Rams Head Center Opens, Expanding Visitor Parking

Campus visitors can take advantage of a new place to park as of early March, when a three-story parking deck opened in the new Rams Head Center on Ridge Road south of Kenan Stadium.

The new deck is built on the site that formerly was the Ramshead parking lot. Where the old Ramshead parking lot held 400 cars, the Rams Head (officially changed to two words) deck will accommodate 400 visitor spaces and another 368 reserved for students.

The opening of the parking deck affects visitors to the George Watts Hill Alumni Center and The Carolina Club, whose visitor parking had been moved to Stadium Drive after the Ramshead parking lot was demolished. Visitors now can park in the center’s visitors’ spaces instead of on Stadium Drive, where plans call for spaces to be marked for campus permit-holders, according to Public Safety spokesman Randy Young.

Ehringhaus field, which has been used for parking during the center’s construction, will return to recreational use.

While the parking deck will become the primary visitor lot on campus, Young noted that visitors can park at more than 200 metered spaces on campus and at the Morehead Planetarium, the Dogwood Deck, the Ambulatory Care Center lot on South Campus, the Swain Lot near the Ackland Art Museum and the N.C. 54 lot.

Plans for a parking deck near Cobb dorm also include spaces for visitors. That deck is scheduled to open in fall 2006.

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