TSSAA Basketball Tournaments Affect MTSU Parking and Traffic

MTSU hosts TSSAA basketball with significant parking and traffic changes.

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is once again the proud host of the TSSAA Division I High School Basketball Tournaments, bringing excitement and a flurry of activity to its historic Murphy Center from March 13-16 for the boys’ championship games. However, this prestigious event is prompting several adjustments in parking and traffic patterns across the MTSU campus, particularly as students and staff are set to return from spring break.

Parking and Transportation Services at MTSU is advising all motorists traveling to or around the campus to be prepared for changes affecting university roads and parking. With an anticipated increase in traffic volume, drivers are encouraged to allow additional time to reach their destinations. During the tournament, the most convenient campus entry points are expected to be the East Main Street and Rutherford Boulevard entrances. The arm gate near the Cope building will remain open, providing access to Midgett Lot and Old Main Circle.

Specific parking areas, including the Greenland Drive parking lot, will be reserved exclusively for TSSAA ticket holders, with a parking fee of $5 per day enforced. Students and faculty who typically use the Greenland Drive lot are urged to seek alternative parking solutions around the campus during this busy period. The Middle Tennessee/Woodfin Lot is also designated for TSSAA ticket holders, with parking fees applicable from March 6-9 and after noon on Friday, March 16.

Team buses have designated entry and parking instructions, entering the campus via Champion Way to Faulkinberry Drive, which will be closed to campus traffic from Middle Tennessee Boulevard to Normal Way. Normal Way will also be closed to facilitate team bus parking, restricting campus parking and road access in these areas.

To accommodate the expected increase in ridership, the Raider Xpress Shuttle Service will maintain its regular schedule, with the exception of the Green Route, which will not service the Greenland Drive Lot. An additional bus will be added to the Red Route from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 13-14 (Wednesday-Thursday). The traffic plan aims to maximize the use of perimeter lots and enhance Raider Xpress efficiency.

MTSU’s Parking and Transportation Services reserves the right to close any parking lots once full. Visitors attending other events on campus during the tournament period will have access to first-come, first-serve parking in any of MTSU’s free lots, based on availability. Parking passes are required on class days.

For more detailed information about traffic, parking, and road closures at MTSU, individuals are encouraged to contact the MTSU Parking and Transportation Services Office at 615-898-2850 or visit their website. Further details about the TSSAA state tournaments can be found at www.tssaa.org.

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