Dothan Civic Center Visitors Upset about Parking

By Carolyn Brewster

Published 02/19 2014 07:28PM

Updated 02/19 2014 08:23PM

Inside the arena there's plenty of room but that's not the case outside.

 "We're riding around not knowing if our vehicle will be towed or not," said Derrick Taylor, a parent of a Eufaula Tiger Athlete.

But to city officials the parking issue is nothing new.

"Our arena is attached to our city hall so we don't have the luxury of having the arena parking separate so we have to make sure there's enough parking for business people," said City Manager, Mike West.

But those trying to find parking for the game say that's not an excuse. Derrick Taylor drove 50 miles from Eufaula to see his son play in the tournament but spent almost 30 minutes trying to find a parking spot, making him late for the game.

"I mean if they're going to host the event down here they should have better parking for the parents at least. You've got people traveling a long way when you've got like 20 teams in the tournament and we can't find parking. It's frustrating," said Taylor.

 "I think if you go to almost any major venue in any city where you draw a lot of people parking becomes an issue so I don't think we're any different from a football game at Tuscaloosa or a football game at the Swamp," said West.

Many coming to watch the tournament are from out of town and are concerned about being towed. West says unless you're on private property or causing a safety hazard you will not be towed.

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