The average home game attendance at Lupton Baseball Stadium has increased exponentially over the last five years. This trend is expected to continue; 2017 pre-season attendance is already at an all-time high.
This jump in attendance means more fans are searching for parking spots.
Donor parking now includes Lot 13 due to demand for reserved parking, but donors can still use Lot 14 like in previous seasons, said Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations.
He said that the demand for reserved baseball parking rivals that of home football and basketball games.
Non-reserved parking options haven’t changed and are available in Lots 2, 3 and 4. These lots are serviced by two shuttles that drop off on the west side of the stadium. This map shows free parking options: http://www.maps.tcu.edu/Map.aspx?c=PERMIT%20PARKING
Fans who do not want to pay or be shuttled from the free lots are crowding neighborhood streets.
There’s a noticeable difference with the number of cars parking on residential streets this early in the season, according to a resident who lives on the corner of Bellaire Drive South directly across from the stadium. Last year, the streets didn’t fill up as quickly for weeknight games.
Residents have to follow the last-minute signs posted to park and are affected by all the cars, making it difficult to get in and out of their neighborhood.
“It appears to me that the parking becomes more of a problem every year,” said a stadium-neighboring resident of 20 years.
It was suggested to put up “no parking” signs well in advance to allow families and residents more time to move their cars and not alter their everyday routine as much, especially on weeknights.
TCU Frog Club tweeted a map with more information on the added reserved parking opportunity: https://twitter.com/TCUFrogClub/status/834158904720388097/photo/1