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Parking at Game 3 of NLCS at AT&T Park running upwards of $100 (photos)


On Tuesday afternoon, baseball fans will stream into the beautiful A&T Park to watch the hometown San Francisco Giants host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS.

And while Giants fans by all accounts will be nervous yet ready to cheer on their beloved baseball team as it tries to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series, they are in store for some sticker shock as it relates to just how much it will cost them to park their automobiles within walking distance of the ballpark.

According to some tweets from those on the scene in San Fran, parking rates are ranging between $80 and $100, a pretty outrageous sum of money to use a parking space for several hours.

But sadly, it is true. Price gouging has never appeared so … gougy … to make up a word.

The fact that parking is at a premium in San Francisco even when the Giants aren’t playing, the prices do seem ridiculously obscene.

And yet, given that the entities operating the parking lots around AT&T Park are armed with the knowledge that they are in possession of something that fans arriving in town in cars desperately need — parking spots — they apparently feel that they can charges whatever amount that suits them. And the fans? Well, if they want to park, they’re going to have to pay. An absurdly sickening sum of money.

And yet, fans attending Tuesday afternoon’s game should take some solace in the fact that when compared to what was being charged for a parking spot during the 2012 World Series when the Giants faced the Tigers in town, $80 is an absolute steal. Which is a sad, sad commentary. At least fans, while fuming over how they just got totally screwed by some greedy parking lot owner, can rest assured that once they gain entry to the ballpark, they will be able to enjoy a $12 beer and a $10 hot dog…

Hey, wait a second…

[H/T SB Nation]