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KU now charging for garage parking for women’s basketball fans

October 20, 2011

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The days of free, covered parking for Jayhawk women’s basketball games is over.

Unlike in years past, Kansas University Parking & Transit no longer is lifting its gates to the parking garage at Allen Fieldhouse following the Jayhawks’ women’s games, ending a practice that had started at the request of Kansas Athletics Inc.

“From an economic standpoint … this practice is no longer tenable,” said Donna Hultine, director of KU Parking & Transit, in a message distributed to several hundred season-ticket holders for women’s games.

Fans still can park in several of Kansas University’s surface lots near the fieldhouse for free after 5 p.m. weeknights and on weekends, but parking in the fieldhouse garage will cost folks the toll rate of $1.25 an hour, payable upon exit.

“We hope and expect that it won’t discourage basketball fans from attending the women’s basketball games,” said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director.

The policy change will not affect the garage during men’s basketball games. All of those spaces remain reserved for season-ticket holders who are members of the Williams Fund and have enough points compiled to buy special, per-game parking passes.

Passes for men’s games are purchased by Kansas Athletics, then resold — at cost — to qualifying buyers, with all proceeds going to KU Parking & Transit, Marchiony said. The same goes for passes in KU’s garage along Mississippi Street during football games.

Now, following women’s basketball games, KU Parking & Transit will accept cash, Visa or Mastercard payments for people parking in the garage directly north of the fieldhouse. Such added inconvenience and costs are complications for which Hultine expressed “regret” in her note distributed to fans.

Marchiony didn’t have a word to describe the decision, only acknowledgment of an overall economic reality.

“I don’t believe there’s an entity in the country that isn’t looking at its budget and making appropriate decisions,” Marchiony said.

Comments

someguy 2 years, 10 months ago

These poor people are attending women's basketball games. Haven't they suffered enough?

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independent_rebel 2 years, 10 months ago

+1

And yes, I do go to several games a year, thank you.

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Hadley_says 2 years, 10 months ago

I love it when KU Parking and KU Athletics scratch each others' eyes out scrapping for the holy green dollar.

Aren't the values of higher education uplifting?

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cowboy 2 years, 10 months ago

Geez , I could care less about womens BBall but this is just bad PR.

If they are worried about the budget maybe they should fire their extremely overpaid womens coach.

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brew_crew122 2 years, 10 months ago

That should take the attendance from 100 down to 25.

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Brandi Simpson-Glover 2 years, 10 months ago

there already aren't lots of people who do attend and this will certainly not make it any better for the KU womens team-that is sad. I agree w/ the comment above :(

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OPColt 2 years, 10 months ago

Some of you posters are just pathetic! How about a little support for the womens basketball team instead of bashing them?

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itsalwayssunnyinlarry 2 years, 10 months ago

I'll admit i'm not a big fan of women sports (and i'm a chick) but i definitely agree with you

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OPColt 2 years, 10 months ago

Some of you posters are just pathetic! How about a little support for the womens basketball team instead of bashing them?

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

rah rah ra r ...............zzzzzzzzzzz

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forgetful 2 years, 10 months ago

As a season ticket holder of both women's basketball and men's basketball, I am very disappointed in KU Parking's handling of this. We work very hard to support women's basketball at KU, for many reasons. The student athletes are wonderful, down to earth people who, more than likely, will go on to careers in something other than basketball. They value their education, and they appreciate representing the students and our community. The more people we can pull in to Allen Field House for women's basketball, the more pressure we take off men's basketball and football as revenue generators for all the non-revenue sports that we support at KU.

Everyone understands that attendance will increase with winning, and with good luck and few injuries, we may take some steps forward in that regard this year.

The better the attendance, the better the atmosphere in Allen Field House, the quicker the team will advance.

Yet KU Parking decides to start a turf war with the athletic department over parking for women's basketball this year. The majority of the fans will park somewhere else, opting not to pay or opting not to wait in huge lines for cars to leave the garage one at a time. Others may not attend at all (especially in bad weather) if they can't park for free in the garage; it's just the nature of fandom in what many view as a fringe sport at KU.

KU Parking is more concerned about their turf war than they are about the good for the university as a whole. Hopefully, the Chancellor can "persuade" KU Parking to re-think their stand!

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Eride 2 years, 10 months ago

I have a parking pass to that garage and I get kicked out by KU Athletics on game days. What is fair about that? People attending women's basketball games shouldn't be getting free parking in that garage and taking spots over people who have paid an arm and a leg to be able to park there year round. There isn't a turf war because KU Athletics has always been in charge. That is why all KU Parking permits get "voided" on men's basketball days. It should be fairly obvious to you who has the power in that arrangement...

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

forgetful, why are they not winning. Best hoops climate in Midwest, highest paid female (not only coach, but lady) in the state of Kansas by x 5. How about putting the best gals within 100 miles radius of Lawrence together and kick some butuski.

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dogsandcats 2 years, 10 months ago

It's $1.25 an hour. It will cost you less than $10. If you don't like it, go put up a tent in the garage and occupy it.

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bd 2 years, 10 months ago

They had to do this to because the Oread Towers was parking in the other parking garage for free after 5:00 and they are now charging 24/7

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Noweigh 2 years, 10 months ago

charging for parking for women's basketball is similar to the question; if a tree falls in a forest with no one around, does it make a sound?

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lawrencian 2 years, 10 months ago

Ack, the sky is falling!

Someone should ask Parking how many parking spaces there are around the fieldhouse that AREN'T in the garage, and then compare that to the number of people who actually attend women's games... Also, spending a few bucks on the covered parking ($1.25/hr x 4 hrs = $5) doesn't even come close to the $16/game that they pay for parking at men's basketball games!

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bankboy119 2 years, 10 months ago

As exciting as women's basketball is I think this video shows why most people don't support it.

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