LSU game day parking issues discussed
POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 9:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:12pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — LSU fans good news. There could be some relief headed your way when it comes to parking difficulties on the LSU campus. The LSU athletic department and campus police are both working on how to tackle the problems.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva posted on LSUSports.net explained LSU has hired a group of game day traffic consultants to help better LSU's traffic plan and parking routines during game day.
LSU actually hired the consultants before the season started. They were on hand last weekend for the Florida Game, and they'll be back for the Texas A & M game too.
Captain Cory Lalonde, with the LSU Police Department, said LSU Police are also working to help fans get to the fun faster.
"Looking at those things and trying to come up with temporary solutions to find additional parking spaces and see if there is anything different that we can do with traffic. "
Lalonde said game day traffic and parking troubles are a bigger issue this year.
"Tell you that nothing has changed from the procedures that we did last year the biggest change is just simply the number of spots that we don't have this year for people to park on campus," He said.
Lalonde says since last fall LSU's lost around 2,000 parking spots because of construction.
"A lot of the construction taking place off of the River Road area for the soccer complex for the u-rec that took up a lot of spots from the Hayfield lot.. We also have construction near Kirby Smith on a new dorm that is going to be going up," Lalonde said.
Fans complained to LSU officials about the traffic and parking for the Florida Game. Lalonde says the time of the game was one factor.
Lalonde described: "The Florida game was an afternoon game a 2:30 kickoff. So, in addition, of people changing the times they were coming out or maybe not coming out as early. We did see the bulk of the traffic tended to come at the same time.".
Lalonde suggest if you want to make your trip into campus easier try carpooling or using one of the shuttles from around town. Also don't forget to get to campus early.
"Don't plan to come within an hour to kickoff and expect to be able to get on campus and be able to necessarily get into the stadium on time," Lalonde said.