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Directions, Parking and Seating

Strahan Coliseum Physical Address

700 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, Texas
78666


Driving Routes and Parking Areas - Summer 2014

In addition to normal event traffic, several construction sites may affect typical routes to campus. Please consider the following driving routes and parking areas below when traveling to commencement this spring. For easy reference, please see the directions below and commencement parking map for locations of parking areas. Information on limited mobility parking and seating is noted at the end of this webpage. 

Commencement Parking Map


Lot A - Park and Ride (Primary)

From Austin/Dallas/Waco and the I-35 Corridor North

Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right on Aquarena Springs Drive and turn in to Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Laredo and I-35 Corridor South

Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Turn in to Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From Houston/Galveston/Beaumont and I-10 Corridor East

Drive west on I-10, exit onto HWY 123 North. Stay on HWY 123 to San Marcos (approximately 22 miles). At I-35 turn right and go north on I-35 to Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Turn in to Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From El Paso/San Angelo/Midland and I-10 Corridor West

Travel East to I-35 and follow the directions from either I-35 North or South.


Lot B – Park and Ride

From Austin/Dallas/Waco and the I-35 Corridor North

Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #205. Turn right on Hopkins Street/RR12 and continue 3/10 of a mile to Thorpe Lane. Turn right onto Thorpe Lane and take a left at the first traffic signal onto Robbie Lane. Parking is available at the end of the street.

From San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Laredo and I-35 Corridor South

Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #205. Turn left on Hopkins Street/RR12 and continue 3/10 of a mile to Thorpe Lane. Turn right onto Thorpe Lane and take a left at the first traffic signal onto Robbie Lane. Parking is available at the end of the street.

From Houston/Galveston/Beaumont and I-10 Corridor East

Drive west on I-10, exit onto HWY 123 North. Stay on HWY 123 to San Marcos (approximately 22 miles). At I-35 turn right and go north on I-35 to Exit #205. Turn left on Hopkins Street/RR12 and continue 3/10 of a mile to Thorpe Lane. Turn right onto Thorpe Lane and take a left at the first traffic signal onto Robbie Lane. Parking is available at the end of the street.

From El Paso/San Angelo/Midland and I-10 Corridor West

Travel East to I-35 and follow the directions from either I-35 North or South.


Lot C - Park and Walk

From Austin/Dallas/Waco and the I-35 Corridor North

Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right on Aquarena Springs Drive and travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Laredo and I-35 Corridor South

Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From Houston/Galveston/Beaumont and I-10 Corridor East

Drive west on I-10, exit onto HWY 123 North. Stay on HWY 123 to San Marcos (approximately 22 miles). At I-35 turn right and go north on I-35 to Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From El Paso/San Angelo/Midland and I-10 Corridor West

Travel East to I-35 and follow the directions from either I-35 North or South.


Lot D – Accessible Parking Lot

From Austin/Dallas/Waco and the I-35 Corridor North

Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right on Aquarena Springs Drive and travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Laredo and I-35 Corridor South

Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From Houston/Galveston/Beaumont and I-10 Corridor East

Drive west on I-10, exit onto HWY 123 North. Stay on HWY 123 to San Marcos (approximately 22 miles). At I-35 turn right and go north on I-35 to Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 going under I-35 towards the university. Travel past Bobcat Stadium. Parking lot is on the immediate left side.

From El Paso/San Angelo/Midland and I-10 Corridor West

Travel East to I-35 and follow the directions from either I-35 North or South.


Edward Gary Parking Garage - Pay, Park and Walk

From Austin/Dallas/Waco and the I-35 Corridor North

Follow I-35 South to San Marcos and take Exit #205. Turn right on Hopkins Street. Travel approximately 1.1 mile and turn right on Edward Gary Street toward the garage. Parking in this garage in available for a fee, which can be paid by credit or debit card only.

From San Antonio/Corpus Christi/Laredo and I-35 Corridor South

Follow I-35 North to San Marcos, take Exit #205. Turn left on Hopkins Street and travel under IH 35 towards campus. Continue on Hopkins for approximately 1.1 mile and turn right on Edward Gary Street toward the garage. Parking in this garage in available for a fee, which can be paid by credit or debit card only.

Lot E - Park and Walk
 (Temporarily unavailable due to road closure at LBJ Street and Sessom Street.

From Hill Country/Wimberley Area

Follow RR12 toward San Marcos and turn left at Old Ranch Road 12. Travel approximately two miles, then turn left on West Holland Street, right on Academy Street, left on West Sessom Street, and left on Peques Street. There is no fee to park in this area.


General Parking and Seating Information

For security purposes, all commencement attendees are asked to limit the handbags, camera bags and tote bags they bring with them to only those that are absolutely necessary. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search, and this may delay attendees from entering the coliseum.


Resources:

Commencement Parking Map

Strahan Coliseum Interior Map


Parking

Strahan Coliseum is located at the corner of Aquarena Springs and Charles Austin drives. Parking is available at the Strahan Coliseum lot east of Charles Austin Drive, the Bobcat Stadium parking lots and other parking areas as noted on the map above. 

For the safety and convenience of our guests, the University Police Department (UPD) coordinates and supervises parking and traffic flow. Guests may encounter lane closures and/or re-directed traffic as the UPD deems necessary.

Tune to KTSW-FM 89.9 on the day of commencement for up-to-date information on parking, traffic, and other general commencement information.

Since parking lots off campus may be private, guests are asked to observe all signs to avoid having their vehicles towed.
 

Shuttle Buses

The Shuttle is the fastest way to travel to the Coliseum. Shuttles will be available to transport guests from lots A and B. Shuttles will drop off at the Texas State marquee sign in front of Strahan Coliseum. Shuttles will only pick up and drop off at designated stops.

When planning your arrival, please allow time for the shuttle to make its route. Depending on traffic, this could be as long as fifteen minutes. Buses will be available beginning one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and the last bus leaves one and a half hours after the end of the ceremony.

All shuttle buses are 100% ADA accessible.
 

Seating

Tickets are not required for commencement, so guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited, therefore it is recommended that guests arrive early.

Out of consideration for others, please reserve only one seat per person already present. Representatives from the UPD will be on hand to enforce this seating policy.

Please refer to the map of Strahan Coliseum for a general idea of the candidate seating location of a particular academic college during each ceremony. Texas State University reserves the right to alter the candidate seating arrangement as needed prior to the start of the ceremony.

 

Stroller Check-In

Please be aware that seating areas cannot accommodate large strollers.  If a stroller is required, it is recommended that you use a lightweight model that can be folded up and stored at your seat.

A Stroller Check-In is available for all large or full-size models. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other equipment of this nature can also be checked in.  The location of this check-in can be found on this map.


Parking and Seating Information for Individuals with Limited Mobility

 

Parking

The guarded lot off of Charles Austin Drive, shown as Lot D on the commencement parking map, is available for accessible parking: 

Commencement Parking Map

There is also accessible parking in the Bobcat Stadium lots to the east (across Charles Austin Drive). Please click here for a more detailed map of this area.

Signs are posted at these lots to indicate available accessible parking. For the safety and convenience of our guests, the University Police Department (UPD) coordinates and supervises parking and traffic flow. Guests may encounter lane closures and/or redirected traffic as the UPD deems such traffic controls are necessary.

Tune to KTSW-FM 89.9 on the day of commencement for up-to-date information on parking, traffic, and other general commencement information.

 

Shuttle Buses and Golf Cart Transport

Shuttles will be available to transport guests from lots A and B. Shuttles will drop off at the Texas State marquee sign in front of Strahan Coliseum.

Golf cart shuttles are available from Lot D.

When planning your arrival, please allow time for the shuttle to make its route. Depending on traffic, this could be as long as fifteen minutes.

All shuttle buses are 100% ADA accessible.
 

Seating

Strahan Coliseum has disabled seating areas in sections C, F, H and K. The map of Strahan Coliseum shows these sections. Seats for the family and friends of students sitting in those areas are available adjacent to those sections.

One person may accompany the disabled guest in the disabled seating area. Seating for additional family and friends of guests sitting in those areas are available adjacent to those sections.

Attendees are advised to arrive one hour prior to the start of the ceremony because of the large number of people attending commencement. Please contact Texas State's Office of Disability Services for more information.