UF is putting its new parking lot to use by selling spots about half a mile from the home football games.
People can purchase guaranteed parking near the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the newly opened Flavet Lot across Museum Road from Hume Hall, for $50 per game, said Scott Fox, the director of UF Transportation and Parking Services. Parking can be purchased using the Passport Parking Mobile Pay app or by credit card in person.
The Flavet Lot opened in August to make room for 600 parking spaces that would be gone during the construction of a 1,900-space parking garage on Gale Lemerand Drive.
Parking was first available for purchase last Wednesday and used for the first time during Saturday’s football game against Charleston Southern, said Fox. More than 90 people reserved spots in the 225-space lot.
“From the buzz we are hearing, we expect to do even better this Saturday,” Fox said. “Maybe even a sell out.”
UF Transportation and Parking Services has already been selling spaces for motorhome permits on football weekends have been sold for 20 years and is currently priced at $490 a season, said Fox.
The Passport app is free to download. It was chosen as a platform of payment because it is already used in Gainesville, said AnaLee Rodriguez, the marketing specialist for UF Transportation and Parking Services.
Livia Grillo, a 19-year-old UF microbiology sophomore, said she’s glad she can park near the stadium during home games rather than being inconvenienced by walking from a distance.
“It will be really convenient for when my parents come here for games,” Grillo said. “I’m glad it’s an option.”
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that purchasing a parking spot via a credit card must be done in person, not online and that the current season ticket price for a motorhome is $490 but has not consistently been this price for 20 years. The Alligator regrets the error.