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Mallory Doeckel
Communications Coordinator

Parking on East Side of Campus to be Impacted by Frontier Fiesta

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Houston, March 7, 2018 — Throughout the weeks of Saturday, March 10, through Sunday, March 25, parking lots 20A, 20C, 21B and the East Garage near the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will be impacted by this year's Frontier Fiesta.

Typically held the weekend after spring break, the completely student-run event will take place Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24.

To get the space fiesta-ready, students will be working in the area for nearly two weeks. To allow for a safe and seamless setup, the Frontier Fiesta Board of Directors requested to have parking in the area taken offline not just during the event itself, but throughout the build-out and breakdown process. The specific timeline of parking impacts, which was approved by the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee, is outlined on this map.

The first two phases call for the total closure of lots 20A and 20C. To ensure their vehicles are not relocated, individuals parked in the affected surface lots should plan to have them moved by 11:59 p.m. the night before each phase begins, otherwise they will be relocated to another lot on campus.

The third phase will close a portion of faculty and staff lot 21B. In order to avoid having their vehicles relocated, those parked in the barricaded area of 21B should have their vehicle moved to the open portion of the lot by 11:59 p.m. on March 20.

The final and shortest phase of the process will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, when event visitors will be allowed to utilize the student sections of the East Parking Garage. During this time, students, faculty and staff with a permit for the garage will still be able to access it as usual; however, they should expect heavier than normal traffic in the area through Saturday, March 24. The road next to the East Garage will be closed two hours before the event begins each day March 22 through March 24.

All parking areas closed for this event will be reopened by Monday, March 26.

In recent years, the festival was held in and around TDECU Stadium, but starting last year the event's board of directors requested to relocate the festivities as a result of the construction projects currently underway on that side of campus, including UH Football's indoor practice facility and the Fertitta Center.

"We worked with the Frontier Fiesta team to develop a plan that would meet their needs, while also minimizing the impacts felt by the overall campus community," said Bob Browand, director of Parking and Transportation Services. "We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work to accommodate this time-honored UH tradition."

To avoid delays and minimize congestion on campus this time, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to carpool, utilize alternative transportation or park in alternate campus locations like ERP to avoid delays.

More information on Frontier Fiesta can be found at

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