A-State Parking Problems Drying Out

September 13, 2007 - Posted at 6:52 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-With the turning of dirt, it looks as if Soggy State University, just might be ready to handle this weekends parking issues.

"The dirt has actually started to dry.  As long as we don't get any more rain between now and Saturday, we are going to be just a little over 90 percent available for student parking in the area where we had problems last Saturday," said Randy Knowles, ASU Assistant Athletic Director.

ASU facilities managers say a lot of the damage was created by people simply having fun.

"A lot of the damage done before was not necessarily the parking, but was the people out here mudding and stuff like that, which tore it up more than the people trying to get out of the parking lot," said Knowles.

But with drying dirt comes good news, as long as Ryan Vaughn doesn't have this to say again...

"When the weather man leaves, you know it's going to rain."

"We can't control the weather, as far as if it comes a rain, unfortunately.  On Saturday, we will be prepared, just like we were last week.  We will have a tow truck to tow people out after the game," said Knowles.

However, the NEA District Fair Rodeo adds to this weekend's parking fun.   And for everyone, it's first come, first serve.

"It's the same thing we've done every year that the rodeo has played.  We are not doing anything differently.  Nothing is being blocked off over at the Convocation Center.  We have the same amount of parking for the football game as we've had in the past," said Knowles.

With the reopening of the muddy lot just north of the soccer fields, remember, where you park makes a difference.

"Anytime you have an event anywhere that you are parking on grass, people need to realize that you are parking there at a risk that you might get stuck"

Several thousand people are expected on ASU's campus this weekend for the Rodeo and Football Game.

We're told the best thing you can do, is just get there early.

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