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KFOX14 examines what other Triple A cities charge for parking near stadiums

By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso Chihuahua's home opener is just about a month away, but where fans will park and how much they'll have to pay is still being worked out.

As city leaders are getting close to making decisions on parking, KFOX14 found out how other cities with Triple A baseball teams handle their parking situation.

Next Tuesday the El Paso City Council will consider parking changes that would include tripling parking meter prices to $2.50 an hour near the stadium, extending hours until 10 p.m. and adding more meters.

"It's way too pricey," said Jose Ramirez, of Central, who plans to go to the games.

KFOX14 reached out to Oklahoma City officials to see what they charge for parking around their Triple A stadium in Bricktown.

Bricktown is a trendy entertainment district that includes the Redhawk team's stadium. Tom Anderson, with the citymanager's office, tells KFOX14 they don't charge for meters past 6 p.m. or on weekends, when most of the games are played.

Plus parking is relatively cheap, $1 per hour in Bricktown.

Anderson said the city does own some nearby parking garages where they charge between $5 to $10, depending on the events happening in Bricktown.

The general manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes said they don't have to deal with meters because their stadium neighbors the University of New Mexico and the university controls the three major parking lots nearby.

Those lots charge $5 per car, but if you have four or more people parking is free.

Anderson said OKC did consider possibly extending meter hours in the entertainment district -- but ultimately left it as it is.

"It's a funny (thing), people will pay $150 for a concert ticket but then they'll park six blocks away to avoid paying the $8 to park in our lot next to the arena," said Anderson.