Shuttle service brings fans to game
Football is a big deal in Pearland. How big? Big enough to necessitate eight shuttle buses running fans to and from two separate parking lots to the field under the Friday night lights each week during football season. And it’s been that way for quite some time.
“Pearland has been shuttling for years,” said Ben Pardo, Pearland ISD athletics director, “(I’m) not sure when it started.”
Not only does Pearland ISD provide transportation between parking lots and The Rig, which has limited parking capacity, but those who take advantage of the service are entered into a drawing to win a gift card each Friday.
“Service is provided from two locations — Turner College & Career High School on Bailey Road and First Baptist Church on Pearland Parkway,” Pardo said. “Simply park your car in one of the lots, jump on bus and grab a ticket for a chance to win a gift card. The shuttle will take you to the stadium and bring you back to your vehicle after the game. Eight shuttle buses run the entire night in the event you want to get an early start out of the stadium.”
Gift-card winners will be announced at game halftimes.
The service came about as a result to foster and build on community support for the football team, said Pardo, in addition to making attending games easier for the community.
“Friday nights are a community event and our attempt is to facilitate people attending,” he said. “Parking is limited at the stadium and it helps with flow getting in and out of the stadium. Buses drop you off at the gate and pick you up at the gate. Walking is definitely minimized. People take advantage of it so they don’t have to wrestle with the crowd. It usually depends on the game. The bigger the game, the more the fans use the shuttle option.”
Pardo said that the shuttle is a great option for people who can’t get to the games early.
“If you want to park at the stadium you need to get there early. If you arrive after 6:30 p.m., you should go straight to a shuttle lot because there will not be any parking at the stadium,” he said.
“We want to make sure that if you want to be there, we are here to help make that happen,” Pardo said.