Oct. 16 football game will impact OSU parking

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A Thursday night home game will impact campus parking for employees and students. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

OSU students, staff and faculty should plan ahead as parking on campus will be a challenge on Thursday, Oct. 16, due to a weekday home football game against Utah, beginning at 7 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 after 1 p.m. on the 16th. On gameday, OSU parking permit holders will be allowed to park in any A, B, or C zone, regardless of their permitted zone, but some parking lots will be closing midday to employees and students to accommodate ticketholders.

Department heads and directors are encouraged to be more flexible with employees to accommodate the influx of cars and visitors to campus.

A free shuttle to and from campus will be offered to anyone who parks at the Benton County Fairgrounds beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday morning through 2 a.m. Friday morning after the game. The drop-off point on campus is 30th and Washington. During peak hours, the shuttle will run at least every 30 minutes (see map at http://bit.ly/fairgroundshuttle) This service will also be provided to residence hall permit holders. The OSU Beaver Bus service will run on its normal schedule.

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The Beaver Bus will continue to run, in addition to extra shuttles, to help the parking situation.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, some parking lots will be open only to those with athletics-issued game-day parking passes and must be vacated by OSU permit holders. These include:

  • All Reser Stadium parking lots;
  • The Gill lot;
  • The parking garage at 26th Street and Washington;
  • South Farm parking lot off Brooklane Road.

Other parking areas (listed below) will be available until 3 p.m. for regular faculty/staff business day parking. After 3 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.


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OSU employees are encouraged to consider telecommuting or riding public transportation on Oct. 16 to avoid parking hassles. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

All other Faculty/Staff parking lots that are designated as “Athletics Event” parking on game days are available for regular business-day parking. However, they will have attendants starting at 4 p.m. Employees are encouraged to vacate these lots by 5 p.m., and will be required to vacate those lots by 6 p.m.


RVs are only allowed after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 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 Thursday 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:  http://www.osubeavers.com/pdf9/2778891.pdf

For additional information regarding game-day parking on campus, visit the OSU athletics website at www.osubeavers.com or for offering thoughts and concerns, e-maileventmanagement@oregonstate.eduwecare@oregonstate.edu or contact Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing at steve.clark@oregonstate.edu. For suggestions on alternative transportation:


The Corvallis Transit System map is accessible at: http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=884

~ Theresa Hogue

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