OXFORD, Miss. - Due to public safety concerns,
fans attending Ole Miss football games are no longer allowed
to park on Highway 6 near the University of Mississippi campus.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation
has banned parking along the highway's right-of-ways. The initiative
was adopted after a university student was struck and killed
by a car while attempting to cross the highway on Sept. 4 following
the Ole Miss-Memphis game. More than 1,000 vehicles routinely
park on the highway each game day.
"Safety is our main priority," said MDOT
district engineer Jimmy Dickerson. "We want fans to have a good
time, but we have to ensure their safety."
The no parking enforcement begins Sept.
18 when Ole Miss hosts Vanderbilt, said University Police Chief
"There will be zero tolerance for violators
of this new enforcement," Corban said. "All vehicles parked
on Highway 6 will be towed."
University officials are aware that the
new enforcement may cause fans an inconvenience, but alternative
parking with shuttle service is available on campus at the following
- Southside lot: Exit Highway 6 on Old Taylor Road. A $10
fee is required for each vehicle.
- Kinard Hall and Kincannon Hall: Access from Rebel Drive
by the water tower.
- Intramural fields: Turn off West Jackson Avenue across from
the Park Place Inn & Suites.
- Ford Center for the Performing Arts: Access from West Jackson
Avenue or from University Avenue.
- Oxford Mall: Access from West Jackson Avenue.
- Guyton Hall West: Access from Fraternity Row across from
Carrier House (the Chancellor's residence).
University officials remind fans that while
shuttles are available, the service is designed to assist the
elderly and the disabled. Fans capable of walking are urged
to do so.
"We will help in every way we can," said
UM Physical Plant associate director Buddy Kahler. "There are
more than 60,000 fans on campus during game days, so be patient."
Once on campus, those requiring shuttle
service should call the Physical Plant at 915-7087, then remain
at their location until the shuttle arrives.
In cooperation with the university to provide
additional parking, the City of Oxford is opening five lots
to the public on game day with shuttle service provided:
- Central Elementary School, Washington Avenue.
- Oxford Middle School, Washington Avenue.
- Oxford Activity Center, Price Street.
- Oxford Electric Department, McElroy Drive.
- Oxford Park Commission Fields, McElroy Drive.
"These five parking lots provide nearly
1,200 additional spaces," said Mayor Richard Howorth. "Signs
will be posted to help direct traffic to these locations."
In addition to shuttle service from these
locations, Howorth said the Double Decker bus operates from
the Square. Drop point for both the city shuttle service and
Double Decker bus is at the intersection of Sorority Row and
West Jackson Avenue.
"Fans can also look for parking at various
non-profit organizations," Howorth said. "Several churches within
walking distance to campus offer parking for a nominal fee."
For additional information regarding the
City of Oxford parking and shuttle service, call Randy Barber
To view an interactive road map of the
University of Mississippi, visit