Poll: How Will You Get to Giants Games When Parking Meter Rates Go Up?

Rates on parking meters near AT&T Park, a cheap alternative for some Giants games, are getting a big increase.

Starting this summer and continuing into 2013, fans driving to San Francisco Giants games will have to pay more for parking on some streets near the ballpark, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The story says:

The city's plan is to install about 200 new parking meters in the Mission Bay area south of the ballpark in the next few weeks, all initially carrying rates from 25 cents to $1.25 an hour, which could be adjusted slightly up or down every six weeks.

Then next spring, the prices on all the meters in Mission Bay and in a 10-square-block area west of the ballpark will rise to $5 to $7 an hour during games and other special events. Operating hours on those meters will be extended to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

This will doom cheap alternatives within five minutes' walk of the stadium and put street parking on a par with paying $15 or $20 at nearby parking lots - some of which jack rates as high as $100 for big games, such as the one Friday night against the Dodgers.

San Francisco Giants parking and transportation

San Francisco Giants parking map

Mr. Pickles July 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I have the best seat to all of the Giant and A's games. Home and away. Yup you guessed it. Right in my living room, on the Lazyboy. In front of 62" of high definition surround sound. The hotdogs always affordable and tasty "thank you Costco" And the beer keeps flowing through the 7th inning. No lines for the restroom either.
Punxnotdead July 27, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I grew up in the South Bay as a fan of baseball. Nowadays, baseball is not worth the cost of seeing it live, outside of once or twice a season. As Daniel points out, baseball is a sport that is as good or better watched from the comfort of home. Now hockey, especially SJ Sharks games at The Tank...that's always better in person than at home on the TV. Go Sharks and keep you stick on the ice!
Jennifer Squires July 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Ugh. I love those parking meters!
TonyG July 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I'm an A's fan so I don't have to worry about it.. Yet!
Tina July 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Owners wonder why game attendance is dropping @ games, especially A's games. Who can afford it anymore? Tickets, parking, food, a drink, your looking at $100 easy! Take a kid or a date, forget about it! I won't even talk about the cost of football games. Athletes are overpaid, over glorified, and under appreciative. Fans are being priced out of the parks. Like Daniel says, the best seats are the ones at home. You miss the crowds but you can still pay the rent!
Jim Chu July 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM
If a game takes 3 hours and parking is $7/hr, how do you feed a parking meter $21? And I thought it was bad at the laundromat! The greed is getting really bad. First the ticket prices keep going up. Then the parking - $35 to park at the game? Really? $8 beer? $6 hot dog? I could take my kids to Disneyland for the cost of two Giants games. But I suppose it's just as bad taking them to the movies at $15 a ticket, $7 for a tub of popcorn, $5 for a drink - *sigh*. The only good thing about the high cost of live entertainment is that it makes it easier to justify paying $1800 for that 65" TV!
John Harrington July 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Retired and can't afford to go to a game. Watch them on the tube.
John Harrington July 31, 2012 at 01:04 AM
That's the way to do it................
K July 31, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Well how will I get to the giants games when the meters go up? Very simple solutions here people... It's called BART, I know it's crazy but there's a train now that takes you to sf and a bit of a walk and your there or think about this crazy new invention, they have a thing called a parking lots where you pay a certain price and park the whole game. Who cares about the meters going up I take Bart.
Camaro on Cinderblocks July 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
You can always park in Potrero Hill for free. It's a 15 minute walk.
Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Caltrain.... I go from Millbrae and if I stay out and miss the last train I can always take BART back.
Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:34 AM
BART is ok, but it's a pain in the balls to get to AT&T on Muni or foot.
Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:38 AM
An added plus to Caltrain... very short walk to AT&T, and the clientele is a little better than BART (not ghetto, feels much safer than BART.... just some loud drunks on the ride back.
Mama Tex August 01, 2012 at 06:36 PM
For a family of 4 round trip from Dublin/Pleasanton station to Montgomery or Embarcadero is $11.30 round trip per person, which is $45.20 for all to make the trip – then you have to buy transfer tickets at the Muni sales table at BART at $3.50 per person for a round trip , which equals $14, so total for public transportation is $59.20!!! – it is cheaper to drive my SUV and pay $30 to park once I get there!!!! The couch sounds much better and cheaper, ballgames are now a special occasion trip in my family – not an all American past time – very sad!!!
Rob Rich August 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It's only cheaper to drive & pay to park your SUV if you ignore wear and tear on your vehicle (& associated environmental costs). Gas + tolls alone will still set you back another $20. (And for big games, the lots jack the parking rates sky high.) Of course, by taking MUNI you miss a sweet walk along the Embarcadero. For those who are able to walk the mile or so on flat ground from BART to the park you save money, get exercise and have the nicest views around. A true win-win. As an alternative, if you are pressed for time you can always ride your bikes down the Embarcadero and park them at the valet bicycle parking tucked under the park along McCovey Cove. A fun option is to take the ferry. There are plenty of good reasons not to fight traffic, but it is certainly an option.


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