the sound made when a K-Stater artificially inseminates a mule. And, yes, I know that would be pointless--yet another reason the mule objects---but it's so hard to reason with the purple pusscats.

d_prowess 7 years, 9 months ago

Allowing staff to leave 1 hour early is definitely not early enough for what will be a sold out game. For most staff, that would mean they get to leave at 4pm. However, the game starts at 6:30pm, which mean "officially" tailgating can start at 3:30pm. I would say a 3pm closing would make the most sense and do the most to relieve congestion from those folks leaving and the fans arriving.

Reader2 7 years, 9 months ago

This seems pretty unfair to staff. If they are to park elsewhere and take a bus to their office, they will have to allow extra time that I'm sure they won't be compensated for. What an inconvenience for them just so that others who also pay big bucks for a parking spot can tailgate. Money speaks.

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