A guide to parking permits opening soon and parking for football


Cars sit parked between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum on Aug. 30. Traffic in Ames is expected to be especially bad for Thursday’s game, as most fans will try to arrive at the stadium during the normal rush hour.

Mitchell Lafrance

Many students have different forms of transportation to and from class, but if you drive, you may be wondering where it is you can park your car.

Between commuter lots, residence hall parking lots and the Jack Trice Stadium parking lot, students have many options when it comes to parking. Parking meters are also a hot spot, and they allow students to park if they only need to do so for an hour or two.

The permits for Commuter Lots 119 and 68 will go on sale Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 7:30 a.m., according to the Parking Division’s website. The Ames Intermodal facility parking lot has been sold out, according to Iowa State’s Parking Division director, Mark Miller.

Students living in residence halls may purchase parking permits for their respective hall parking lots and, once those are filled, students may park in overflow parking at Jack Trice Stadium and the Towers.

All permit purchases are on a first come, first serve basis, said Miller. 

Students who live off campus may purchase permits for stadium and Towers parking on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. These permits are also on a first come, first serve basis.

According to Miller, the city of Ames will be cracking down on cars that are parked on city streets for longer than what the signage allows on that street. This could push permit holders back to overflow parking on campus at the stadium and Towers, which could create future problems, says Miller.

Miller suggests students park at the Iowa State Center Commuter Lots.

“Parking there is free, and we fund some of the CyRide Orange Route to encourage students to park there and take the bus onto campus,” Miller said.

For football games, students that normally park in the lots around Jack Trice Stadium and in the lots near the Iowa State Center must move their cars by midnight the day before games.

This means that for Friday’s game against UNI, cars must be moved by midnight on Sept. 2. Cars can be moved back Sunday after the game, Sept. 3.

Students can move their cars to lots on campus that open after 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The lots near the Vet Med building will be available as well.

More information on parking permits, locations of parking lots and even how to pay that parking ticket you just got can be found on the Iowa State Parking Division website.