Nov. 17, 2011

Parking tips for Friday's Iowa State-Oklahoma State game

by Annette Hacker, News Service

Iowa State's football home finale is set for Friday, Nov. 18, with a 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Jack Trice Stadium donor and public parking lots will open to fans at 1 p.m., several hours before classes and work end for the day.

As they do for all home games, people who normally park around the stadium and in commuter lots at Iowa State Center will need to move their cars. Campus parking spots will be scarce on Friday afternoon. Finding room for an extra 3,000 cars in campus parking spaces requires a little cooperation on everyone's part. Here's what you need to know before Friday.

Public parking

Public parking lots at Jack Trice Stadium will open at 1 p.m. Officials prefer that parking stalls be used by fans who have tickets to the game. Tailgaters are asked to limit their setup to one parking space and to keep routes open for other vehicles to park. Glass bottles, kegs and open fires are not allowed in parking lots. Smoking is not allowed in or near Jack Trice Stadium.

Public parking near the stadium is $20 per car and $40 for RVs and buses. Medical accessible parking is located in Lot S2.


Motorists who normally park in the Iowa State Center lots will be directed to these locations on Friday:

  • Kmart/Staples parking lot, 1405 Buckeye Ave. (east side only, along Buckeye)
  • Lot 29, north of the Molecular Biology and Communications buildings
  • Lot 29B, west of Frederiksen Court across Stange Road
  • Memorial Union Parking Ramp (regular hourly rates apply)
  • General Staff lots on campus after 11 a.m.

Commuters are receiving this information multiple times this week, and signs are posted in and around the Ann Campbell Transit Station. Commuters may ride CyRide's Orange route free from the east side of the Kmart lot to campus. Pickup from the Kmart lot will end at 6:34 p.m. Look for the bus stop signs.

Stadium permits

Those who usually park at Jack Trice Stadium -- primarily students -- must move their cars by 11 a.m. on Friday. They'll be directed to:

  • Lots A, B, C and G at the Towers
  • Lot 100, Lied Recreation Center
  • Lot 29, north of the Molecular Biology and Communication buildings
  • Lot 29B, west of Frederiksen Court across Stange Road
  • East campus parking deck (upper level only)
  • Lot 21, west of the Armory

Stadium permit holders may return their cars to the stadium anytime on Saturday. Stadium parkers also will receive an email with this information.

General staff (gold) permits

General staff lots will be open to the public after 11 a.m. on Friday. If you have a general staff permit, you'll have no problem tackling a parking space first thing in the morning, but you may lose your spot if you leave for a meeting or lunch. Consider walking or riding CyRide to appointments if at all possible.

Reserved (cardinal) permits

It's business as usual in reserved lots on gameday Friday. These parking spots are not up for grabs. Reserved spaces will remain available only to those with reserved permits for an assigned lot.

Disability, 24-hour reserve permits

Parking in spaces for holders of these permits will be strictly enforced.