Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Parking Prices

On Monday night when Linzy and I went to the Vikings game, we didn't ride the light rail like we have in the past. Instead we decided to try our luck at finding reasonable parking near the Metrodome.

We got lucky and after just a little bit of driving around, we found an open parking meter just a block behind the dome. The street was not very crowded, I think because it was basically a one-way shot that dropped you on 94 without much opportunity to get off once you got past the stadium.

We sat at the meter for a bit, waiting until closer to game time, so that we would be able to put enough time on the clock. While sitting there, we noticed something pretty amusing.

On the right side of the street, just opposite from where we parked was a small out-of-the-way parking lot charging $15 for event parking. On the left was a large parking ramp that you entered on the next street over, but that dropped people out onto our street as they were walking to the stadium.

As people came out of the parking ramp, they basically end up standing next to our car staring at the lot across the street. As more and more people came out, it became obvious that the ramp was charging quite a bit more then $15 to park there. In fact, they were charging $25 for parking effectively at the same location as the parking lot.

The responses from people ranged from the bemused:

$15, damn. We should have parked there.

To the frustrated:

Shoot. Why didn't I come down here first!

To the hilariously angry:

Ten Mother-F**king-Dollars!

The last one had me and Linzy rolling in laughter, especially when combined with his angry pointing arm motions and expression.


Bill Roehl said...

Owned :)

Kim rides the bus downtown daily so she gets a pass through work for a reduced cost. With that in her pocket we only have to pay for my ticket when we ride from 28th Ave.

It's really unfortunate that we will probably never see a South Metro rail station. I'd love to be able to save a couple bucks on gas :(

McBrideFarm said...

That's funny! I wonder if he was thinking "Ten dollars would have had me two more Bud Lights at the game!"? :)

Steve Eck said...

Bill, I agree that a south metro station would be ideal. But it won't happen...

Sarah, Unfortunately I don't think $10 gets you two beers at the Dome these days. It probably doesn't even get you a beer and a hot dog. :)