Thirty-five parking spaces are temporarily closed due to the renovation of the Bennett Gymnasium.
The parking spaces are in three lots on campus including some parking spaces on Campus Road, several angled spots in the WFF lot and a portion of the parking lot adjacent to McKinzie Hall and the education building.
The closure will affect faculty and staff, all-permit and student parking.
“Anytime there’s a project there will be some degree of inconvenience and some closures. We want the campus to know that anytime we deal with construction on parking lot structures we appreciate the compliance of all,” said police chief Jimmy Ellison.
Ellison said he wants students to understand the complications of the construction, and that the campus must work together.
“We have, on any given day, many open spaces,” Ellison said.
Chelsea Willette, sophomore history major from San Antonio said the closure is a good move.
“If they’re doing construction, the debris could damage someone’s car,” Willette said. “Closing the parking lots leaves room for the workers to do their jobs.”
Stephen Estrada, junior management major from San Antonio, said he has seen the closure cause slight frustration.
“Parking has always been an issue for some people,” Estrada said. “Shutting down the parking lots has really upset some people.”
Estrada mentioned parking has not been an issue for him yet.
“I have all 8 a.m. classes so I normally have my choice in other spaces,” he said. “It can cause an inconvenience for those who have later classes.”
He said people who are frustrated by the closure need to remember it is for a good cause.
The closure of the three parking lots is temporary.