By Brittany Kay Galan
Baseball season has recently gone into full swing (pun intended) and whether it be major league baseball or minor league baseball, the season has started and fans cannot be more excited. On the other hand, Clearwater campus’ SPC faculty and students could not be more annoyed.
Because the Clearwater campus is located on Drew St., right across from the Bright House Field Stadium where the Phillies play, eager patrons attending the Phillies’ baseball game have tried avoiding the parking fee and the lack of spaces by parking in the SPC parking lot. This means heavier traffic in the SPC parking lot, making students late for class and causing a panic to those students and staff that are in a hurry to find parking. For the teachers, it has become an annoyance to actually get into the parking lot rather than finding a parking space. All of the SPC staff have designated “staff parking”, unlike the students. Sophomore, Brittan Eiler claimed, “With the extra traffic, it has made me late to class. Not to mention the people that hang out near their cars before walking over to the stadium. They are crowding the parking lot for no good reason.”
Law enforcement directs baseball traffic an hour before and after each game until the parking lot has been emptied. Along with the law enforcement directing traffic, signs have been placed at the entrances of the parking to deter non-SPC students and faculty away from the parking lot. Since then, law enforcement officers have had no problem with baseball fans parking in the SPC lot, due to the signs and extra directional assistance that has been put into place. For future baseball patrons, it is imperative to park in the designated parking and not at the St. Petersburg College parking lot.