OSU Football Fans Face Different Parking Plan
Ohio State University transportation officials predict delays and confusion this weekend for the football team's opening game. More than 900 parking spots are unavailable this year for the buckeye's season opener against Washington. Beth Kelley, associate director for OSU's transportation and parking department, says parking will be available in several lots farther away from campus so fans will have to walk farther this year. Kelley says several changes made this year are designed to create new spaces; R.V.'s and campers can park at the Schottenstein Center and at 650 Ackerman Road. Kelley advises drivers to arrive at least 90 minutes before the 8 o'clock kickoff. Disabled fans will still park at St. John Arena - shuttle service will be provided to the stadium. In addition to new parking restrictions, Columbus police say they plan to enforce the city's open container law. In a press release Columbus police say increased rowdy fan behavior in the Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park areas prompted the crackdown. Police say people with open containers could face misdemeanor charges. Ohio State police will also be patrolling university parking lots in larger numbers looking for excessively rowdy fans.