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SBU fans who do not hold season parking passes can still secure a spot in either the Gym Road parking lot or the Stadium for a surcharge of $10 per vehicle. (SAHER JAFRI/THE STATESMAN)

 

Stony Brook University’s Athletics Department has initiated a new parking protocol for the 2014 football season. As of this semester, game-day parking at the LaValle Stadium parking lot will now require fans to purchase a season parking pass.

“With increased crowds coming to Stony Brook Football games each year, the changes to game-day parking at LaValle Stadium were made in an effort to enhance the fan experience and allow fans to get to the game in a safe and more efficient manner,” Thomas Chen said, the assistant athletics director for communications, in an email.

For fans and ticket holders looking to secure that perfect parking spot, passes can be purchased for $75 and are discounted at $60 for Touchdown Club members. Each pass guarantees the best available spot in the stadium’s lot for all six of the team’s home games.

Fans who do not purchase a season parking pass can still secure a spot in either the Stadium or Gym Road parking lot for a surcharge of $10 per vehicle. These extra parking areas will run on a first-come, first-served basis and will open six hours prior to game-time.

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“We want all fans to enjoy the Stony Brook Football experience, and we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with our 2014 Fan Guide so that on game day they are able to choose the parking option that best fits their needs,” Chen said.

On game-days, the Stadium and Gym Road lots as well as the metered Sports Complex parking area will be specifically reserved for football fans and season parking pass holders. The areas will be closed to all others, with the exception of vehicles displaying a valid handicapped pass.

Additional game-day parking options include the university’s commuter, faculty and residential parking lots. Proper permits are required for these lots, unless otherwise stated. Generally, unrestricted parking in these areas is available on weekends and after 4 p.m. during the week.

The university’s parking enforcement department could not be reached for comment on these changes.

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The Athletics Department also advised fans to take extra precaution when traveling within the university on game-day. Faculty, staff and students are advised to use the north entrance for the easiest access, as traffic patterns may be adjusted at the main campus entrance.

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