Dozens of Tech fans found themselves stranded after last week's football game against Ole' Miss. It all started when a seemingly legitimate parking enterprise in North Overton became a massive towing operation. Most people thought it would be okay to park in the North Overton area, but were misled. Texas State Legal Services Wrecking Service towed 37 cars. This week, fans were back again with cash in hand, but did they use it to park or to get their cars out of the tow lot?
Some fans were skeptical at first. "Is this the tow-away zone?" says one Tech fan pulling into a parking lot.
But carloads pulled into this 5th and University parking lot just before kick-off Saturday. Their spirits were high, but worries about leaving their cars parked were low. "We parked here last week and it was fine it worked great," says one Tech fan.
That is because the Oakwood Baptist Church Youth Group mans this parking lot and charging $10 for every car that parks here for a good reason. "We're out selling parking tickets for the Texas Tech game for a fund raiser for our student ministry, and the money will go to different events that the students do all the money goes to the students," says Jerry Ramirez, Oakwood Baptist Church youth minister.
"What we're doing today (Saturday) is really trying to accommodate people with a good parking location here and ensure that we didn't have the same situation that occurred here last weekend which was very unfortunate," says Mark Murdock, Vice President of Marketing for McDougal, Co.
And knowing the money is going toward a good cause has some Tech fans very grateful. "I think this has been a good deal that they've come out and cleared up the controversy over the parking of last week and I feel comfortable and I like the idea of the money going to help a youth ministry here locally," says one Tech fan.
"I'm comfortable parking here it's for the youth group. I don't think anyone from the church would have my car towed," says another Tech fan.
A total of 140 cars were parked at 5th & University Saturday, and none were toed. Oakwood Baptist Church raised $1,400.