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Free Parking May Become An Issue For The Coyotes

from Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic,

A linchpin of the deal that kept the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale was expected revenue from parking and other fees.

But the hockey franchise’s new parking plan depends partially on the far-fetched scenario that hockey fans will pay $10 to $30 to park in lots controlled by the team, rather than access free parking in adjacent lots — some of which are closer to the arena.

Both the Coyotes’ lots and the free lots are within the Westgate Entertainment District, which features Jobing.com Arena, the AMC Westgate 20 movie theater and about 25 bars, restaurants and retail outlets.

The Coyotes manage about 5,500 parking spaces in the entertainment district, while Westgate manages about 3,000.

Previously, most parking for Coyotes games was free.

That will change with the first 2013-14 preseason game on Sept. 15, when the Coyotes will become the final team in the National Hockey League to charge for all spaces the team controls.

Parking fees are critical to the Coyotes’ new management-agreement with Glendale to run the city-owned arena where the Coyotes have played since 2003.

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Gee, I wonder if people will go if they pay as much to park as they did for the ticket.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/29/13 at 09:07 AM ET

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Sooooo…...3000 free spaces, consider an average of 2.5 people per car (made it up, but some ppl will drive themselves, and some will have a car of 4). That is potentially 7500 people who can park for free. Take the average coyotes attendance last year, and you have potentially half of the people who attend not paying for parking (obviously all 3000 spaces won’t be taken up by hockey fans). 

Is that 9 million is guaranteed from city to team? If so, and the parking revenues fall short of that by half, then you are already 22.5 million dollars over five towards the required 50 million for the out clause to kick in.

No chance they are in phoenix past 2018

Posted by BettmenSucks79 on 08/29/13 at 10:38 AM ET

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Yeah, their ‘optimistic’ (read: crooked) financials are already starting to unravel.

Posted by Savage Henry on 08/29/13 at 11:05 AM ET

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This approach was assinine in its inception to anyone that has ever visited the Jobing arena. If I am a retailer at the mall, I’d be pissed that my customers may actually have to pay to park after the hockey crowd takes up much of the free parking.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/29/13 at 12:01 PM ET

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I will never pay for parking to a Coyotes game.  If they start charging and there’s no other choice I’ll just take the bus (3 miles isn’t THAT far to go on mass transit). 

Personally, I’m very glad hockey had stayed here.  Nothing beats having a hockey arena so close with tickets so dirt cheap.  Nothing can last forever I suppose.

Posted by neffernin on 08/29/13 at 07:13 PM ET

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