Parking is one of UNLV’s biggest topics of debate. Because the campus is landlocked, UNLV officials and architects have strategically seized much of the school’s parking to make room for new buildings. Five parking garages are factored into the campus's master plan, and some construction headway has been made, but it'll be a while until the blueprints are a reality. The Thomas & Mack parking lot rarely fills up except when the rodeo is in town. The rodeo always comes to Las Vegas (thus, UNLV) during finals week and causes total chaos on campus. To make way for horses, stalls, and dirt, hundreds of student spots are roped off, causing students to be late for class because they can’t find a parking place anywhere.
Additionally, with new buildings encroaching on the vacant spaces and the student body ever-growing, parking lots are slowly being sliced away to make way for new construction projects. Shuttles are now in service to drive students, faculty, and staff to the edge of campus from their faraway vehicles, with the wait being eight to ten minutes, but few people are utilizing them.