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UNLV students struggle with parking ahead of presidential debate

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We’re just days away from the third and final presidential debate, set to take place at the Thomas & Mack on the campus of UNLV. Parking lots are already being shut down, and that has many students inconvenienced.

"Parking is a nightmare," said UNLV freshman Katie Metzger.

"Definitely parking is an issue," said student Ajah Hyten.

"Always a crisis. If you don't come early, you're likely to not find a spot," Metzger said. 

With the debate just days away, those parking spots are becoming harder to spot on campus.

The Tropicana lot, the ‘N’ Lot and all Thomas & Mack parking spaces will not be available starting Friday. That's more than 5,600 spaces.

"I actually park over in the Tropicana lot," said UNLV student Greg Grilley. "Considering most of my classes are canceled, I'm OK with it."

"A lot of my classes are actually canceled because of the parking situation," said UNLV freshman Taylor Ryshkus.

Students usually celebrate when they hear classes are canceled, but with this week’s special circumstances, that's not the case.

"The classes now have to be longer that we do take because we're taking off, so I'm taking a two-and-a-half hour class instead an hour-and-a-half class," Ryshkus said. 

UNLV staff say despite the loss of premium parking, they have opened nearly 5,800 alternative parking spots. More than half of those spaces are at McCarran Airport, where a shuttle would pick you up and take you to and from campus.

"It might attract new people to come to the school - they've never heard of the school - but the ones that are here, it's a disruption," said Ryshkus.

"I'd still rather have the debates here then have it be somewhere else. It gets people talking about the debate, involved in political ideas and discussions, which is important," Hyten said. 

Most may be annoyed, but the majority of students understand what a big deal this is not just for the university but in the scope of history as well, calling the minor inconvenience a necessary evil.

"Just watching the debate last night, and I went, ‘Oh, I wish I could be here.’ The fact that it is coming to Las Vegas and going to be on campus is really exciting," Hyten said. 

Click here for a full overview of street and building closures, as well as alternative parking on campus.

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