Special Event Parking Information

Planning: Parking Changes and Updates

About a month ago, you received an overview of some of the campus parking changes for the upcoming year. With school around the corner, it is important to highlight some of the more specific changes and options to smooth out the start of the new school years.

Parking Availability: 
It is important to know where to park. Here are some changes to be aware of:

  • Morrison Parking Garage R-2 is now reserved for holders of red or yellow permits and hourly parking. This is similar to the parking in Anderson Parking Facility. Permit holders swipe their St Thomas ID card upon entering or exiting. Parking is available in both the north and south section sections of the parking garage. R-3 and Lot C is restricted to holders of Residence Life Permits.
  • Lot B is now a restricted parking lot for holders of Admissions Guest permits. This restriction applies Monday -Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A red or yellow St Thomas permit is required Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday from 5:00 p.m. to Sunday at 10:00 p.m. no permit is required; however, there is no parking in this Lot from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.
  • The restriction of No Parking 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. also applies to the following parking locations: Anderson Parking Facility, Anderson Student Center Parking Garage, McNeely Parking Garage, Morrison Parking Garage R-2, Lots B, D, I, K, L, M, N, O, P. In Lot A there is no parking Sunday to Friday 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.; however, parking during this time is permitted on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • There are times when a vehicle may need to be left overnight. The designated parking lot for this is Lot V. The vehicle must be registered with Parking and Transportation Services, 651-962-7278.

Handicapped Parking:
Starting this fall, there will be two types of handicapped parking stalls in the surface lots. One set of stalls will be labeled for holders of a valid state issued handicapped permit along with a valid red (employee) or yellow (commuter) permit. The second set of stalls will be for holders of a valid state issued permit and the signs will be labeled for a two-hour limit. Guests with just the handicapped permit will not be allowed to park in the stalls requiring a St. Thomas parking permit or in any lot without a permit. Guest handicap parking is also available in the parking ramps, during visitor parking hours. The same parking restrictions for 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. also apply to handicapped parking.

This is being done to provide more equitable parking for guests with handicapped permits coming to campus.

Parking in Ramps, Garages, and Facilities:

  • Anderson Parking Facility and Morrison Parking Garage R-2 offer guest parking from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. McNeely Parking Garage and Anderson Student Center Parking Garage offer guest parking after 4 p.m. Monday–Friday and selected hours on week-ends.
  • Beginning this fall, the parking systems are going to be cashless. This is the trend with automated parking systems. It saves time for the guests entering and exiting and greatly minimizes staff time in maintaining the system and curtails general operation problems.
  • Guests parking in these facilities must use a credit card Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Hourly payers are not to take a ticket. They swipe the credit card when they enter and the same credit card when they exit. They do not go to the pay station.
  • If a guest has been told they will be given a parking voucher by a St. Thomas staff member for complimentary parking, the guest should then pull a ticket. The parking voucher will be given by the staff member to the guest at their meeting. The guest then enters the parking voucher and the parking ticket at the exit gate.
  • It has been over a decade since the hourly fees for parking have increased. Beginning at the start of the semester, the hourly rates for parking will go from $1.50 per hour to $2.00 per hour before 4 p.m. and from $1.00 per hour to $1.50 per hour after 4 p.m. Again, payment is only by one of the above listed credit cards. No cash.

Guests coming for St. Thomas Athletic Events, are encouraged to park as indicated below. Out of courtesy to the neighbors and to avoid city parking tickets, guests are advised not to park on city streets. For directions or a map showing the below locations go to Campus Maps.

Football

There is free parking in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Gates open at 7 a.m. and will close following the game. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround. There is limited parking for vehicles with a state issued disability permit in Anderson Parking Facility and in Lot B. (Fall Sport)

Soccer

There is free parking for St. Thomas home varsity games in Lots M and O on South Campus. The complimentary parking is available from 1 hour prior to the start of the game to 1 hour after the end of the game. Also guests may pay the hourly rate for parking in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave.. Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Lots M, O and Anderson Parking Facility. (Fall Sport)

Volleyball

Guests for volleyball matches are to park in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Guests need to swipe their credit when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround and disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility. (Fall Sport)

Swimming & Diving

Guests for swimming & diving events are to park in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround and disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility. (Dec. – Feb.)

Basketball

Guests for basketball games are to park in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. . Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround and disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility.. (Dec. – Feb.)

Indoor Track & Field

Guests for indoor track & field meets are to park in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround and disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility. (January-March) 

Outdoor Track & Field

Guests for outdoor track & field meets are to park in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. There is mobility drop-off at the north end of the Anderson Student Center Turnaround and disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility. (April-May)

Baseball

During the week, guests attending the baseball games are directed to park in Morrison Parking Garage R-2. Entrance is located on the south side of Morrison Hall, at the bottom of the hill near the football stadium. Swipe credit card at entrance and same credit card at exit. Do not take a ticket.

Also, during the week, there is very limited free parking only in Lots A and D. The complimentary parking is available from 1 hour prior to the start of the game to 1 hour after the end of the game.

Special Note: There is no parking in Lot B, the surface lot adjacent to the baseball field, or Lot C, at the corner of Selby Ave. and Finn St. N. These are now restricted parking lots and require a special permit. Parking in these locations may result in a parking ticket.

On the weekend, there is complimentary parking in Lots A, B, and D.

There is disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Morrison Parking Garage R-2, and Lots A and D and on weekends, Lot B.

(March – May)

Softball

There is free parking for home varsity games in Lots M and O on South Campus. The complimentary parking is available from 1 hour prior to the start of the game to 1 hour after the end of the game. Also guests may pay the hourly rate for parking in Anderson Parking Facility with the entrance on Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. Guests need to swipe their credit in when they enter and exit. Do not take a ticket. Hourly rates apply. For non-varsity games guests can park in Anderson Parking Facility. There is disability parking for vehicles with state issued permits in Anderson Parking Facility and Lots M and O. (March – May)

Each year there are events that take over parking in several parking lots or several floors of parking in the Anderson Parking Facility. A review was done to determine these events and the impact they will have on parking.

Event: Admissions hosts Fall Tommie Days, Thursday October 17 and Friday October 18.

This is a major recruitment event and given the size of the event, Lots M and O will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both of these days for the guests. Due to the greatly reduced amount of parking for these days, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by using alternate forms of transportation including Metro Transit, bicycles, car share etc. Faculty may want to plan for off-campus learning activities these days or to limit mandatory attendance. Use of technology for classes and meetings should be considered. Any questions about this event, including use of Metro Transit, can be directed to parkingservices@stthomas.edu

Event: Admissions and Residence Life hosts “Presidents’ Day” Monday, February 17, 2020

This is a major recruitment event and given the size of the event, Lots M and O will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the guests. Due to the greatly reduced amount of parking for this day, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by using alternate forms of transportation including Metro Transit, bicycles, car share etc. Faculty may want to plan for off-campus learning activities these days or to limit mandatory attendance. Use of technology for classes and meetings should be considered. Any questions about this event, including use of Metro Transit, can be directed to parkingservices@stthomas.edu


Event: Admissions and Residence Life hosts “An Evening with Residence Life.” Thursday, March 5, 2020 beginning at 4:45 p.m. This is the largest event for incoming first year students and the one where a very high percentage commit to coming to St. Thomas.

Because Morrison Parking Garage Level R-2 is no longer used for resident parking, this facility, along with Lots A, B, and D, will be used for this event. This will also take pressure off of South Campus parking which has an unusual high number of parking displacements during the rest of the year.

Due to the greatly reduced amount of parking for this event, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by using alternate forms of transportation including Metro Transit, bicycles, car share etc. Faculty may want to plan for off-campus learning activities these days or to limit mandatory attendance. Use of technology for classes and meetings should be considered. Any questions about this event, including use of Metro Transit, can be directed to parkingservices@stthomas.edu


There may be other events that are developed through the year. Please check with the Special Events site at Parking and Transportation.

Throughout the year, there are so many events: large to small, speakers to galas to meetings, lasting a couple of hours to several days, athletic to academic to music, and for student to faculty to community members. The two themes that run through these are food and parkin--basic needs.

As members of the community think about events…please think about parking. During the past several months there have been meetings trying to determine the events and examine ways parking will complement the event. As the year continues it is hoped for this to continue. Please feel free to contact William R. Carter, III, Public Safety Manager, to discuss your event and options for parking.