Why I Love ParkWhiz: Reserve Your Ideal Spot
Whenever I am going to drive and park at the game, especially in a ballpark that’s in the heart of a city, I always check ParkWhiz first for two very good reasons.
The first is the cost of parking, of course. At Fenway Park in Boston, most of the lots within a half mile of the ballpark cost upwards of $50 or more. At Yankee Stadium in New York, the team lots next to the stadium are $35 as of this writing. I can only imagine what they’ll cost at Wrigley Field this year.
In the heart of the city especially, people want to be close to the ballpark, especially at night. You probably don’t want to be in an unfamiliar place with your kids searching for the garage five blocks away where you parked. So many times, people will pay that exorbitant parking fee.
The second reason is traffic. If you’ve ever been stuck in downtown Baltimore on a Friday night looking for an affordable garage, as I have, you know how utterly exasperating that can be. You just want to get to the ballpark and start enjoying your crab dip fries at the yard, but you’re sitting…and sitting…and sitting at that red light that seems to be green just long enough to empty the gridlock and let one car through.
Sometimes fans don’t realize that it’s not as easy to find a spot as they would think in the heart of a city…especially an affordable spot. Parking is almost always expensive close to the ballpark and traffic is usually backed up for days at gametime. Or there may be another event happening nearby to clog things up even worse.
It’s far, far better to know exactly where you’re going beforehand and have your spot reserved. I have never had a problem in Baltimore since that miserable experience, thanks to ParkWhiz.
Sometimes you don’t want to use public transit. Maybe you’re taking the kids and don’t want to be on crowded subway platforms with them, or you’re with a group of friends and it would be cheaper to just drive and park.
ParkWhiz is something like StubHub for parking. The website and app enable you to search from a decent selection of available spots, and you can sort them by price, popularity or proximity to the venue. You select a spot, print the reservation and take it with you, and you can plug the address into your GPS and get there practically hassle-free. You may still deal with traffic, but at least you know where you’re going and it’s already paid for. If you want, you can Google the address and see what people say about it.
Take it from me, there is a world of difference between searching for a garage at 2 MPH and paying $50 for it and just having your reservation and going and paying half that or even less. Finding a decent parking spot at many ballparks is a hassle I rarely deal with anymore. ParkWhiz saves me money every time I use it, and it’s a GREAT relief to know that my spot will be there.
You should always book your parking beforehand if you’re driving, unless you already know a great inexpensive spot. And I have found ParkWhiz to be the best resource for that.
So tell them I sent you (full disclosure: ParkWhiz is an affiliate of Ballpark E-Guides). Whenever you’re parking at a ballpark in the city, try ParkWhiz first.
(ParkWhiz logo courtesy of ParkWhiz.)