The Howard Wood Dakota Relays and the STI graduation ceremony ran side by side Friday night, causing further delays in the Russell Street construction zone and some parking issues.
To help reduce the congestion, STI offered a shuttle service to and from the Arena for graduates and their families.
"We know we're going to have a parking problem so we've asked a bussing company to take our students and their parents to the Sioux Falls arena," said STI Director of Students Jim Rokusek.
Since the event's center construction began, many people have feared parking around the Arena when multiple events are going on, but the Convention Center's General Manager says the perceived lack of parking is a misconception.
"In reality, with the event's center footprint and the new McCart Field parking lots, we're approximately the same number of parking lots that we've always had," said Convention Center General Manager Terry Torkildson.
Torkildson says the events center construction is blocking about 400 parking spots, but the McCart Fields parking add 350 parking spots for events at the complex.
However, with road and building construction, it can get quite confusing around the Arena, so Torkildson has brought in more parking directors for the complex.
If you're looking for parking at the Dakota Relay's this weekend, you can park in Lot E off of Russell Street or Lot D with access form Western Avenue. There is also parking available at Lot B and the McCart Fields with connecting sidewalks to get across Madison or Western.
Fans can also walk through the Arena to get to Howard Wood Stadium.
If you're heading to or from the arena area, you can take Madison Street all the way to I-29 and avoid the construction congestion on Russell Street.
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