By Alyssa Schnugg
Once the downtown parking garage is open, football game fans can park for the day and pay $20 or less. Prices will depend on who the Ole Miss Rebels are playing that day at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
On Tuesday, the Oxford Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation from the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission regarding special-event pricing for the garage, which is slated to open next week.
Parking Director Matt Davis said commissioners decided during their last regular meeting on Sept. 6 to charge $10 per vehicle for all non-SEC home games and $20 per vehicle for all SEC home games.
Attendants will be placed at each entrance of the garage who will collect money from people wishing to park and help answer questions about parking and the garage.
The price to park around the Square will remain the same — $1.25 per hour at meters and $.75 an hour in the outer lots. Metered spaces will continue to have a three-hour maximum to prevent people from parking in premium customer parking spaces all day while attending the game and the Grove.
The cost of an overtime parking ticket on any home football Saturday is $50.
Davis first told the Board that vehicles left in the garage overnight on the Fridays prior to a home game would be towed; however, Alderman John Morgan asked why those vehicles couldn’t just be given the same $50 ticket like other gameday parking offenders.
“We can do that,” Davis said nodding.
The new special-event prices will begin on the Oct. 5 home game against Vanderbilt unless the garage is not opened yet. The next home game will be Oct. 19 when the Rebels take on the Texas A&M Aggies.