Thinking about saving time, space and money by merely meeting friends who may be tailgating in The Pit on West 3rd street this weekend? Well, if so, you better scratch off the “money” part of said goals as pedestrians will no longer get by unscathed.
From Cleveland’s a Plum, we get the preposterous account of Network Parking now charging a $5 Pedestrian Fee to those merely looking to stand around with their tailgating brethren before the Orange and Brown kick off.
My friends and i have been tailgating for browns home games in “the pit”, a lot owned and managed by network parking, for years.
So as I headed to the pit to tailgate for the Browns/Bengals this past Sunday morning I was beyond surprised to see that there was a network parking attendant collecting a “$5 pedestrian fee” from tailgaters to hangout in their parking lot.
Essentially a $5 cover charge to walk through a parking lot – a slab of concrete.
When I was asked to pay the fee, I laughed, said no way, and walked away. but I didn’t get far… the attendant called a couple of cops over because there was a group of about 15 people (including my friend and I) refusing to pay.
It’s not the $5, it’s the principle. you simply can’t start charging a “pedestrian fee” the second home game of the browns season – isn’t the $30 a spot enough to make a profit, network parking?
It was the infamous Muni Lot that made headlines before the season with their ridiculous 7am rule (which was ultimately nixed by authorities due to traffic issues closer to 6am), and now it’s a pedestrian fee at the lot just east of the stadium. The issue has since been picked up by 19 Action News and Gawker Media’s The Consumerist – both parties understandably siding with the fans.
Given that each car now pays $30, it makes financial sense to squeeze as many people as humanly possible into a back seat or truck bed prior to entering the pit. Stack ‘em up! Of course, there isn’t a parachuting-in fee…yet.
(Update: The Plain Dealer reports that the parking lot will no longer charge those who appear to be cutting through the lot. No word on what they plan to do with those that have coolers and such.)