Construction Edges Out More Than 700 Parking Spaces
UA officials closed nearly 730 parking spaces for the construction on the Football Operations Center, officials said.
“The major changes that have been made to parking recently are mostly near Pomfret and the HPER,” said Andy Gilbride, spokesperson for UA Transit and Parking.
Lot 55, formally an all-Green lot off of Meadow Street, has been reduced to faculty and paid parking spots to accommodate new football practice fields, Gilbride said.
There is a temporary loss of 466 parking spaces and will be a permanent loss of 260 parking spaces behind the HPER building, according to the Parking and Transit website. After the Football Operations Center is completed, the UA will add 80 parking spaces.
There also will be a temporary loss of half the spaces in Lot 40 because of the Hotz Hall Renovation.
“I used to always park in the large Green Lot behind Pomfret,” said Emily McLain, freshman communication disorders major. “It is very frustrating that I can’t park there. I have to park by either the baseball or softball field most of the time now.”
Lot 67, once faculty and HPER parking, is now closed because of construction for the practice field, Gilbride said.
“Both Lot 74 and 47 North do not allow overnight parking anymore,” he said.
The pedestrian entrance off of Razorback Road is also closed because of construction on the practice facilities, he said.
“I’m not sure where students who used to park in Lot 55 are parking now,” said Isaac Boroughs, freshman music education major. “It is frustrating to have to park so far away just because you don’t have a Resident Reserved parking pass.”
“It seems like maybe some students left their cars at home when coming back to campus for the second semester,” he said. “I don’t see how everyone would find a spot otherwise.”
The UA currently has enough parking spots for the number of students owning Green parking passes, Gilbride said.