Parking tips for the Black Bears opening weekend

blackbears logoMORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Opening weekend for the West Virginia Black Bears begins June 19.

The Monongalia County Ball Park had already been used by the West Virginia University baseball team, but WV Black Bear Assistant General Manager Ernie Galusky said the stadium has undergone some changes since the college season.

“I think the biggest change you’re going to see is the parking lots are finished. I know a lot of people are going to be excited about that. We have two big parking lots now,” explained Galusky.

The new lots will be a big relief to those who encountered parking difficulties at the stadium earlier this year. Galusky told WAJR that many season ticket owners have passes for the lots, and there is a system to help all fans park smoothly.

Galusky asks that all parking pass holders be in the right lane when driving down into the stadium. Fans without parking passes should proceed in the left lane toward the ball field. The right lane will be directed into a paved lot, called Parking Lot 2. Once that lot is full, the remaining permit holders will be directed to a gravel lot, which is Parking Lot 1. Those without passes can pay to park in the remaining Parking Lot 1 spaces for $3.00.

If fans do not wish to pay for parking, they can park in white designated spaces at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the WVU Healthcare University Town Centre outpatient clinic.

There is another change that should make things smoother for fans and all those driving in the University Town Centre area. There is a new I-79 interchange being built. Granville Police Lt. Leroy Forbes said people will notice the difference.

“Once you get the roadway completed out to the interstate, the entrance and being able to leave are going to make it a lot easier. You’re not going to have congestion trying to leave the ballpark,” predicted Forbes.

Galusky said there are very few tickets left for the games this weekend and suggests that fans come early.

“We’re going to open up the parking lots at 3:00 tomorrow. We’re going to start the traffic flow around 3:00 tomorrow for anybody that wants to come early. The gates will open at 5:00 and the band starts at 5:15.” Galusky said on Thursday.

Both Galusky and Lt. Forbes said they look forward to a successful weekend with fun, fireworks and, of course, baseball.