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STANFORD -- Starting this season, paved lots near Stanford Stadium will charge $5 for football-game parking, university officials announced.
That fee has been charged for parking on playing fields and under the trees around the stadium for several years. This year, the pay-parking area will be expanded to include the paved lots at the Serra Complex, Maples Pavilion and Encina Gym, according to Julia Fremon, manager of the Transportation Programs office.
Sgt. Nick Brunot of the Stanford Police Department said that starting with the Washington game Sept. 7, police will block off Campus Drive East between Serra and Galvez streets, routing through traffic around the area.
People driving into the parking zone will be charged $5 per vehicle, unless they have valid Stanford University "A" or "C" parking permits or football parking permits issued by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
Money raised by the new charges will go into the university's Transportation Fund, which supports parking and transportation programs on campus, including the Marguerite shuttle service.
Fremon said a new source for revenue was necessary to avoid cutting services while keeping permit fees at 1990-91 levels. Also, she said, the new routing is designed to improve the flow of traffic onto and through the campus on game days.
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