Campus parking on Nov. 1 will be a challenge

OSU students, staff and faculty are encouraged to plan ahead as parking on campus will be a challenge on Friday, Nov. 1, due to a rare weekday home football game against the University of Southern California, beginning at 6 p.m.

Employees are encouraged to find alternative transportation to work that day, or to park very strategically, as some lots will be restricted to those with game day passes only. Department heads and directors are encouraged to be more flexible with employees due to potential problems with the morning commute that day.

Employees and students who utilize Corvallis’ free public transit system will be given incentives from drivers as they’re dropped off on campus Nov. 1 (incentives TBA). Additionally, a free shuttle to and from campus will be offered to anyone who parks at the Benton County Fairgrounds from noon to 5 p.m., making it easier for those who drive off-campus for lunch to be able to get back to work.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the office of Transit and Parking Services will begin implementing the intricate parking plan on Oct. 31, when some of the first recreational vehicle (RV) patrons arrive.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, some parking lots will be open only to those with athletics-issued game-day parking passes. These include:

• All Reser Stadium parking lots;
• The parking garage at 26th Street and Washington Way (except for the fifth level, which will remain available for resident student parking);
• The gravel parking lot behind the Softball Complex and the Hilton Garden Inn;
• South Farm parking lot off Brooklane Road.


Parking map for Nov. 1

Other parking areas (listed below) will be available until 1 p.m. for regular faculty/staff business day parking. After 1 p.m., however, entrance to these areas will be limited only to people with athletics-issued game-day parking permits. Employee and student vehicles already parked in these lots may remain until 5 p.m., at which time all vehicles without athletics-issued passes must vacate. Signs will be posted at the entrance of these lots. These include:

• Lots between 15th Street and 11th Street, off Washington Way;
• The Benton Place parking lots east of Goss Stadium;
• Lots off Washington Way adjacent to the Student Legacy Park (intramural fields);
• The 30th Street parking lots around Peavy Hall, between Jefferson Street and Washington Way;
• The 30th Street parking lot by Magruder Hall;
• The 35th Street parking lot at the OSU Foundation building;
• The lot off 15th Street and Western Boulevard at the University Plaza building;
• For RVs: The gravel parking lot at 30th Street and Campus Way next to the Motor Pool.

All other Faculty/Staff parking lots that are designated as “Athletics Event” parking on game days are available for regular business-day parking. However, employees are encouraged to vacate these lots by 5 p.m.
RV’s are only allowed after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the gravel lot off 35th and Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Employees and students who normally park in this location, should give themselves extra time Friday morning to locate a parking space as many may be filled with recreational vehicles. RV’s are not permitted on campus in any other lot.

A map is available to help visitors, students and employees better understand designated lots. It is available online at:

The Corvallis Transit System map is accessible at:

6 Responses to “Campus parking on Nov. 1 will be a challenge”

  1. jason says:

    So, in other words, what you guys are saying “If you are a student that drives to campus, don’t come on Friday, you won’t have any place to park. If you do park in a ‘Athletic Event Parking Only’ area, you get in trouble.” Students like me, who have classes until 4pm on Fridays, are screwed according to this. Expecting all driving students and staff to follow these rules is absurd. This is a university, not a football super dome. The students who are currently paying thousands of dollars to be here to learn should come first, not the fans. Don’t get me wrong, we all love football and watching the Beavers play, but there is a reason games happen on Saturdays (no classes are held on the weekends…).

  2. Edward says:

    You have provided information about what not to do, but
    you have not provided detailed information on the options
    for those OSU employees and students commuting from
    outside Corvallis and have purchased fall term parking
    permits from the OSU Parking Services. Please refocus
    the message to this more important issue, or close the
    university for the day.

  3. Allen Palmer says:

    Unfortunately, the administration at OSU seems to have lost sight of the primary purpose of this university, that being the education of students who pay tuition and parking fees, not as a training camp for professional football teams.

    It’s time for OSU to get back to basics of education.

  4. Dave says:

    Relax, folks. Except for the lots closest to Reser (see orange lots on map), all other lots allow for students/staff/faculty to remain parked up til 5 p.m., provided you arrive before 1 p.m.

    “Employee and student vehicles already parked in these lots may remain until 5 p.m.”

    It’s not the apocalypse or anything. Keep calm and find a parking space.

  5. Diana says:

    This parking situation is very disrespectful to the students who drive to corvallis. I have a 45 minute drive and am going to be on campus in classes from 1pm to 9 pm…i would leave at 5 but i have a physics lab friday night that goes till 9 pm…what am i suppose to do? park miles away and walk to campus? why did i pay $200 to buy a parking pass when its not going to do me any good on game-days like this where its mandatory that i be on campus all day?
    I agree that OSU is spending too much time putting their sports team first and their academic achievers have to suffer. We can’t even have one parking lot open past 5 pm? Seriously, do the parking personal just not care about students with late night classes? are all just suppose to be magically done with the day by 5 pm?
    This is very unthoughtful of the university and makes me feel personally unappricated even though I am paying a small fortune to attend this university and another arm/leg just to afford the parking pass to begin with.

  6. T.C. says:

    This is all too typical, the focus of this college, and many others, is athletics, NOT academics. IT IS APPALLING that students who PAID for parking are being denied it, for the sake of a football game, WHICH IS NOT THE POINT OF WHAT COLLEGE IS. Infuriating! And a disgrace