This Saturday, April 20, the Charlotte 49er’s football team will be playing in their Green and White spring game.
In an email last week from Gary Caton, Parking and Transportation Services director, students were informed about game-day parking.
According to the game day parking information found on the UNC Charlotte website, student resident lots will not be affected by game day parking.
However, there is one student resident lot that will.
Lot 25, the only student resident lot affected located across from Wallis Hall, is now an FSL (49ers Seat License) holder tailgating spot.
Many students who park in Lot 25 were outraged by Caton’s email.
Because of the increased traffic on campus and limited number of parking spaces for game days, residents who park in Lot 25 must move their vehicles by midnight Friday, April 19, or risk being towed.
This holds true for all future football games in the fall as well.
With students paying $415 for parking passes, should they be forced to relocate their vehicles in order for someone to tailgate?
Not exactly, but apparently it’s the only way 49er fans attending games will all fit.
In the email from Caton, students who park in Lot 25 are told they need to move their car to North Deck by Friday night.
Although North Deck is located right next to Lot 25, not every student who parks in Lot 25 will be able to fit in North Deck since some residents already park in there.
Sophomore Angel Khanhphane will be living in Wallis next year and is among the many students frustrated by the game-day parking situation.
Khanhphane said, “I think it’s stupid, next year that uh, I’ll be living in Wallis and I’ll have to move my car, even though I paid like $500 for a parking pass.”
She’s not the only student who is annoyed with spending a lot of money on a parking pass only to be told they can’t park near their residence hall on game days.
Hopefully parking officials will see how much of an inconvenience this is to students who park in Lot 25 and will come up with a solution by the time the regular football season begins in the fall of this year.