By Nick Woodruff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Many people enjoy the atmosphere of an Oklahoma State University game day in Stillwater, but some do not enjoy fighting the parking that comes with the event.
Approximately 60,000 people will come into Stillwater this Saturday when OSU’s football team plays Lamar in its home opener. The city of Stillwater wants to help the university’s football team and the people who attend the games with a shuttle service.
Amy Jo Fraizer is the business improvement district coordinator for the city. Previously, she worked for OSU Athletics for approximately 13 years. She said she knows parking is a headache for many fans on OSU’s game day.
The city of Stillwater, particularly downtown, and the university have teamed up for approximately four years to ease the burden of parking during home games, Frazier said. People are encouraged to park downtown and catch a bus to the game.
“It’s simple, it’s called our ‘park and ride’ service,” Frazier said. “Park downtown and we will give you a ride and get you to the game.”
The university’s buses start running three hours before the game and make their rounds every 15 minutes. The buses make stops at Seventh Street and Lewis Street, Eighth Street and Husband Street, Ninth Street and Husband Street and Ninth Street and Lewis Street.
The buses transport their customers to the game and drops off the riders on Hall of Fame Avenue in front of the stadium free, Frazier said.
After the game starts, the buses take a short break but begin shuttling people back to their cars starting at halftime. The buses will then run until two hours after the game to ensure people who want a ride back to their cars have the opportunity.
Frazier said not only do the people who ride the bus like the program, but it’s a favorite of downtown merchants, too.
“It’s very well received,” Frazier said. “I have nothing but positive comments from the people and merchants downtown.
“You just hop on the shuttle and head to the game. Also, it encourages people to spend some time downtown so it’s a win-win.”
More information about the game day shuttle service is available at downtown Stillwater’s website at downtownstw.com. Frazier added the downtown is active on Facebook and is constantly updating its page with new information.