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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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

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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

Migady 7 years, 6 months ago

Wasn't it already difficult to pull a crowd for the women's games? Title 9 is a b:tch.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

I heard doing things like charging for parking is a great way to get fans into an empty field house.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

“From an economic standpoint … this practice is no longer tenable,”

How much are they paying the employee that has to go out and push the button that locks the gate in the open position and put out the sign that says "free parking"?

Geeeesh!

milehighhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

LOL. Yeah, that'll put a$$es in the seats.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

“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.

Not winning games will be the only thing that discourages basketball fans from attending the games.

HawkTronic 7 years, 6 months ago

As the article said, there are free parking spaces availible in surface lots. So as long as 300 spaces remain open - all in attendance can park for free!

Pitthawk34 7 years, 6 months ago

Wow a whole $1.25 an hour, I dont think people will exactly need to dip in their savings to pay that one. That in my opinion is more than fair to park in the garage on snowy/rainy days. If I was in charge I would raise the price.

texashawk10 7 years, 6 months ago

KU's attendance for the past several years, I think 5 years is fair. The first number is the average home attendance and the second number is the average road attendance for KU women's basketball

2010-11: 2405, 3874 2009-10: 3772, 5393 2008-09: 3965, 3641 2007-08: 2750, 4603 2006-07: 2657, 4040

A team that made the NCAA tournament on a regular basis would go a long ways towards getting KU's attendance up closer to the average of their away games. Better marketing of the team would go a long way as well because it's a very family friendly atmosphere and a pretty cheap way to experience a game at AFH and take in the history of the building.

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