Arizona State University, ASU Gammage to no longer offer free parking to theatergoers

Posted at 5:08 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 08:09:33-04

ASU Gammage will no longer offer free parking to see its shows.

In an email sent to subscribers on Tuesday, the Tempe Broadway theater said, "as the City of Tempe and Arizona State University continue to grow and develop, meeting the parking needs for everyone becomes more of a challenge."

Because of that, parking at ASU Gammage and Lot 20 will now cost between $5 and $20 per show. Both were free last year.

The ASU Gammage lot will only be open to people with VIP passes, a valid disability placard or a prepaid pass purchased online, the email said.

The parking structure off Apache Blvd. will remain a paid-lot at $3 an hour on weekdays with a max daily rate of $15. On weekends, parking will be $15.

The 10th Street parking garage, which is off Myrtle Avenue across from Lot 20, will be $5 prepaid. When purchased day-of, parking will be $3 per hour with a max daily rate of $15 on weekdays. On weekends, the fee is $10.

News of the parking changes come less than two weeks until ASU Gammage launches its 2017-2018 season with Fun Home, the musical.

"Ideally, we would have liked to provide this information to patrons in a more timely fashion and apologize that information couldn't be finalized sooner," the email stated. It also noted that discussions about the parking situation had been happening for months.

Parking passes can be purchased ahead of time through the ASU Parking and Transit website. People will need to select the date and time of the show and the lot to park in.

The email encouraged people to purchase passes ahead of time online. It also will save you money; day-of parking is more expensive. Scroll down to view pricing.

ASU Gammage does have big-name shows for its 2017-2018 season, the most notable being the Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton. Other shows include The Bodyguard, Something Rotten!, Cinderella and The King and I.

View the rest of the season lineup.

In May, season subscriptions to ASU Gammage sold-out in less than two hours, a first in the theater's 50-year history.

Scroll below to view the parking options and pricing for ASU Gammage:

Gold Lot (Lot 3) - at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe AZ 85281
Pricing: $20. No day-of show passes available.
Lot is for VIP parking, those with disables placards and pre-paid pass holders only.

Maroon Garage (Apache Blvd. structure) - Off Apache Blvd. and Normal Avenue, immediately south of ASU Gammage
Pricing: $3 per hour with a daily max rate of $15 during the week, and $15 on weekends.

Green Lot (Lot 20) - University and Mill Avenue where the now-closed Chili's building was.
Pricing: $5 when purchased online or $10 day-of show

Orange Lot (10th Street parking structure) - Off Myrte Avenue between 9th and 10th streets, across from Lot 20.
Pricing: $5 when purchased online or $3 per hour during the week with max daily rate of $15; $10 on weekends.