You have it all figured out…
You've put together the perfect tailgating menu…
You even planned your travel route, with alternate directions in case traffic gets too crazy.
And then you realize that you don’ have a stadium parking pass.
No problem, right? Yes, NP… until you see this:
What you are looking at is not the cost of a season parking pass, nor is it for the Super Bowl. What you are seeing is the cheapest price for an “official” parking spot for the New England Patriots 2017 home opener on 9/7, and it doesn’t even include fees and shipping.
While the Patriots are an extreme example, the point I’m trying to make is this: if you thought secondary market prices are overinflated for game tickets, it’s even worse for parking.
The initial average secondary market ticket price of $243.361 in 2016 was 162% more than the average face value cost2, while the cheapest price for parking passes on the secondary market averages $1093, or 235% more than the average face value cost.
That fact that there are 5 teams - the Patriots, Bears, Saints, Raiders, Browns(!) - whose cheapest parking pass is more expensive than some of their game tickets, only highlights the absurdity of the cost of parking at some NFL stadiums.
Park and Ride. For those that are adverse to using public transportation, using a Park and Ride is a good compromise. A great time and money saver if available.
Pros: Avoid stadium parking lot exit traffic, save lots of money.
Cons: Not ideal if you’re toting extra gear and/or small children.
Find a sports bar with parking and shuttle. If there is a nearby sports bar that offers parking and a shuttle ride to the stadium, go for it. It’s an all-in-one solution for a pre-game meal, TV, & parking, and will likely cost you no more than $50 (for two).
Pros: Save money on food, drinks, & parking.
Cons: Alas, places like this are quite rare.
Pros: Save money. Avoid stadium exit traffic.
Cons: Tailgating may not be permitted. You may have to walk a bit to get to the stadium.
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