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Why Buy Parking Passes Along with Your Tickets?

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When you go to buy game tickets this season, you may notice listings for parking too. Why buy parking passes along with your tickets? Well, it is all about convenience. 

Most professional stadiums and ballparks charge parking fees on gamedays. Some colleges do too, depending on where you park in relation to the stadium. Often, guests are encouraged to pre-pay for parking to help speed up the process when they get to the lot. 

For you, that means less time in line and more time on the grill. Or it means you have a better shot at nabbing that limited-time giveaway at the gate. Either way, buying ahead of time will help avoid the headache of waiting in long lines before the game.

How do I buy pre-paid parking? 

If you buy tickets directly from a team site, then parking is usually offered as an add-on before checkout much like upgraded experiences at concerts and festivals. When you buy resale, they may be listed separately but work the same way. Both the ticket and parking pass will be transferred to you for use upon arrival. 

How much is NFL parking?

Depending on the size of your car and proximity to the stadium, NFL parking passes can range from $18 – $50. The price will also depend on which market you live in with Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, AT&T Stadium in Arlington and GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ranking among the most expensive. Prices tend to increase in the postseason too leading up to the Super Bowl.

How much is MLB parking?

MLB parking follows a similar model with regular-season passes averaging around $30. In the postseason, prices increase and peak with World Series parking. It is common in at some ballparks like American Family Field in Milwaukee or Fenway Park in Boston to only purchase parking lot passes and prioritize tailgating over attending the game. This can lead to oversold lots and more stress for fans on gameday. Avoid that risk by making a plan and buying your passes in advance.