CLEVELAND, Ohio — The FOX 8 I-Team is investigating what it will cost to park downtown Tuesday, and what it will take to find a spot.
Demand is expected to be extreme with downtown workers, the World Series starting, and the Cavs home opener.
The USA Parking lot directly across the street from the ballpark is expected to cost $80.
ABM Parking manages lots in Cleveland, and a spokesman said the prices would range from $70 to $20. Those closest to the ballpark and arena will be more expensive.
Meantime, we did some checking on parking websites. And, we noticed a space at the Public Square Parking Garage for Tuesday night listed at $30. And, we noticed the garage taking reservations. So the I-Team went there.
A manager said, “yes, $30 will be the rate there,” and the garage is honoring reservations.
Several blocks away at the 777 Rockwell Garage, we were told the rate would be $20, and that garage is also taking reservations.
For comparison, a quick check found some parking near Wrigley Field in Chicago advertised for upwards of $300.
The biggest problem in downtown Cleveland may be actually finding a spot. One downtown worker told us, she’s leaving her car at home Tuesday; taking the train or bus instead.
Meantime, parking lot operators also warn to watch out for conmen. Often when the surface lots get very busy, crooks pose as parking attendants, and they take money from drivers too busy and hurried to make sure they’re paying the right people.
Adding to the demand, many national TV crews have trailers in prime downtown parking spaces, and the city has many restrictions for parking on the streets.
USA Parking notified its customers that monthly parking passes will be good until 6 p.m. Then, even those folks would get charged the higher rate.
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