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Three semi-autonomous colleges on the University of Manitoba campus have rented their parking lots to football fans -- and have told staff to vacate their spots before fans arrive at 5:30 p.m.

St. Andrew's College has sold 65 parking passes to Bombers fans who contacted the college, Dean Roman Bozyk said Tuesday.

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St. John's College is renting out 22 spots and St. Paul's College has made similar deals on 20.

The university has protected 1,600 parking spots in five lots for students and employees who have campus parking permits, and those drivers will have exclusive use of the King's Drive entrance to campus to avoid football traffic.

Bozyk would not say how much his college is charging, but said the game-day passes will be a different colour than the parking passes that ticket holders buy from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to park on campus.

St. Andrew's will hold back some of its spots. No one living in the colleges' residences will be required to move his or her vehicle.

'I would suggest that unless it is absolutely necessary, you do not come to campus'

-- St. John's College warden Christopher Trott to the college's parking permit holders

"People who live here will be able to stay in their spots," Bozyk said, but everyone else must be gone at least 90 minutes before kickoff.

"I'm sure there will be chaos the first week," Bozyk said with a laugh. "It's like you never know who will move into the house next door and make noise. It will be an adjustment."

While there are 6 p.m. summer classes elsewhere on campus, there are no evening classes at St. Andrew's.

St. John's College warden Christopher Trott sent out an email Tuesday clarifying an earlier notice by advising St. John's staff and students they could move their cars to protected lots by 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Trott told St. John's parking-permit holders, "Beginning at 5:30 fans will have access to campus for parking. The college has rented its parking spaces in the front loop to the Bombers organization (except the two guest spots) so parking will not be available to regular pass holders.

"I would suggest that unless it is absolutely necessary, you do not come to campus. If you must come, you can only access campus through the King's Drive entrance. The Chancellor Matheson entrance and the University Crescent entrance will be controlled access for Bombers fans with parking passes," wrote Trott.

U of M marketing and communications director John Danakas said Tuesday the U of M has maintained 1,600 parking spaces on campus for staff and students with parking permits -- they can use the five designated protected lots on event nights regardless where their permit normally allows them to park.

However, if their permit normally has them parking in a lot designated for football-parking pass holders, staff and students will need to move their cars by 5:30 p.m.

Those that don't move will be ticketed, Danakas said.

Staff and students can enter the campus through any road, he said, but the university is encouraging them to use King's Drive, while football fans will be funnelled to University Crescent and Bison Drive.

"It'll be more convenient for them, and easier access," he said.

Danakas said access through King's Drive will be restricted to U of M permit holders -- football-parking permit holders will be turned back. "I understand it will be Winnipeg police" at the King's Drive access, he said.

U of M Faculty Association president Prof. Sharon Alward is a senior fellow at St. John's and has a personal parking space, but she's been told to be gone by 5:30 p.m.

U of M Students Union president Al Turnbull has taken a wait-and-see attitude. "The IGF (Investors Group Field) parking plan was very well thought-out," said Turnbull, who was unsure how many students would have classes or otherwise need to be on campus this evening.

"The whole south end is going to be a bit more clogged," he said.

 

University of Manitoba game-day parking and traffic regulations can be found at http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec2&too100&eve8&dat6/10/2013&npa31000

 

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2013 A4

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Updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:32 AM CDT: adds link

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