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Directions

To East Lansing

  • FROM NORTH/SOUTH: US 127 to Trowbridge Rd exit.
  • FROM WEST: I-96/69 to I-496 to Trowbridge Rd exit.
  • FROM NORTHEAST: I-69 to US 127 South to Trowbridge Rd exit.
  • FROM SOUTHEAST: I-96 to Okemos Rd exit.

To Wharton Center

From Trowbridge Rd Exit

Take Trowbridge Rd past Harrison Rd and follow the curve left to Red Cedar. Turn Right at Wilson Rd. Continue on Wilson Rd, cross Bogue St. and turn left into Wharton Center parking ramp’s Wilson Rd entrance.

From Okemos Rd Exit

Take Okemos Rd North, turn left onto Jolly Rd (first light), turn right onto Hagadorn Rd and continue to Shaw Lane. Turn left onto Shaw Lane and follow to Wharton Center parking ramp.


Event Parking

Cobb Great Hall and Pasant Events

Wharton Ramp (MSU Ramp 3)

  • $10 fee, cash only
  • $20 fee may apply on MSU’s home football game days
  • 766 Shaw Ln. East Lansing, 48824
  • Barrier-free parking is available on all levels. Wharton Center entrance (level 2) is accessible by elevator.
  • There are many facilities that utilize this ramp. We recommend that you arrive at least 30-45 minutes before curtain to take advantage of parking in this immediate area. Parking is available at several MSU lots surrounding the theatre.
  • If an event parking fee is not charged upon entry, Pay By Plate payment is required within the hours of 6am-10pm, Monday though Friday. 
  • Please note that all parking ramps and all surface lots are staffed and operated by MSU Parking Services. For additional information, please contact Parking Services at (517) 355-8440.

Fee Hall Surface Lot (Lot 32)

  • Event parking fee may apply
  • Located southeast of Wharton Center, approximately .3 miles

Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden Surface Lot (Lot 54)

  • Event parking fee may apply
  • Located south of Wharton Center, approximately .3 miles
  • Near 1066 Bogue St.

Shaw Ramp (Lot 51)

  • Unmarked spaces and “Pay by Plate” spaces are free after 6PM, Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • You may encounter a $20 parking fee or unavailability during MSU’s home football games
  • Located northwest of Wharton Center, approximately .3 miles
  • 592 N. Shaw Ln., East Lansing, 48824
  • Not available for WEEKDAY MATINEE events.

​Nearby Road Construction

Southbound Hagadorn Road goes down to one lane approximately 100 yards prior to Shaw Lane. Expect traffic congestion on southbound and northbound Hagadorn Road.

Fee Road to Wilson Road is closed due to the Wilson Road Extension Project. Expected completion is mid-November. When finished, Wilson Road will connect to Hagadorn Road.


Parking During Business Hours

Visitor parking is available in the ramp adjacent to Wharton Center. The MSU Parking Office operates a Pay By Plate system at this location.   

  • The hourly rate is $1.80/hour
  • Cash and credit cards are accepted at the pay stations.  Change is not given and refunds are not issued for time paid for but not used.
  • Payment is required Monday-Friday from 6am-10pm.
  •  If you are visiting the Ticket Office or Wharton Gifts, select the Wharton Tickets/Gifts option for complimentary 30 minute parking. Wharton Center is unable to reimburse parking fees.
  • Pay by Plate payment is not required when event parking fee is paid upon entry.
  • No Parking from 2am-6am, every day

Using Pay by Plate Parking

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  1. Make note of your license plate number
  2. Locate a pay station

     ■  Level 2 at the walkway from the ramp to Wharton Center
     ■  Level 1 near all pedestrian exits

  3. Enter your license plate number
  4. Select duration
  5. Payment

Parking by the Front Entrance 

Also, visitors will find a limited number of parking meters located in front of the Wharton Center, off of Bogue Street. Payment is required 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Cash and credit cards are accepted. 



MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Events

Auditorium surface lot (Lot 9)

  • 542 Auditorium Rd.
  • Meters free after 6PM
  • Barrier free entrance located on southwest side of building, drop off only

Administration Ramp (Lot 12)

  • 458 Auditorium Rd.
  • Approximately .3 miles to Auditorium

Please note that all parking ramps and all surface lots are staffed and operated by MSU Parking Services. For additional information, please contact Parking Services at (517) 355-8440.