By: Madey Jacks and Jessica Richardson
Construction in the southeast parking lot, or “back lot” as it is commonly referred called, took up eighty parking spots this morning. The cranes that are occupying the spots are being used to remove light poles which will enable the construction of the new visitors’ and home stands.
“They’re taking the light poles down,” Athletic Director Jon Zwitt said. “They’re taking those down because they’re getting ready to pour the concrete pads for the bleachers. [The new stadium is] going to be a lot more compact. Right now we stretch from about the goal-line to goal-line about eleven rows high. The new one will be about from the seven to the seven and twenty-seven rows high. A lot more compact, more up, so you can get a much better view.”
Despite an email, announcement and Tweet, construction still proved to be a hindrance to student’s timely arrival to school this morning. After the lot was full, students were to park in the baseball parking lot. However, this solution presented problems to some students.
“I was late because of the parking situation. I combed the parking lots to see if there was a spot, there wasn’t,” senior Giovanni Vivaldi said.
The weather only added to students’ parking woes.
“I had to walk through a pond to get here! The grass is completely soaked,” senior Mackenzie May said.
One student viewed the inconvenient parking situation as an opportunity to serve their fellow students.
“I’m pulling in and I realized I’m going to be late, and I don’t want my girlfriend to be late so, I dropped her car off at the baseball parking [and then] I dropped her off at the front,” junior Dan Root said. “Ten other people were walking so I said ‘Hey that’s a shame. Hey, hop in.’ So about ten people hopped in the back of the truck and I drove them here. I saw Williamson sitting at the edge of the parking lot and we made awkward eye contact. He shook his head in disapproval and then I let ten people off at the edge so they wouldn’t be late.”
Root has asked to be referred to as “The Transporter.”
Zwitt offers some advice in case the hundred foot light poles haven’t been removed by tomorrow morning.
“The best thing would be to come a little early and park in the baseball [lot],” Zwitt said. ‘You know, don’t even look for another spot, just go right to baseball. It’s another ninety seconds from the baseball to the east lot.”