SMU is ‘Home in the Heart of Texas’ for 2016 Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25

SMU Family Weekend 2016 bannerSMU family members from around the Metroplex and across the country will join their students in celebrating a beloved Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25, 2016. SMU Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.

Student research, creativity and innovation will be on display during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.

Find the full schedule for 2016 SMU Family Weekend

Limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Friday event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 7 p.m. Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.


SMU Boulevard celebrationClear bag policy at Ford Stadium:
The only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

Giving back: In keeping with this year’s “Home in the Heart of Texas” theme, the SMU Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County. Collection boxes for household items are available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and other locations.

Parking: On Friday, Sept. 23, Game Day parking is in effect. Please watch your e-mail on Thursday morning and plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a parking map.

— Sarah Hanan

SMU shares parking, relocation info for 2015 football home games

In anticipation of a capacity crowd for SMU Football’s home opener against Baylor, the University is asking students, faculty, and staff members to temporarily give up their parking spaces near Ford Stadium to accommodate visitors on game day and the evening before.

Several departments worked together on logistics for hosting the Friday-night football game, scheduled for Sept. 4, 2015. “Our goal is to minimize the impact of game day activities on our instructional activities while also showing a national audience the spirit and energy that surrounds the SMU community,” read an all-campus e-mail from SMU Information dated Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

The message also included a parking relocation map for 2015 home football games, included below.

2015 SMU Football gameday parking map

Detailed SMU parking instructions for Sept. 3-4, 2015

On Thursday, Sept. 3:

  • Students with Student or Resident parking permits may begin relocating their vehicles on Thursday at noon to the Airline and Law Parking Centers.
  • Beginning at 5 p.m., all resident students will need to relocate their vehicles to the Heroy Lot, Airline Parking Center or Law Parking Center.
  • Resident student vehicles must be removed from the areas indicated in red stripes on the map below by 11 p.m.
  • Resident student vehicles left in the areas indicated in red stripes below after 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 3 will be towed to Airline Garage and an $80 relocation fee assessed.

On Friday, Sept. 4:

  • Please plan for extra time to find parking on Friday morning and early afternoon. We also suggest that you arrive early to the campus for best availability. The last time a similar event took place, the Heroy Lot and Airline and Law Parking Centers filled very early in the morning. (Please note that the Airline Parking Center is the destination for towed student cars not moved by the Thursday night 11:00 p.m. deadline.)
  • Faculty, staff and commuter students with a valid SMU parking permit needing to remain until 5 p.m. may park in the Mustang (A) or Moody (B) Parking Centers as well as lots L, M, R, U and V. Entry to these locations will be suspended at 3 p.m. – exit only after this time. If you wish to stay for the game and you are parked in one of these lots, please pay to park beyond 5 p.m.
  • Faculty, staff and commuter students with a valid SMU parking permit and able to leave by 3 p.m. may park in the Binkley (C) or Meadows (F) Parking Centers as well as lots D, E and G. Entry to these locations will be suspended at noon – exit only after this time. If you wish to stay for the game and you parked in one of these lots, please relocate your vehicle to lot A, B, L, M, R, U or V and pay to park for the game.
  • Note that these same parking lots and garages will also be available for visitors seeking gameday parking.
  • Limited free parking is available on East Campus; make sure you park in the designated areas for SMU faculty and staff. You can also park for free at the Mockingbird DART station.
  • Bishop Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m. Anyone arriving to or leaving from campus after 12 p.m. will be directed to areas north and east of campus.
  • Please be aware that on-street parking around SMU is now governed by a resident permit system. Park Cities authorities may ticket or even tow vehicles illegally parked.
  • Additional Game Day parking info and map can be found online at SMUMustangs.com.
  • Questions and concerns about game day parking should be directed to the Athletics Department, 214-768-2106.

Vehicles may be returned to their normal parking areas following the end of the football game on Friday night. They must be removed from their temporary locations no later than 7 a.m. on Tuesday to avoid receiving a citation. If your vehicle has been towed, you may retrieve it from the rooftop of Airline garage before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Vehicles left there after 7 a.m. Tuesday are subject to a citation.

Students, faculty and staff are reminded that the communities of Highland Park and University Park have established resident-only parking areas near the SMU campus. Cars without resident parking or guest permits may be cited or towed by the Park Cities police departments.

All parking on campus is managed by the SMU Athletics Department during home football games. Please contact the SMU Athletics Department directly at 214-768-2866 or AthleticsGameDay@smu.edu for additional game day parking information or assistance. Please visit http://www.smumustangs.com/parking/ for more information about parking on games days.

About GuestAssist: Getting to the Game and Getting Around Ford Stadium

The GuestAssist app enables SMU football game attendees to start a text message conversation with Ford Stadium staff directly. Navigating the smart phone application – available in both iPhone and Android format – can help you stay up to date on parking information, give you directions to your gate, or assist you in finding the closest location of a concession stand.

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