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.