Is it shocking at all that the free spots filled up first and filled up early?
It's not "shocking" it's just different than in previous years.
For instance I have been able to drive up to Kirby Smith and the surrounding neighborhood and park in the lot or at the elementary school for years.
Now the school is off limits, the band practice field is off limits, the curb parking is gone etc.
is that there has been some pretty dramatic parking and traffic pattern changes, a lot of people have not adapted, and that has led to a whole series of events. From no-shows, to anger at LSU, to people circling or backed up in their cars for an extra hour or two causing even more delays, etc.