Fans attending a TCU home football game can park at Paschal High School and support its athletic programs.
The parking lots at the high school, located less than a mile from Amon G. Carter Stadium, are used for both home and visiting fans. The fee to park at the lot is $15 but includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle that can transport people to and from the stadium.
“We are providing space for people to park and they [TCU] still provide the shuttle to get to the games,” said Terri Mossige, the principal at Paschal. “And then it helps fund our athletic programs.”
The school parks around 400 cars and earns $6,000 per TCU game. The funds are then given to each sport to spend on equipment, athletic apparel and traveling expenses.
Brittany Rose, the assistant girls soccer coach, said Paschal’s Athletic Booster Club has helped the soccer program purchase goals, balls and practice gear.
“The district only funds a limited amount for supplies and uniforms,” Mossige said. “That’s not going to provide anything extra, just the bare bones.”
This is where the booster club helps with additional costs. The “Park for Paschal” idea started when TCU joined the Big 12 Conference and the demand for parking rose.
Lisa Saucedo, the coordinator for Paschal parking, said the amount raised from each game depends on the opponent.
“When it is a sellout game, we get creative and park in the grass and try to utilize all the space that we have here at Paschal,” Saucedo said. “There are many parent volunteers who meet on game days to collect money and direct parking in the school lot.”
The partnership between Paschal and TCU is considered a “win-win” by Mossige.
“A group of parents went forward, talked to TCU and worked out a deal that was beneficial for both,” Mossige said.