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Directions, Parking and Seating

Strahan Arena at the University Events Center (UEC)

Physical Address

106 Charles Austin Dr.
San Marcos, Texas
78666

Driving Routes and Parking Areas - Spring 2019

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. For easy reference, please see the directions below and the commencement parking map for locations of parking areas. Information on limited mobility parking and seating is noted at the end of this webpage.

Please visit the City of San Marcos website for more information regarding construction and potential road closures: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/index.aspx?page=351.

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  • 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, turn left onto Thorpe Lane, and take a right 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 proceed north 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 toward I-35 and follow directions for either I-35 Corridor North or South.

  • 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, turn left onto Thorpe Lane, and take a right 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 proceed north 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 toward I-35 and follow directions for either I-35 Corridor North or South.

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

    Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right onto Aquarena Springs Drive, turn right onto Eastwood Street and continue straight to Lot E.

    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 continue straight at the Aquarena Spring Drive intersection onto Eastwood Street. Parking is available straight ahead.

    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 proceed north 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 continue straight at the Aquarena Spring Drive intersection onto Eastwood Street. Parking is available straight ahead.

    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.

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

    Follow I-35 South to San Marcos and take Exit #206 onto Aquarena Springs Drive. Continue onto the overpass, and then continue on University Drive for approximately 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Edward Gary Street. The fee for parking in this garage is waived on 5/16/19-5/18/19. 

    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.The fee for parking in this garage is waived on 5/16/19-5/18/19.

  • Peques Street Lot (Lot F)

    From Hill Country/Wimberley Area

    Follow RR12 toward San Marcos and turn left at Old Ranch Road 12. Travel approximately 1.25 miles, then turn left on Craddock Avenue. Continue for approximately one mile, then turn right onto North LBJ Drive. After one mile, turn left onto East Sessom Drive, then turn left onto Peques Street and left into the parking lot. There is no fee to park in this area.

    From I-35 Southbound

    Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right on Aquarena Springs Drive. Continue straight onto the overpass. Turn right on East Sessom Drive. Continue straight for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Peques Street and left into the parking lot. There is no fee to park in this area.

    From I-35 Northbound

    Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Dr. Continue straight onto the overpass. Turn right on East Sessom Drive. Continue straight for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Peques Street and left into the parking lot. There is no fee to park in this area.

    Pleasant Street Garage (Garage G)

    From Hill Country/Wimberley Area

    Follow RR12 toward San Marcos and turn left at Old Ranch Road 12. Travel approximately 1.25 miles, then turn left on Craddock Avenue. Continue for approximately one mile, then turn right onto North LBJ Drive. Continue straight at the intersection of North LBJ Drive and Sessom Drive. Stay in the left lane and turn left onto Pleasant Street and right into the Pleasant Street Garage. There is no fee to park in this area.

    From I-35 Southbound

    Follow I-35 South to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn right on Aquarena Springs Drive. Continue straight onto the overpass. Turn right on East Sessom Drive. Continue straight and turn left on North LBJ Drive towards the main campus. Stay in the left lane and turn left onto Pleasant street and right into the Pleasant Street Garage. There is no fee to park in this area.

    From I-35 Northbound

    Follow I-35 North to San Marcos. Take Exit #206. Turn left on Aquarena Springs Dr. Continue straight onto the overpass. Turn right on East Sessom Drive. Continue straight and turn left on North LBJ Drive towards the main campus. Stay in the left lane and turn left onto Pleasant street and right into the Pleasant Street Garage. There is no fee to park in this area.


  • 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 University Events Center. Please see the full list of prohibited and allowable items here.

     

    Parking

    The University Events Center is located at the corner of Aquarena Springs and Charles Austin drives. Parking is available at the University Events Center 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 KZOS-FM 103.1 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 University Events Center. Shuttles will be available to transport guests from lots A, B, and E. Shuttles will drop off at the Texas State marquee sign in front of the University Events Center. 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. Candidates are asked to limit their guests in attendance to no more than seven (7).

    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 the University Events Center 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

    The guarded lot off of Charles Austin Drive, shown as Lot C on the commencement parking map, is available for accessible parking. This lot can be accessed from Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 or Charles Austin Drive via Hopkins Street.

    Commencement Parking Map

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

    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 KZOS-FM 103.1 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, B, and E. Shuttles will drop off at the Texas State marquee sign in front of the University Events Center.

    Golf cart shuttles are available from Lot C.

    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

    The University Events Center has disabled seating areas as shown on the map of the University Events Center. 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 due to the large number of people attending commencement. Please contact Texas State's Office of Disability Services for more information.