By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (August 24, 2015) — The home parking lot on the east side of Tarleton Memorial Stadium is something Stephenville fans have enjoyed access to for decades.
But it’s gone. For good.
A new residence hall is being constructed where the home parking lot has always stood, but Stephenville ISD has a plan in place to get fans safely in and out of Memorial Stadium for its home football games, beginning with the season opener against Venice (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
SISD athletic director Alan Haire said Monday that the full expanded parking lot on the west side of the stadium – traditionally the visitor’s side – will be available for fans, and there will be two public entrances including an express entrance for those with season tickets or pre-purchased tickets.
Fans needing to purchase tickets must enter through the gate near the middle of the fence along the west side of the stadium. Tickets at the gate are $7 for everyone.
Pre-sale tickets will be available each week at SHS and cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Fans with pre-sale or season tickets are encouraged to park at the north end of the west-side parking lot and enter the stadium through the northern-most gate by following the sidewalk running between the stadium and intramural athletic fields.
“I strongly urge everyone who knows they are going to a game to get their tickets in advance to avoid having to wait in line to get into the stadium,” said Haire. “If you already have your ticket, you can enter quickly through the north gate and you’ll already be halfway around to the home seating.”
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will vote in September whether to approve a request from Tarleton State University to renovate Memorial Stadium. If passed, it’s possible construction could begin as soon as next March.
Those plans call for making the west side of the stadium the home side, which would prevent home fans from having to partially circle the stadium on foot to reach their seats. Regardless, east side parking is no more.
“It’s a change from the way we’ve always done things, but we’ll make the most of it,” said Haire. “I think once everyone gets the hang of things and gets used to doing it this way, everything will be fine.”