Archive for Friday, February 12, 2010

Basketball fans will have to mind their watches during Saturday’s KU women’s basketball game

Free parking available, but must be vacated in time for men’s game that follows soon after

February 12, 2010


KU announces women's basketball parking regulations

Coming to KU's women's basketball game Saturday afternoon? Be sure to move your car in time for KU's men's matchup the same evening or KU will move it for you. Enlarge video

Paying to park

Kansas Athletics Inc. pays $16.50 per game for each of the 2,812 parking spaces it reserves for men’s basketball. For 20 games at Allen Fieldhouse, that’s $927,960.

For football, Kansas Athletics Inc. paid to reserve 3,266 spaces on campus for the 2009 season, also at $16.50 per game. With six home games, KU paid $323,334.

Total parking bill: $1,251,294, covered by parking fees paid to athletics and augmented by Williams Fund members’ ongoing donations to Kansas Athletics Inc.

Texas will play the KU women, and Iowa State will be in town to take on the KU men, but yet another intense competition will be played out between the two basketball games Saturday afternoon and evening at Allen Fieldhouse.

Call it Avoid the Tow.

Parking near Allen Fieldhouse will be free and available for fans showing up to watch the Kansas women tip off against the Longhorns at 1 p.m., as long as they use one of two lots: the parking garage north of the fieldhouse and Lot 90, which is across Naismith Drive and south of Robinson Center.

The two lots then must be cleared by 4 p.m., enough time to make room for the sellout crowd — and, specifically, the Williams Fund donors who have qualified and paid for such up-close parking — arriving for the men’s game at 7 p.m., against the Cyclones.

Don’t expect any mercy.

Kansas Athletics Inc. pays $16.50 per game to reserve each of 2,812 spaces: 770 in the parking garage, another 1,300 in Lot 90 and more than 600 scattered throughout smaller lots near the fieldhouse.

The spaces are resold to donors, whose combined annual contributions of more than $15 million finance athletics scholarships, support operations and bankroll renovation and construction projects for Kansas Athletics Inc.

Offending drivers first get hit with a $20 ticket. Next comes the call to Bulldog Towing, which charges $45 to get a vehicle out of impound on the company’s lot in North Lawrence.

“We have towed and we do tow every game,” said Donna Hultine, director of KU Parking & Transit. “We don’t love it. It’s not our favorite choice. But if we have to — the spaces are presold to other people — we will tow.”

Revenues from the reserved spaces account for about 20 percent of KU Parking & Transit’s annual budget, Hultine said, and therefore help keep costs down for regular parking passes sold to faculty, staff and students.


readit 8 years, 1 month ago

So it keeps the costs down for student parking passes, and yet, they students who work at the KU rec center on game days don't have anywhere to park. Surely they could mark off 10 or so spots for them.

Vinny1 8 years, 1 month ago

What exactly does the parking department do with its roughly 6 million dollar budget?

Nearly all of the lots are crappy and need resurfacing. It takes forever after a snowfall for them to plow the lots, and in turn, all the snow is already packed and can't get plowed.

Danimal 8 years, 1 month ago

I maintain that the KU Parking Department is pure evil. If you want an example of a group of people that have been given a tiny amount of power, and run amok with it, look no further than KU Parking. It's gotten worse since I went to KU, since they've blocked off even more lots for sporting events, but taking night classes in the spring was always a pain because of the basketball games. KU Parking is one of the departments of the University that lets you it's not about education or the students at KU, it's about the money.

skinny 8 years, 1 month ago


I think it has more to do with following the rules and if not, getting a parking ticket. Grow up!!

Bruce Bertsch 8 years, 1 month ago

It's Parking and Transit. They also run the bus system.

Khublai_Juan 8 years, 1 month ago

"Revenues from the reserved spaces account for about 20 percent of KU Parking & Transit’s annual budget, Hultine said, and therefore help keep costs down for regular parking passes sold to faculty, staff and students."

If these funds are used to keep costs down for parking passes for students, then how come the cost of a parking pass nearly doubled in the time that I attended KU? The massive funding for the Williams fund began while I was a student and brought in unheard of amounts of money and yet the price of my parking pass kept going up year to year, so I am having trouble understanding this statement. Sounds like BS to me.

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 1 month ago

I think the real complaint is that of the students who can't easily get to class or access the libraries during KU game days. As an example, the law students can't conveniently access the law library for several hours on days there is a basketball game. I would think a university would value the scholastic success of its students more then a few more bucks for the athletic program.

A few hundred students being able to park and take advantage of resources they have paid for seems to make more since for an "academic" institution.

Bursting 8 years, 1 month ago

The KU parking situation is absolute booootysweat. I don't know why everyone agrees with skinny, students with classes during games, or a need to be on campus for any reason should be able to use the parking lot they pay to have a pass for regardless of basketball games on weeknights or weekends. Period!

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 1 month ago

"beobachter (Anonymous) says… eride, simple question. How many classes are held on Saturday?"

beobachter, simple question, how many games are held on saturday?

Or another one... how many students go to campus outside of when they have class to use university facilities that are required to complete work in their classes?

Thanks for the completely worthless commentary beobachter.

wysiwyg69 8 years, 1 month ago

just sit in your car when they come to tow it, they can't tow a vehicle when occupied.

maxcrabb 8 years, 1 month ago

So... did anyone get a ticket?

Double overtime game. It had to be close for some folks.

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