I recently attended an ISU basketball game and was confounded by the parking situation. Every lot in the near vicinity of Redbird Arena is reserved for Weisbecker Scholarship donors. My observation was that at 10 minutes to game time, these lots were less than half full. The lots designated for the general public are the farthest from the arena, require a lengthy walk and are not worth their $10 price.
I understand that close parking is a nice perk and reward to encourage donations, but I wonder if ISU has counted the number of donors who attend games and the number of spaces being reserved for them? Here’s an idea: keep the reserved spots up to 15 minutes before game time, and then open up unused spaces to the public. Ten dollars for one of the closer lots is much more reasonable. This new procedure would still reward donors, but also would not discourage casual fans and the general public from attending, as the current practice seems to do.
Andrew Bordewick, Bloomington