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NCSU Takes Shot At Solving Arena Parking Woes

Posted November 17, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— North Carolina State basketballis preparing for opening night in its new arena, and parking for Wolfpack basketball games is going to be very specific.

Season tickets holders, faculty, students, and the general public each have their own gates, and own parking areas.

The school hopes to prevent the traffic problems that plagued theCarolina Hurricanesby assigning all the spaces at the arena to season ticket holders.

Jim Edwards, a Wolfpack season ticket holder, worries about navigating through 3,600 spots to find his parking space.

"I suspect there will be a little bit of confusion on the first night," Edwards said.

Season ticket holders will make up two-thirds of the almost 20,000 spectators at N.C. State games.

Organizers with N.C. State, the arena, and theRaleigh Police Departmentbelieve they have a plan that will get everyone in and out smoothly.

If you are headed to the game tomorrow night, pay attention because it could save you a headache.

Season ticket holders with arena lot numbers in the teens, 20's and 30's should enter through gate F off Blue Ridge Road.

Season ticket holders with lot numbers in the 40's, 50's, and 60's should use Edwards Mill Road to get to the arena.

Students, faculty and staff should use gate B off Trinity Road to get to the Carter Finley Stadium lots.

The general public will also use those lots, and should use gates A and B off Trinity Road to get there.

Les Robinson, N.C. State's athletic director, admits the plan is a little complicated, but he believes the plan will smooth out after the first few games.

"I think our football games, when we can take 50,000 people in and out of there on a pretty regular basis in a timely fashion with the exception of the state fair days, I know we will be able to do it with the new arena," Robinson said.

A sell-out crowd of 19,700 fans is expected for the first game, so bring your ticket and your patience.

Fans also may want to leave a little early for the 7 p.m. game.