Parking fees roll into town

Alumni, students and anyone planning to attend the Homecoming game should be prepared to pay for parking or walk. Or both.

On game day fans can expect to pay $10 to park on the intramural field and five dollars to park at other lots.

These lots include the parking garage, the parking information center lot, areas near Eugenia and Gamble streets and the agricultural field across from the physical plant.

Lots that are free but have limited space are the Gibbs parking lot, Foote-Hilyer parking lot and the band parking lot.

Members of the FAMU Booster Club may park free at the stadium.

The athletic department receives all funds from parking at the intramural field, the area near Eugenia and Gamble Streets and the agricultural field.

The FAMU Athletic Department has a working relationship with FAMU High School to raise money for the high school.

The boys’ basketball team and its supporters work the lots on game days and receive a 25 percent commission towards the athletic programs at the school.

Students may be miffed about paying to park after they have paid their fees, but it’s included in their agreement when they get a decal said John Kirby, the director of business and financial/auxiliary services.

“The parking garage is not free on game day or during any special event,” he said.

“It’s been a rule since the garage opened and is in the Parking and Traffic Regulation Booklet.”

Clifton Peters said he thinks parking for football games should be organized better.

“I think that they need to take into account the number of people that attend an event such as a football game, and plan accordingly,” said Peters, 21, a senior computer information systems student from Port Gibson, Miss.

Students have to decide to walk and park free or park closer and have to pay.

The FAMU and Tallahassee Police departments will be on watch at the different lots around campus.

“The parking lot areas will have roving patrols to continuously monitor parking lots,” said Sgt. Norman Rollins, the special operations coordinator for the FAMU Police Department.

Some streets will be one-way before and after the game.

“Two hours before each home game, traffic will be detoured one-way north from the corner of Wahnish Way and Osceola Street to Bragg Stadium and one-way south from Wahnish Way and FAMU Way to the parking garage,” Rollins said.

The traffic flow will alternate after the game to guide traffic one-way in the opposite direction said Rollins.

Both Kirby and DuPont-Jones said prices for parking are subject to change.