Parking in the Roche Sports Complex lot costs $5 for more than just football events this year, according to Director of Athletics Don Brubacher. Nevertheless, parking will still be free when athletic events are not in session.
Now students and visitors will have to pay the $5 fee during most volleyball, basketball, and indoor track and field meets. While this is new for specific sports, the college has charged for parking at athletic events in the past.
“Parking fees for football games have been in place for as long as anyone can remember, it seems,” Brubacher said in an email.
Linda Gravel, House Director of Olds Residence, said she will still park in the Roche lot regardless of the fees. She is one of the staff members who regularly drives to college games to support the student athletes.
“It’s my understanding the monies benefit the sports teams,” she said in an email. “Usually staff doesn’t have to pay, but I do because of this.”
Staff, including students on security duty, are exempt from the parking fee. Hillsdale residents, students, and visitors should be prepared to pay at any college athletic events.