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Parking for NCSU Basketball Draws Mixed Reviews

Posted November 18, 1999

— TheWolfpackhit the hardwood, and christened its new home Friday, the Entertainment and Sports Arena, and arena workers got the chance to test out the latest parking plan.

For basketball fans making their ways to their parking lots, the word on the new parking plan resembled a unscientific opinion poll.

Everyone had something different to say.

"It's horrendous," one fan said as he entered the arena. "I wish we had stayed at Reynolds."

Another fan said "the parking was great, and glad to get there."

The arena had been plagued by traffic problems since its official opening in October. However, many hockey fans, that attended the N.C. State's basketball game, gave the parking plan two thumbs up.

Early birds, like Andrew Cook and his friends, spent their time heating up the grill instead of getting hot under the collar in traffic.

"It is a good celebration, and we need to come out, and make the most of it," Cook said. "I have been coming out for three nights in the last week to see if they have the numbers painted."

Season tickets holders have numerical directions to their parking space number. All other faculty, staff, students spilled over into other designated lots, creating slow-moving traffic lanes.

The situation left one die-hard Wolfpack fan, Jim Ward, longing for the old days.

"I would rather go back to old Reynolds, but you can't turn the clock back, right," Ward said "That is the way it is."

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