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Parking Restrictions Announced in Connection with Dec. 1 Basketball Game at Ted Constant Convocation Center

With Old Dominion University's basketball game against the University of Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 1, expected to sell out, ODU Parking and Transportation Services and Ted Constant Convocation Center management agency Global Spectrum have announced some parking restrictions near the arena.

These restrictions will go into effect at 6 a.m. on game day due to the difficulty of removing cars midday from a lot that's needed for arena spectators.

The first two levels of Garage C, located on the south side of the Constant Center (behind the McDonald's on Hampton Boulevard), will close at 6 a.m. for parking for Big Blue Club members.

Levels two and three of Garage D, located on the north side of the Constant Center (behind the SpringHill Suites Marriott on Hampton Boulevard), will be blocked off for VIP parking after 6 a.m. Garage D will also be made "exit only" at 3 p.m. No one will be able to park in that garage except for guests coming to the basketball game.

"No matter how well we advertise that we'll need the special event parking spaces for a game or event, nor how many signs we post in the days leading up to the event, we often have to tow many cars out of the parking garages," ODU Parking and Transportation Services director Slade McCalip said, in explaining the early closures.

"We have found that the most efficient way and least intrusive - and least expensive to the student - way to clear cars out of special event parking lots is to block the lot off early in the morning before anyone parks in the lot."

After garages C and D are full, basketball spectators will be directed to park in garages A and B, the WHRO parking lot and Lot 43 (on Powhatan Avenue across from the Powhatan Sports Complex). A shuttle bus will be available to take guests from overflow parking to the Constant Center.

With the expected size of the crowd, students with afternoon and evening classes are urged to park in garages A, B and E.

This article was posted on: November 30, 2010

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