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District to begin selling parking spaces at new stadium

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 6, the Solon Community School District will be selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. The new stadium will include a parking lot directly behind the home side bleachers that will have 41 parking spaces. The Solon Board of Education has approved a plan to reserve 12 of these spaces for handicapped parking (double the six handicapped spaces required) and these will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, four will be reserved for game administration, with the other 25 made available to the community for purchase.
The cost of a reserved parking space is $100 and will provide the permit holder with a reserved space in this lot for every Friday night home game as well as any post-season games held at the stadium during the 2012 season. Please note that other mid-week football games or contests will not be included as part of the permit parking program. Permits and parking in this lot will be monitored by a parking attendant at the entrance of the lot and no other cars will be permitted to enter. The only exception will be excess handicapped permit patrons (beyond the 12 the lot will hold) that need to be dropped off. Other patrons wishing to be dropped off will need to do so at the designated drop off area in front of the high school at the sidewalk adjacent to the east side of the building.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the 25 permit parking spaces for the upcoming season, the district will begin accepting money at 8 a.m. on Aug. 6 in the Solon High School office at 600 W. 5th St., and will conclude on Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. when the office closes. Orders, payments, and/or reservations will not be accepted prior to Aug. 6 and all payments must be made in person. In the event that the district receives more than 25 requests for purchase between Aug. 6 and Aug. 10, the names of all the people requesting purchase will be entered into a lottery with the 25 winners receiving a permit and the non-winners receiving a refund. Checks will not be cashed until the conclusion of the lottery. In the unlikely event that the parking lot is not finished prior to the first game, a pro-rated refund will be provided. If less than 25 spots are sold, the remaining permits will be allocated to game day operations personnel at the discretion of the activities director.
Please note that free parking will be available in front of the high school, in either Lakeview Elementary lots, or in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Again, drop off for fans attending the game will be in front of the high school at the sidewalk adjacent to the east wing of the school. Drop off will not be permitted in the premiere lot behind the home side bleachers or on Racine Street.
All proceeds from the Spartan stadium football permit parking fundraising program will be put directly back into the stadium in the form of landscaping and other improvements.
Please feel free to contact Activities Director Keith McSweeney at kmcsweeney@solon.k12.ia.us if you have any questions regarding the program.